Plastic. It’s hard to imagine life without this ingenious little polymer.

Plastics Moulder Engineers

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What does it involve?

Plastics moulding engineers manage, optimise, and maintain the processing of plastic products. Plastics moulding engineers may also be called ‘Plastics Engineer’ or ‘Plastics Technician’ and are able to work with a variety of plastics processing machines. There are additional senior and specialist technical roles that you can progress to and qualify in.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day which may include shift work. Plastics moulding engineers operate one or more plastics processing machines, run trials, make recommendations to improve production processes, troubleshoot and resolve processing problems, and quality assure.

Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • Sciences
  • Workshop Technologies
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative
  • Administration, planning or organising things
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

  • 1 - 4 years experience

    $31k- $46k

  • 5+ years experience

    $46k- $68k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA level 2 Maths and English are useful
  • Practical subjects such as Technology or Workshop Skills are useful
  • Plastics Moulding Technician/ Engineer
  • Factory Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsTraineeship or ApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations like Plastics New Zealand and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.