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

Plastics Moulders

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What does it involve?

Plastics moulders produce the containers, pipes, bottles and the myriad of other moulded plastic products that we use every day. Products may also include precision moulded plastic components for commercial use in applications such as medical or aeronautical. There are many types of plastics moulding processes and moulders will specialise in a process, or specific equipment or machinery.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day which can involve shift work. Plastics moulders prepare raw materials and machinery for production, run and monitor the machines, identify, resolve and report on routine processing problems.

Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • Sciences
  • Workshop Technologies
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

    $31k- $36k

  • 5 years experience

    $36k- $45k

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 Moulder
  • Plastics Moulding Technician/ Engineer
  • Advanced Technician/Engineer
  • Team Leader
  • Manager
  • 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.