Plastics processing machine operators

Plastics processing machine operators

NOC
9422

Set up and operate plastic mixing, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and products.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

11
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$26.20
High

Median Salary

$37,194
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

171
 

% Working Full Time

95%
 

% Working Full Year

67%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Plastics processing machine operators set up and operate plastic mixing, calendering, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and plastic products. They are employed by plastic products manufacturing companies.

Main Duties

Mixing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Weigh resins, colorants and other chemicals according to formula
  • Place weighed materials in mixing machine and operate machine to blend plastic and other chemicals to a specified consistency or viscosity
  • Monitor operation, regulate material supply and add chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • Operate controls to regulate temperature, speed and other processing conditions
  • Unload mixture into container or conveyor for further processing
  • Maintain and perform minor repairs on machinery as required
  • Maintain inventory of material and clean working area.

Calendering process operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate calendering machines which transform dough-consistent plastic mass into continuous sheets or films of specified thickness
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment and adjust calender rollers for production line change
  • Monitor quality of material produced
  • Maintain inventory of material and clean working area.

Extruding process operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate one or more extruding machines which extrude plastic composites products through a nozzle or die
  • Change dies on extruding machines according to production line change
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment
  • Monitor quality of material produced
  • Maintain inventory of material and clean working area.

Moulding process operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate one or more moulding machines which mould plastic products according to specifications
  • Change moulds and adjust equipment for production line change
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment
  • Monitor quality of material produced and adjust machine settings as required
  • Follow formulation card to mix ingredient batches for injection moulding process
  • Maintain inventory of material and clean working area.

Also Known As

  • bag machine operator
  • banbury operator - plastic manufacturing
  • blow moulding machine operator - plastic manufacturing
  • calender operator - plastic manufacturing
  • extruder operator - plastic manufacturing
  • injection moulding operator - plastic manufacturing
  • plastics press operator
  • printing roller moulder - plastic manufacturing
  • solution mixer operator - plastic manufacturing
  • thermoforming operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • For all operators in this unit group, completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Several years of experience as a helper, tender or packer in the same company may be required.
  • Completion of a statistical process control (SPC) course may be required.
  • Completion of courses in hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics systems may be required for moulding process operators.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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13.8%
Female
86.2%
Male
Employment by age

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5.0%
15-24
20.0%
25-34
30.0%
35-44
22.5%
45-54
22.5%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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15.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
62.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
17.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

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94.7%
Manufacturing
5.3%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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22.50%
Northeast
27.50%
Southeast
15.00%
Southwest
0.00%
Central
35.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$30,858
Northeast
$33,136
Southeast
$45,927
Southwest
N/A
Central
$46,496
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$37,194

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$44,844

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$37,194

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$40,825

Canada

$36,984
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

11
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

15
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

66
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

15
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

49