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7115 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

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

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • 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

Occupations:

  • 711511 Plastic Cablemaking Machine Operator
  • 711512 Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator
  • 711513 Plastics Fabricator or Welder
  • 711514 Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)
  • 711515 Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker
  • 711516 Rubber Production Machine Operator
  • 711599 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators nec

711511 Plastic Cablemaking Machine Operator

Operates extruding machines to encase wire, cord, cable and optic fibre in plastic or rubber.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Insulation Extruder Operator
  • Optic Fibre Drawer
  • Wire Drawer (Plastics)

711512 Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator

Operates mixing and grinding machines to prepare plastic powders and liquid blends, and recycle waste plastic materials from factory operations.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Pelletising Extruder Operator
  • Powder Hand (Plastics)
  • Shredder/Granulator Operator

711513 Plastics Fabricator or Welder

Operates machines to measure, cut, shape, fit and assemble plastics materials to produce plastic products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Acrylic Fabricator
  • Vinyl Welder and Fabricator

711514 Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)

Operates extruding, injection moulding and blow moulding machines to produce finished plastic products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Blow Moulding Machine Operator
  • Extruding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Injection Moulding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Lamination Machine Operator
  • Plastic Production Machine Setter
  • Rotational Moulding Operator (Plastics)

711515 Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker

Operates machines to apply gelcoat, colouring and fibre reinforced plastic to moulds to produce fibreglass and laminated products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Fibreglass Gun Hand
  • Fibreglass Laminator
  • Resin Transfer Moulding Machine Operator

711516 Rubber Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture rubber products such as tyres.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • 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

711599 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 4

Occupations in this group include:

  • Thermoforming Machine Operator