Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors

Occupation:Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes workers who assemble, finish and inspect plastic parts and finished products. They are employed by plastic products manufacturing companies and plastic parts divisions of aircraft or other manufacturing companies.

Job duties:
Plastic products assemblers and finishers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate machines or equipment, or use hand tools to cut, shape, splice and fit plastic materials to form parts and assemblies.
  • Assemble composite materials on patterns to form parts and assemblies using bonding agents.
  • Operate spray-gun unit to apply resin mixtures to metal or wooden mould to form plastic products.
  • Load and operate autoclave oven to cure and bond plastic and composite parts and subassemblies.
  • Operate finishing equipment to trim, grind or buff plastic products into final form.
Plastic products inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Inspect manufactured plastic products for defects and conformance to specifications and quality standards, visually or using instruments.
  • Affix seals or tags to approved plastic products and mark and reroute defective products for repair or recycle.
  • Prepare reports on products inspected.
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs to products.
  • May train or assist in training new workers.
Sample job titles:
  • plastic and composite worker
  • plastic cutter
  • plastic products assembler
  • plastic products finisher
  • plastic products inspector and tester
  • plastic products trimmer
  • quality control inspector - plastic products manufacturing

These jobs require mechanical aptitude and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and attentive to detail.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
Other considerations:

Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required for assemblers, finishers and inspectors. Mobility among the various workers in this group is possible as is progression to supervisory positions with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 72% of Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $40,262. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors295Moderate growth30Moderate
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $14,052
Median: $36,184
Maximum: $62,075
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time93%87%
Percent self-employed5%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPlastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley13%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePlastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4745
GenderPlastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
EducationPlastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and InspectorsCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school22.4%x22.9%$21,011
High school37.3%x38.1%$28,358
Trades certificate14.9%x12.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma23.9%x20.3%$36,968
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree3.0%x4.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$55,581
Master's degreeN/Ax0.5%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%N/A
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
5955 Airport Road, Suite 125
Mississauga, ON L4V 1R9
Tel: (905) 678-7748
Fax: (905) 678-0774

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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