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 machinesmix and prepare materials to be mouldedprepare moulds or tooling for required lay-upinterpret material requirements and quantities for required lay-upregulate the machine temperatures, pressures and speeds of operation of manually operated and semi-automatic equipmentextract mouldings and extrusions, cut off waste material, and trim and finish moulded components in accordance with machine cycle and quality specificationsassemble, install, or secure moulded-in componentscontrol feeding devices for wire and cable coatingcontrol blending, compounding and drying equipmentmaintain production and quality assessment recordsapply surface coatings to mouldsapply core materials like foam, balsa and honeycomb structures to the laminateapply resin/reinforcement matrix by hand or by machineadjust resin chemicals for current conditionsuse and select required ionising techniques for combining materialstrim and finish parts for assembly or final bondingkeep 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 safety-conscious enjoy working with machinery.