Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

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Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

Fun facts

  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 1294 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 90% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 9% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by plastics and rubber production machine operators. A few are listed below:

  • operating controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation
  • measuring and loading materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring operation, regulating material supply and adding chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • threading uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers
  • laying casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds
  • operating rollers to remove air
  • operating vulcaniser presses and controlling curing
  • examining output for defects and conformity to specifications
  • performing minor repairs and maintaining production records

Specific occupations

  • Plastic Cablemaking Machine Operator
  • Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator
  • Plastics Fabricator or Welder
  • Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)
  • Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker
  • Rubber Production Machine Operator
  • Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operator
  • Thermoforming Machine Operator
  • Insulation Extruder Operator
  • Optic Fibre Drawer
  • Wire Drawer (Plastics)
  • Pelletising Extruder Operator
  • Powder Hand (Plastics)
  • Shredder/Granulator Operator
  • Acrylic Fabricator
  • Vinyl Welder and Fabricator
  • Blow Moulding Machine Operator
  • Extruding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Injection Moulding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Lamination Machine Operator
  • Plastic Production Machine Setter
  • Rotational Moulding Operator (Plastics)
  • Fibreglass Gun Hand
  • Fibreglass Laminator
  • Resin Transfer Moulding Machine Operator
  • Rubber Belt Splicer
  • Rubber Compounder
  • Rubber Extrusion Machine Operator
  • Rubber Knitting and Reinforcing Machine Operator
  • Rubber Moulding Machine Operator
  • Rubber Roller Grinder Operator
  • Tyre Builder
  • Tyre Retreader