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Polymer Technologist (Manufacturing)

Polymer Technologists work in polymer operations and associated quality and testing functions.

Summary of Training

  • Organise and communicate information
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Apply advanced mathematical techniques in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Apply quality standards
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Manage risk
  • Trial new process or product
  • Apply statistics to operational processes
  • Facilitate the development of a new product
  • Match and adjust colour
  • Solve colour problems
  • Develop a colour formulation
  • Modify plant
  • Use materials and process knowledge to complete work operations
  • Use materials and process knowledge to solve problems
  • Predict polymer properties and characteristics
  • Diagnose production equipment problems
  • Analyse equipment performance
  • Review and analyse production trials and specify re-trials
  • Determine rheology and output of plastics materials from processing equipment
  • Determine heat transfer loads for processing equipment
  • Choose polymer materials for an application
  • Analyse the design of products and tools
  • Develop fibre composite products using cored laminate techniques
  • Develop a new compound
  • Modify an existing product
  • Analyse failure in polymeric materials
  • Develop a new product
  • Develop a new die or tool
  • Design structural/mechanical polymer components

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Polymer Technologist (Manufacturing) - MSA60108
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 12 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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