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Alternate Titles: 

Extrusion operator (plastics mfr),Fabricator (plastics mfr),Injection moulder,Laminator (fibreglass),Process worker (plastic goods mfr)

Job Description: 

Plastics process operatives attend and operate moulding, extruding, thermoforming, calendering, covering, cutting and other process equipment to make and repair plastic products.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job, supplemented by specialised courses. NVQs/SVQs in Plastic Processing Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are available in some areas.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 6
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 12.4
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • prepares machine for operation by affixing any necessary attachments;
  • weighs and mixes ingredients, loads machine with plastic to be worked or regulates flow from feed conveyor or hopper;
  • monitors controls regulating temperature, pressure, etc. and operates moulding, extruding, calendering, thermoforming and covering machines;
  • inspects plastic products for defects, takes measurements and repairs plastic belting and sheathing;
  • trims, cuts and performs other finishing operations on plastic using hand and machine tools;
  • makes artificial eyes and contact lens discs, and makes and repairs spectacle frames and plastic parts of artificial limbs and other orthopaedic appliances.
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