Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as ¿building blocks¿ because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
This unit group includes workers who assemble, finish and inspect plastic parts and finished products. They are employed by plastic products manufacturing companies and plastic parts divisions of aircraft or other manufacturing companies.
- May find that parts are stuck in the mould. They decide which tools to use to remove parts without damaging the mould. They must know their limitations and when to call lead hands for help. (1)
- May encounter a production lot which is incomplete because of a high number of rejected pieces. Inspectors must ensure that production continues until there are enough items to complete the lot and that there are sufficient raw materials to do so. (1)
- May discover that moulds do not take proper shape. Workers must use past experience or experiment with techniques to fix errors. (2)
- May be asked to repair a plastic product without sufficient knowledge of its composition. They must determine which glues and welds will work best. (2)
- May find work orders do not give the correct measurements. Workers must troubleshoot to find ways to make products as close to dimensions requested as possible. (3)
- Decide on the fastest way to cut or glue a product. (1)
- Decide how much curing time is needed and when to schedule spraying so that they do not interfere with co-workers who require use of the same spraying facilities. (2)
- May decide if all aspects of a product conform to quality norms and client requests. (2)
- Decide whether to substitute a product of a similar quality if a specific type and thickness of plastic requested for a product is not immediately available. (2)
- Decide whether to interrupt production to obtain a change in parameters or recipes. (3)
- Decide how to lay out materials most economically when designing a product (3)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.
Job Task Planning and Organizing
Supervisors determine the jobs to be completed each week. Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors determine the order of tasks based on the deadlines they have been given and the need to co-ordinate the use of machines and spraying facilities with co-workers. Depending on the workplace, they may complete the same repetitive tasks or orders may vary and include one-of-a-kind jobs. Emergencies may occur, such as rush jobs, causing regular schedules to be interrupted. (2)
Significant Use of Memory
- Remember test results and tolerances for different types of plastics.
- Recall specific processes that worked well or poorly on other jobs so that this knowledge can be applied to the present job.
- Remember the assembly plan for a particular project so that specifications do not have to be constantly reviewed.
- Refer to drawings of items to check specifications. (1)
- Ask supervisors or engineers for information which is not readily available. (1)
- Refer to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for information regarding products. (2)
- Refer to manuals when machines need repair. (2)
Other Essential Skills:
Working with Others
Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors mainly work independently. They may work with a partner or a group of co-workers to complete rush or large jobs, to solve specific problems or to move items. When making items in large quantities, workers may each have specific tasks which must be co-ordinated with the work of others.
Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors have an ongoing need to learn. For example, they may read technical papers or speak to co-workers or salespeople about new materials, chemicals and power tools. They take Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and other safety training. Some may take courses on communication in the workplace.