Plastics Products Manufacturing Workers

Worker Operates Punch Machine

Plastics products manufacturing workers mold, cast, and assemble products made of plastics materials. The objects they make include dishes, signs, toys, insulation, appliance parts, automobile parts, combs, gears, bearings, and many others. There are approximately 60,140 molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, tenders, and operators employed in the plastics products manufacturing industry. 

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Alternate Title(s) Blow-Molding-Machine Operators, Calender Operators, Compression-Molding-Machine Operators, Edge Grinders, Extruder Operators, Fiberglass Tube Molders, Fiberglass-Dowel-Drawing-Machine Operators, Foam-Gun Operators, Foam-Machine Operators, Grinding-Machine Operators, Injection Molders, Laminated Plastics Assemblers and Gluers, Machine Finishers, Pad Cutters, Pilling-Machine Operators, Plastic Form Makers, Plastics Heat Welders, Plastics Patternmakers, Plastic-Sheet Cutters, Pointing-Machine Operators, Polystyrene-Bead Molders, Polystyrene-Molding-Machine Tenders, Preform Laminators, Sawyers, Shaping-Machine Operators, Sponge Buffers, Stretch-Machine Operators
Duties Set up, operate, or tend plastic manufacturing machines; adhere to safety regulations; meet production goals
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Production Supervisor or Plastics Engineer
  • Model Maker
  • Process Technician-Plastics