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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Processing (Level 3) with optional strand in Plastics Engineering
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 65 - 115
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology » Plastics Processing Technology
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the plastics processing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to operate plastics processing machinery competently and safely. It is intended to be attainable in a variety of plastics processing contexts.

Learners will benefit by having a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the plastics processing industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge acquisition to improve job performance and career opportunities.

This qualification is designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry.

Graduates will be able to work as competent operators, under limited supervision, in plastics processing operations.

The optional strand in plastics engineering recognises the knowledge and skills required to work in installation, maintenance, and servicing of plastics processing machinery and equipment.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Work safely as a member of a team in a plastics processing environment.
- Apply knowledge of materials and production processes to produce plastics products.
- Prepare for production, and run and monitor machinery to produce plastic products.
- Identify, resolve, and report on routine processing problems.

Graduates of the Plastics Engineering strand will also be able to:
- Prepare machinery for plastics processing.
- Use problem-solving techniques to troubleshoot plastics processing production and quality issues, and implement actions to resolve issues
- Carry out routine service and maintenance requirements in accordance with machinery specifications.
- Participate in plastics processing trials.
Education pathways
Graduates of the core qualification intending to become qualified in plastics engineering should complete the Plastics Engineering Optional Strand of this qualification and then go onto the New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering (Level 4) [Ref: 2975].

Graduates of the core qualification intending to become further qualified in production may complete the New Zealand Certificate in Manufacturing (Level 4) with optional strand in Technical Support [Ref: 2731] or other generic process management qualifications.
Employment pathways
Graduates may be employed as a plastics production line leader. Those graduating with the Plastics Engineering Optional Strand may work as an assistant plastics engineer.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2974
Status Current
Created November 2015
Last Date For Entry December 2023
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