Profession vacuum forming machine operator

Vacuum forming machine operators tend, control, and maintain machines that heat sheets of plastic before moving them around a mould, using vacuum-suction; when these sheets become cool, they are permanently set in the shape of the mould.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Coating substances

    Have knowledge of various types of coating, providing a workpiece with one or more finishing layers of resins, sugars, powders, inactive and insoluable fillers, waxes, gums, plasticisers, colouring materials, lacquer, and others.


  • Monitor processing environment conditions

    Verify that the overall conditions of the room where the process will take place, such as temperature or air humidity, meet the requirements, and adjust if necessary.

  • Prepare mould for vacuum forming

    Make sure the mould is set securely in place for the vacuum forming process. Verify that the mould is adequate, and that all cavities to be filled are exposed to the vacuum power.

  • Optimise production processes parameters

    Optimise and maintain the parameters of the production process such as flow, temperature or pressure.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Heat up vacuum forming medium

    Switch on the medium heater to heat the vacuum forming medium to the right temperator before using the vacuum to press it onto the mould. Make sure the medium is at a high enough temperature to be malleable, but not so high as to introduce wrinkles or webbing in the final product.

  • Control temperature

    Measure and adjust temperature of a given space or object.

  • Extract products from moulds

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

Optional knowledge and skills

repair mould defects maintain mould parts perform test run cut vacuum formed workpiece create vacuum forming mould control production flow remotely maintain equipment keep records of work progress manage waste manufacturing of daily use goods report defective manufacturing materials inspect quality of products clean equipment manufacturing of sports equipment perform product testing