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Career Area: Manufacturing
Program Number: 50-420-0
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Injection Mold Set-Up (Plastic) Careers

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Injection molding machine setters set up and tend machines that transform plastic compounds into a wide variety of consumer goods; such as toys, tubing and auto parts. They install plastic injection molds on the molding machine; make necessary connections of the electrical, hydraulic and cooling systems to the mold; insure that the correct plastic material, plastic melt temperatures, shot size, injection speed and pressures are set; and cycle the machine and adjust the molding parameters until acceptable parts are produced.

Details and Requirements

  • 4 year training program
  • 7,424 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Units of instruction include electricity hydraulics and pneumatics; statistical process control; plastic mold design and blueprint reading; technical mathematics basic tool room machine shop operations; and an overview of many of the plastic molding processes other than injection molding

Apprenticeship Information

  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Wisconsin Technical College Injection Mold Set-Up (Plastic) Programs