Plastics Moulders

Careers Information

What do they do?

Plastics moulders produce the containers, pipes, bottles and the myriad of other moulded plastic products that we use every day. Products may also include precision moulded plastic components for commercial use in applications such as medical or aeronautical. There are many types of plastics moulding processes and moulders will specialise in a process, or specific equipment or machinery.

Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day which can involve shift work. Plastics moulders prepare raw materials and machinery for production, run and monitor the machines, identify, resolve and report on routine processing problems.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences

• Workshop Technologies


• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude

• Good work habits/time management

Helpful experience

• Analysing, researching or problem solving

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

1 - 2 years experience

$31k - $36k


Icn Money

5 years experience

$36k - $45k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

NCEA level 2 Maths and English
are useful

Practical subjects such as Technology or Workshop Skills are useful

Plastics Moulder

Plastics Moulding Technician/ Engineer

Advanced Technician/Engineer

Team Leader


Factory Manager

Operations Manager

Production Manager

Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship or Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like Plastics New Zealand and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.