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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9422 Occupation: Plastics processing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Plastics processing machine operators set up and operate plastic mixing, calendering, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and plastic products. They are employed by plastic products manufacturing companies. Plastics processing machine operators set up and operate plastic mixing, calendering, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and plastic products. They are employed by plastic products manufacturing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read logbooks for individual machines which record information on how machines are running and what happened during the previous shift. (1)
  • Read memos on bulletin boards regarding topics such as plant safety and changes to procedures. (2)
  • Refer to machine manuals to understand how to set up equipment for new products. (3)
  • Read information sheets from suppliers of raw materials, including information about chemical products provided through the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). (3)
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  • Write reminder notes of tasks that need to be completed. (1)
  • Write logbook entries to inform operators on the next shift of the status of production or problems encountered. (1)
  • Write short quality reports to outline problems such as scratches or bubbles found on products. (2)
  • Write an assessment of the suitability of new equipment and procedures. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read warning signs and symbols, such as "caution", "hot" or "explosive". (1)
  • Use temperature and pressure conversion tables. (2)
  • Complete punch cards to show total production, the amount of scrap products produced, time worked and the cycle time of machines. (2)
  • Read production schedules for machines to determine which product type and weight is being run on which machine and for how long. (2)
  • Record the type of product and weights of extruded materials in extruder logs. (2)
  • Read specification sheets to learn about materials, part sizes, tolerances and quantities for product runs. During manufacturing, refer to the specification sheet to check that machines are making products to the correct dimensions and tolerances. (2)
  • Follow assembly drawings when installing new pieces of equipment. (3)
  • Use a graph of operating parameters to determine heat, pressure and time settings. (3)
  • Make sketches of machines to illustrate operating problems to mechanics. (3)
  • Interpret scale drawings to check the measurements of parts made by machines. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, use computer controls to adjust settings on computerized machinery. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with drivers from truck and rail companies concerning the pickup of completed products. (1)
  • Communicate with manufacturers to order supplies. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to discuss production runs or problems with machines. (1)
  • Communicate with supervisors to receive instructions and to discuss changes in job priorities. (1)
  • Instruct other workers in the use of machinery. (2)
  • Interact with customers taking a plant tour, answering their questions and explaining procedures. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor worker schedules, machine downtime and supplier cycle times in order to establish realistic timelines for completing projects. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the thickness of new products by passing products through holes on a template. (1)
  • Read the pressure gauges for hydraulics and pneumatics to ensure that equipment is running properly. (1)
  • Measure, weigh and heat-test preforms as part of a quality check. (1)
  • Measure dimensions of products, such as plastic bottles. (1)
  • Weigh samples of extruded material cut into strips and calculate how many feet per pound are being produced. (2)
  • Use specialized measuring tools and techniques such as micrometers, digital scales and shadow graphs, which allow extremely fine measurements of preforms, moulds and mould flash. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the production of various machines after a set number of cycles. (2)
  • Analyze production data to learn how much plastic is being burnt or overheated in one time period in comparison to another. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much product it will take to fill storage containers. (1)
  • Estimate how long jobs will take and when to order materials for subsequent jobs. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Plastics processing machine operators perform repetitive tasks, operating and maintaining machines and packaging products. The order and priority of job tasks are usually determined by supervisors who create the production schedules. Operators have some flexibility in determining the order of tasks, provided that deadlines are met. They co-ordinate their tasks with co-workers, such as those who produce the raw materials for the machines. Machine malfunctions, rush jobs or line breaks may interrupt the flow of work and lead to operators adjusting their priorities, in conjunction with their supervisors. Operators must organize their tasks effectively to respond to several needs at the same time. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to run machinery that is faulty. (2)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject products, consulting with supervisors if necessary. (2)
  • Decide whether to increase or decrease the pressure and temperature in machines. This is done by periodically checking products as they emerge from the machines and considering how flaws can be eliminated. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Air temperature and humidity have created problems in product quality. Make adjustments in machinery. (1)
  • Electrical or hydraulic problems have occurred with machines. Check connections and call technicians if necessary. (2)
  • Moulds are not filling properly. Review the operations to see if it is a mechanical or a processing problem and then take appropriate remedial action. (2)
  • Some of the plastic parts being made do not meet specifications. Adjust machines to optimize the temperature of the plastic, the pressure of the injection process and the speed at which the plastic is fed into the machine. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to specification sheets to learn about materials, part sizes and tolerances for parts produced on machines. (1)
  • Consult machine manufacturers to find out how to program changes on computerized machinery. (1)
  • Consult production schedules to obtain information on which machines will be used to produce different products. (2)
  • Refer to machine manuals to troubleshoot or set up machines for new products. (2)
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