Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422)

About this job

Plastics processing machine operators:

  • set up and operate plastic mixing, calendering, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and plastic products
  • work for plastic products manufacturing companies
Common job titles
  • inspector, plastic film roll
  • operator, arch cushion press
  • operator, bag-making machine - cellophane
  • operator, bakelite mixer / banbury mixer
  • operator, blender
  • operator, calender - multi-roll / wind-up

Duties

Mixing machine operators:

  • weigh resins, colorants and other chemicals according to formula
  • place weighed materials in mixing machine and operate machine to blend plastic and other chemicals to a specified consistency or thickness
  • monitor operation, regulate material supply and add chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • operate controls to regulate temperature, speed and other processing conditions
  • unload mixture into container or conveyor for further processing
  • maintain and do minor repairs on machinery as needed
  • maintain inventory of material
  • clean working area

Calendering process operators:

  • set up and operate calender machines which transform plastic bales or slabs into continuous plastic sheets or films of specified thickness
  • troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment and adjust calender rollers for production line change
  • monitor quality of material produced
  • maintain inventory of material and clean working area

Extruding process operators:

  • set up and operate extruding machines which extrude plastic compound through a nozzle or die
  • change dies on extruding machines according to production line change
  • troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment
  • monitor quality of material produced
  • maintain inventory of material
  • clean working area

Moulding process operators:

  • set up and operate one or more moulding machines which mould plastic products according to specifications
  • change moulds and adjust equipment for production line change
  • troubleshoot, maintain and make minor repairs to equipment
  • monitor quality of material produced and adjust machine settings as required
  • follow formulation card to mix resin batches for injection moulding process
  • maintain inventory of material, and clean working area

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Work also takes place in an indoor setting where temperatures or humidity may vary greatly in some working areas.
  • The workplace may contain hazardous chemicals.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or hot surfaces that can cause injury.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement among the various operators in this unit is possible.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.