Job type

Plastics process worker

£15k - £30k

Typical salary

37 – 40

Hours per week

Plastics process workers operate and monitor machines that produce plastic products.

More info

  • Operate and monitor machines used in the production of plastic products
  • Work can by physical and in a noisy environment with chemicals
  • Progress into supervisory roles or quality control work

As a Plastics process worker, you'll work on a production line and control machinery that makes plastic products.


  • Weighing and mixing raw materials
  • Feeding materials into a machine
  • Monitoring production and adjusting machine settings
  • Cleaning and maintaining machines
  • Trimming excess plastic from products
  • Recording the amount of raw material used
  • Quality control checks
  • Reporting problems
  • Labelling, stacking and packing products


You'll work in a factory or workshop and you may work shifts, covering nights and weekends. The environment is usually clean and well-ventilated and you'll wear protective clothing. The work may be physically demanding.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with good maths skills, practical skills, record-keeping skills, and attention to detail.

There are no set entry requirements, but it may be helpful if you have: GCSEs in maths, English and ICT, factory work experience, or a forklift truck licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.


With experience, you could move into areas like quality control, lab work or machine tool setting. You could also become a team leader, process technician, or product designer.