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Polymer Processing Technician
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Polymer Processing Technician

A Polymer Processing Technician is concerned with setting up, starting, sustaining, monitoring, evaluating and assessing polymer processing activities.

This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes are due to be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council in 2016 with training to be available thereafter.

Proposer /provider: Plastics Ireland

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This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.

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The Polymer Processing Technician Apprenticeship is a 3-year programme resulting in a QQI Level 6 qualification in Polymer Processing Technology awarded by the Institutes of Technology.

Apprentice training will include on-site and off-site phases with approximately 15 weeks off site each year. [Full details TBC @ May 2016]

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An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering sectors.

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The main skills in this role are:

  • Plastics processing; moulding characteristics; engineering principles; reading of engineering drawings; thorough understanding of polymer materials and processing.
Polymer processing activities include:
  • Injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion.
  • Polymer processing equipment includes materials handling equipment, injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion equipment, tooling, robotics, metrology equipment, printing, post processing/packaging automation, clean room equipment, 3D printing/additive manufacturing and labelling equipment.
Working with Plastics processing equipment including various systems:
  • Electrical, electro-mechanical, electro-pneumatic, electronic, temperature and pressure control systems, hydraulic, and microprocessor based systems.
In order to function effectively and efficiently, the polymer processing technician must have a broad base of technical knowledge and analytical skills to cover material science, polymer processing and statistical processing control.

Also important is the ability to read technical drawings and machine data and the understand the proper use of test instruments.

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Entry Requirements header image

Candidates with a minimum grade 60% in Pass Mathematics or higher are sought for this role. Full Entry Requirement Details are yet TBC.

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Advertising for the Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship will take place in September 2016 with a commencement date of January 2017.

The application process is currently under development, but it is anticipated that both individual companies and the consortium will advertise through their websites.

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There are opportunities across the Medical Devices sector in Plastics and Engineering companies for Manufacturing Technicians.

IMDA Director Sinead Keogh said: “Employment in manufacturing will be 6,000 higher this year compared to last. But, skill shortages are emerging and need to be urgently addressed. These new apprenticeships will give people new job opportunities and help drive regional growth. Manufacturing is an integral part of the Irish economy and is the second largest employer with 4,000 businesses, both home-grown and international, employing nearly 160,000 people. ” 

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Engineer - Polymer

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