This is a three year apprenticeship programme with an approved employer. 70% of the time is spent on the job and the remaining 30% is spent in the allocated Institute of Technology.
Award: A Bachelor of Science in Polymer Processing Technology.
An interest in working and learning in the MedTech, plastics and engineering sectors.
The main skills in this role are:
- Plastics processing; moulding characteristics; engineering principles; reading of engineering drawings; thorough understanding of polymer materials and processing.
Polymer processing activities include:
- Injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion.
- Polymer processing equipment includes materials handling equipment, injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion equipment, tooling, robotics, metrology equipment, printing, post processing/packaging automation, clean room equipment, 3D printing/additive manufacturing and labelling equipment.
Working with Plastics processing equipment including various systems:
- Electrical, electro-mechanical, electro-pneumatic, electronic, temperature and pressure control systems, hydraulic, and microprocessor based systems.
In order to function effectively and efficiently, the polymer processing technician must have a broad base of technical knowledge and analytical skills to cover material science, polymer processing and statistical processing control.
Also important is the ability to read technical drawings and machine data and the understand the proper use of test instruments.
Apprenticeships are paid employment allowing the apprentice to “earn while they learn”.
Who should get involved?
- School leavers (leaving certificate)
- Existing Production Operators and Technicians who want to train or retrain in the Plastics and Polymer processing sectors and progress along NFQ to level 7.
The first apprentices will start in May 2017. It is anticipated that both individual companies and Plastics Ireland will advertise through their websites.