Plastics and composites processors handle machinery that manufactures or finishes plastic or composite products by injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, blow film extrusion and other processes. They may also finish, repair, and refinish damaged products.
Duties & Tasks
Plastics and composites processors may perform the following tasks:check machine settings and safety devices before their operation, set controls and start machines
mix and prepare materials to be moulded
prepare moulds or tooling for required lay-up
interpret material requirements and quantities for required lay-up
regulate the machine temperatures, pressures and speeds of operation of manually operated and semi-automatic equipment
extract mouldings and extrusions, cut off waste material, and trim and finish moulded components in accordance with machine cycle and quality specifications
assemble, install, or secure moulded-in components
control feeding devices for wire and cable coating
control blending, compounding and drying equipment
maintain production and quality assessment records
apply surface coatings to moulds
apply core materials like foam, balsa and honeycomb structures to the laminate
apply resin/reinforcement matrix by hand or by machine
adjust resin chemicals for current conditions
use and select required ionising techniques for combining materials
trim and finish parts for assembly or final bonding
keep up to date with new and emerging technologies.
Plastics and composites processors may have to wear special safety equipment such as masks, gloves, glasses, ear protection and protective clothing, especially when using spray guns. Some of the tasks involved in composites production may require working in confined spaces.par Plastics and composites processors may be required to work shifts.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good hand-eye coordination
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
aptitude for technical activities
able to work as part of a team
enjoy working with machinery.