National code: PMB40121

Certificate IV in Polymer Technology

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Overview About this course

Advance your polymer technology skills for the essential manufacturing, plastics, and robotics industries and gain practical production and client communication skills valued in polymer technician roles.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Produce a range of domestic, commercial and industrial polymer products

  • Make knives, spoons, cups, golf tees etc

  • Test plastics and polymer materials in a laboratory

  • Program computer control machinery

  • Collate and communicate data to peers, clients and stakeholders

  • Understand general polymer processes and manufacturing principles

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Specialist skills that will enable you to find employment in the polymer manufacturing industry

  • The ability to have a secure job in an essential industry

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in plant, process and manufacturing

  • A curiosity about the design process

  • The ability to follow verbal and written instructions and operating procedures

  • Collaboration and independent work skills

  • Foundational computer skills for programming computer control machinery

  • Maths skills at Year 11 high school level

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Plastics Technician

Plastics Technicians set up, adjust, repair and troubleshoot machines which manufacture plastics products.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    74%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    40 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    47 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,350

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    0% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Die setter, Polymer technician and Troubleshooter

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Polymer Technology does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate IV in Polymer Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Polymer Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 Units of competency, including 1 core and 27 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply quality standards MSS402051

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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