Profession plastic furniture machine operator

Plastic furniture machine operators tend plastic processing machines that produce pieces such as plastic chairs and tables. They inspect each resulting product, detect abnormalities and remove inadequate pieces. In some cases, they may assemble different plastic parts to obtain the final product.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Injection moulding machine parts

    Parts of the machine that melts and injects molten plastic into moulds such as the hopper, the reciprocating screw, the injection barrel and the injection cylinder.

  • Types of plastic

    Types of plastic materials and their chemical composition, physical properties, possible issues and usage cases.

Skills

  • Maintain plastic machinery

    Maintain machinery and equipment for making plastic goods, to ensure that it is clean and in safe, working order. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and adjust when necessary, using hand and power tools.

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Tend injection moulding machine

    Operate and monitor a machine that contains a reciprocating screw that forces the raw material forwards while inducing melting, and injects the molten plastic into a mould.

  • Maintain mould parts

    Carry out minor repair tasks and maintenance of moulds and mould parts.

  • Use moulding techniques

    Apply moulding techniques.

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Operate plastic machinery

    Operate machines and equipment used for creating plastic parts and products such as injection, extrusion, compression or blow moulding machines.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Assemble plastic parts

    Align and arrange plastic parts in order to assemble complete products, using the appropriate hand tools.

  • Manipulate plastic

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of plastic.

  • Finish plastic products

    Finish the product by sanding, branding and polishing the plastic surface.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate lacquer spray gun write stress analysis reports replace machines repair mould defects perform product testing apply spraying techniques repair plastic machinery perform physical stress tests on models record production data for quality control paint with a paint gun design prototypes technical drawings analyse stress resistance of products construct moulds inspect quality of products perform test run