Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers, and Inspectors

(NOC 9535)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

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

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 50 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 435 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1945 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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 significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat 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.

Hourly Pay

$14.25

Minimum

$19.16

Median

$23.65

Maximum

Annual Pay

$14,052

Minimum

$36,184

Median

$62,075

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$20.80

Median

$33.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Job duties

Plastic products assemblers and finishers:

  • Use 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.
  • Use spray-gun unit to apply resin mixtures to metal or wooden mould to form plastic products.
  • Load and use autoclave oven to cure and bond plastic and composite parts and subassemblies.
  • Use finishing equipment to trim, grind or buff plastic products into final form.

Plastic products inspectors:

  • Inspect manufactured plastic products for defects and conformance to specifications and quality standards, visually or using instruments.
  • Attach 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

Skills

  • These jobs need mechanical skill and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and pay close attention to detail.

Job requirements

  • Some high 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. Movement among the various workers in this group is possible as is movement to supervisor positions with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

345

employed in 2016

89.7%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

30.9%
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69.1%
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46.8

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.9%

Southern

$42,787 median annual income
28.8%

North Shore

$23,802 median annual income
16.7%

Halifax

$36,676 median annual income
13.6%

Annapolis Valley

$52,379 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

93.1%

Manufacturing

3.4%

Wholesale trade

3.4%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

20.0%

35-44

19.0%

25-34

10.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

37.7%

High school

$28,885 median annual income
23.2%

College Diploma

$31,238 median annual income
21.7%

Less than high school

$25,213 median annual income
14.5%

Trade Certification

$52,592 median annual income
2.9%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.