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Plastics process worker Plastics worker, plastics process operative, plastic injection moulder

Plastics process workers operate and monitor machines that produce plastic products.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but it may be helpful if you have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and ICT
  • factory work experience
  • forklift truck licence

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Cogent Skills has more information about working in the plastics processing industries.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • maths skills
  • practical skills
  • record-keeping skills
  • attention to detail

3. What you'll do

You'll work on a production line and control machinery that makes plastic products.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • weighing and mixing raw materials
  • feeding materials into a machine
  • monitoring production and adjusting machine settings
  • cleaning and maintaining machines
  • trimming excess plastic from products
  • recording the amount of raw material used
  • quality control checks
  • reporting problems
  • labelling, stacking and packing products

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000 (team leaders)

You may earn extras for shifts and overtime.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may work shifts, covering nights and weekends.

You'll work in a factory or workshop. The environment is usually clean and well ventilated.

You'll wear protective clothing. The work is physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into areas like quality control, lab work or machine tool setting.

You could also become a team leader, process technician, or product designer.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017