Program Objectives

To develop in the students the competencies to perform moulding machine set-up and operations tasks and activities correctly at an acceptable level of competence for entry into the job market, to achieve the required verstility to work with injection, extrusion and extrusion blow moulding processes and to maintain equipment and accessories.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
870-011 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
870-021 Take responsibility for applying occupational health and safety rules 15 1
870-034 Read and interpret simple blueprints 60 4
870-042 Apply concepts related to raw materials 30 2
870-053 Make connections between processing methods, machines and derivative products 45 3
870-062 Solve problems related to mathematics as it applies to moulding 30 2
870-074 Measure and control the quality of moulded parts 60 4
870-082 Apply concepts of electricity to processing methods 30 2
870-096 Perform basic machining tasks 90 6
870-105 Perform minor maintenance tasks on moulds and dies 75 5
870-115 Apply concepts of hydraulics and pneumatics to processing methods 75 5
870-122 Use computerized equipment to process plastics and polymers 30 2
870-135 Install moulds and dies on moulding machines and remove them 75 5
870-148 Extrude pipes and profiles using wet and ventilated extrusion processes 120 8
870-168 Process raw materials using conventional injection moulding 120 8
870-178 Process raw materials using computer-aided injection moulding 120 8
870-203 Perform minor maintenance operations on machines, peripherals and accessories 45 3
870-211 Use job search techniques 15 1
870-226 Enter the work force 90 6
872-192 Perform laboratory tests 30 2
1170 78

Plus 180 hours (12 credits) selected from the following competencies

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
870-155 Extrude profiles using the dry extrusion process 75 5
870-187 Process plastics using extrusion blow moulding 105 7
870-236 Prepare rubber compositions 90 6
870-246 Process rubbers by extrusion 90 6
870-255 Process raw materials using rotational moulding 75 5
870-267 Process raw materials using thermoforming 105 7
540 36

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)--MTH-1101-3 ou (MTH-1007-2)563-206 ou (563-212)

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Plastics Processing Machine Operator

Plastics processing machine operators, also known as moulding machine operators, manufacture plastic and rubber products using methods such as injection moulding, blow moulding, thermoforming, etc. They set and maintain digital and conventional machines used to process plastic and rubber. As part of their duties, they may have to ensure products are compliant with manufacturing specifications. This is an occupation in the industrial sector that is suitable for individuals with good manual dexterity and excellent vision. A job as a plastics processing machine operator requires self-reliance, attention to detail and precision.

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Plastics Processing Machine Operator — $18.60

Job Titles

Moulder – rubber products manufacturing
Plastics moulder