Plastics technician

What they do

Plastics Technicians set up, adjust, repair and troubleshoot machines which manufacture plastic products.

Tasks can include checking, calibrating and regulating machines and conducting basic quality control tests. Plastics Technicians may also fix process problems that do not meet the required standard.

Working conditions

Plastics Technicians work indoors in offices, factories and workshops. The workspace is usually clean, heated and ventilated. Standing and walking is frequent and stretching and/or twisting movements are likely to be required setting up machines.

Tools and technologies

Hand tools are used frequently including tools for minor maintenance repairs.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as a plastics technician without formal qualifications and get training on the job.

You can also undertake a traineeship in plastics (level 2 or level 3) or polymer technology (level 4). The traineeships usually take between 12 and 36 months to complete. The plastics (level 2) traineeship is available as a school-based traineeship.

Search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.