Plastics process operative
- Makes artificial eyes and contact lens discs, and makes and repairs spectacle frames and plastic parts of artificial limbs and other orthopaedic appliances.
- Trims, cuts and performs other finishing operations on plastic using hand and machine tools.
- Inspects plastic products for defects, takes measurements and repairs plastic belting and sheathing.
- Monitors controls regulating temperature, pressure, etc. and operates moulding, extruding, calendering, thermoforming and covering machines.
- Weighs and mixes ingredients, loads machine with plastic to be worked or regulates flow from feed conveyor or hopper.
- Prepares machine for operation by affixing any necessary attachments.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for plastics process operative is £19,500
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 671. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for plastics process operative roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £19,500 per year. That is about £1,625 per month or £10.00 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,245, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,114
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 671 people are employed in the region.