Plastics

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

Support for employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications tailored to your specific business needs.

What do we offer?

The New Zealand Certificates in Plastics Processing and Plastics Engineering have been developed by leading New Zealand plastics manufacturers to equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work productively and safely.

Together with the Level 2 programme in manufacturing (with a plastics specialisation) the qualifications form a pathway of learning from entry level plastics operators, die setters and technicians to experienced plastics production engineers.

The programmes have specialisations designed with the future in mind.

We partner with industry associations like Plastics New Zealand to help recruit and build talented employees.

Qualifications available

Specialisations

  • Plastics specialisation

Overview

Entry level workers; meet the standards required to perform the function of their role.

Learning outcomes - graduates will be able to:

  • Apply an awareness of workplace processes
  • Meet basic workplace health and safety requirements
  • Carry out entry level tasks in a manufacturing operation.

Duration

6-12 months

NZQA qualification overview

Specialisations

  • Core
  • Blown film
  • Extrusion blow moulding
  • Extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Injection stretch blow moulding
  • Rotational moulding
  • Thermoforming

Overview

Designed for people already working in the plastics manufacturing industry or people wishing to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry. Graduates will be able to work as competent operators, under limited supervision, in plastics processing operations. Plastics engineering recognises the knowledge and skills required to work in installation, maintenance, and servicing of plastics processing machinery and equipment.

Learning outcomes - graduates will be able to:

  • Work safely as a member of a team in a plastics processing environment
  • Apply knowledge of materials and production processes to produce plastics products
  • Prepare for production, and run and monitor machinery to produce plastic products
  • I dentify, resolve and report on routine processing problems.

Plastics Engineering optional strand graduates will be able to:

  • Prepare machinery for plastics processing
  • Use problem-solving techniques to troubleshoot plastics processing production and quality issues, and resolve issues
  • Carry out routine service and maintenance requirements
  • Participate in plastics processing trials.

Duration

15-24 months

NZQA qualification overview

Specifications

  • Blown film
  • Extrusion blow moulding
  • Extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Injection stretch moulding
  • Rotational moulding

Learning outcomes - graduates will be able to:

  • Quality assure the production of plastics
  • Carry out plastics processing trials of new products or product changes
  • Apply advanced knowledge of plastics processing machinery to manage processing
  • Apply advanced knowledge of processing materials
  • Troubleshoot plant and equipment to identify and communicate faults
  • Identify areas for improvement and make recommendations.

Duration

24 months

NZQA qualification overview

New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Processing, Level 3 + New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering, Level 4

Specialisations

  • Blown film
  • Extrusion blow moulding
  • Extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Injection stretch moulding
  • Rotational moulding

Overview

Taken together these two qualifications can form an extended New Zealand Apprenticeship.

Learning outcomes - graduates will be able to:

Outcomes are the same as Level 3 and Level 4 (see above).

Duration

44 months