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Plastics & Polymer

Plastics & Polymer

The plastics industry in Ireland is an important sub sector of MedTech. It includes suppliers of raw materials, plastic processors and service providers.

There is strong demand for the skills needed in the plastics industry. Competence in polymer technology is crucial to the future development and growth of the sector. Plastics Ireland operates the First Polymer Training centre in Athlone.

Occupations in Plastics & Polymer
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Make special tools for use in factories and workshops using precision machinery.

Polymer Technician

A Polymer (or Plastics) technician works in the in the manufacturing sector in a range of industries. 

Materials Technician

Materials technicians experiment on materials and products, work in production, and test how materials react to different conditions, including temperature and stress.

Machinist - Manufacturing

Operates, sets-up or repairs a variety of machine tools used in the production of precision parts and instruments. 

Test Engineer - ICT

Completes or oversees all the calibration and testing of the various instruments and pieces of equipment used in the lab for measuring, weighing and processing raw and refined materials

QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager

Works to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice requirements are met and that international standards are adhered to.

QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.

Polymer Engineer

Investigate the behaviour of materials under different conditions, to support advances in technology in a range of industries.

Mechanical Engineer

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Materials Scientist / Technologist

Studies the properties and uses of a range of materials, such as metals, glass, plastics and electronics.

Manufacturing Engineer

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

Design & Development Engineer

Works on the technical design of new products, selecting materials, researching manufacturing processes, testing prototypes etc.

Automation Engineer

Engaged in the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications the technology sector.