Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operator

Tend machines that mold thermoplastic sheets into plastic products.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that molds thermoplastic sheets into plastic products: Places sheet on top of mold, positions sealing frame around sheet, and fastens frame to rim of mold, using clamps. Pushes button to start machine that heats sheet, draws it into mold to form product, and sprays product with cool water or air to harden product. Removes product from molds and reloads thermoplastic sheet into machine. May trim excessive molding material from products, using knife, scissors, or bandsaw.


Should I be a Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Plastic Cup Fabricating Machine Operator, Plastic Process Technician, Thermoplastic Technician

    How to Become a
    Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operator

    Most Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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