Plastics Products Manufacturing Workers

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 54,720 molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, tenders, and operators and 320 model makers employed in the plastics products manufacturing industry. 

Quick Facts
Duties Set up, operate, or tend plastic manufacturing machines; adhere to safety regulations; meet production goals
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience On-the-job training
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Production Supervisor or Plastics Engineer
  • Model Maker
  • Process Technician-Plastics

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