Hand Moulding Press Operator


The tasks a Moulder, Hand (Plastics) is expected to perform include:

Moulding plastic sheets into desired shapes in hand moulding press

Studying specifications for moulded product and assembling mould

Determining weight of charge, pressure, temperature and curing time for moulding

Collecting plastic sheets, cutting them to required size and heating them on electrically operated heater to soften moulding

Removing sheet when sufficiently heated and placing it in female of wooden mould, fixing wooden slab of mould to keep it set in position and inserting male block of mould

Knowledge of setting mould in hand press and manipulating control to compress material and form material to shape of mould

Well-versed with removing moulded plastics object after specified time-interval by opening mould

Adept at examining and gauging product for conformity to plant or customer standards


Knowledge of making minor adjustments in moulding procedure to eliminate defects, and remould product

Eye for detail

Good observation skills

Motor skills

Good hand-eye co-ordination

Good communication skills

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV)and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards include respiratory diseases, neurotoxicity, stress, fatigue, skin infections, burns, cuts, etc.

Health hazards include exposure to various chemicals, gas, fumes, skin contact with chemicals, solvents, sensitizers, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,000 to INR 8,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical & Petrochemical Sector in India

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the world chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

Bulk chemicals form the largest sub-segment of Indian chemical industry with 40% market share whereas the specialty chemical with 19% market share is the fastest growing segment. Together, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 50% of Gross Value Add (GVA) and Gross Output of the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. Today, petrochemical products permeate the entire spectrum of daily use items and cover almost every sphere of life like clothing, housing, construction, furniture, automobiles, household items, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, packaging, medical appliances, electronics and electrical etc. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The demand for basic petrochemicals and end products petrochemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach 16 MMTPA and 19.5 million tonnes by FY18 respectively.

The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the world average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is a human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world. Currently the industry provides employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand, the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Moulder, Hand (Plastics).

Chemical & petrochemical factories across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology, Mysore

Arulmigu Chandigeswarar Polytechnic College, Coimbatore

Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune