Metal and Plastic Processing Workers

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Metal and Plastic Processing Workers

Metal and Plastic Processing Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, metal and plastic processing workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers. This applies mainly to operators who set up machines for other workers.
  • Have a low level of social contact. They work mostly with machines and materials.
  • Communicate mostly by face-to-face discussions and telephone.
  • Often work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Nearly always work indoors.
  • Regularly wear protective attire, such as safety glasses, earplugs, or face masks.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment or conditions.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that produce cuts or minor burns.
  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could endanger the safety of workers.
  • Must allow the work pace to be determined by the speed of the machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Usually work under the direction of supervisors.
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  • Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week. However, overtime is common during periods of increased production.
  • May be required to work nights and weekends, if working in a shop that operates more than one shift per day.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.