From contact lens production to toy plastic animals to car panels, injection moulding provides the world with all kinds of useful and playful objects.
Employers and recruitment agencies prefer candidates to have practical based qualifications such as NVQ/BTEC in subjects like injection moulding, moulding technology, and manufacturing technologies, at least at Level 2, although there are many educational schemes available for employers to access on behalf of their staff.
At a lower level, injection moulders can expect to earn salaries between £22,000 p.a. and £28,000 p.a. for jobs such as tool-setting and injection moulding technicians. Upwards from there, with some experience, it is possible for workers to study at a higher educational level in product design and engineering, and from there to specialise in these areas with injection moulding at the core. This type of graduate employment potentially involves salaries of around £40,000+ p.a. and supply job opportunities around the world.
Injection moulders should be able to evidence high levels of accuracy as the work is very exacting. Not only should craft and bench work skills be included in their resumes, but also the ability to service and maintain tools and provide development and modifications for these where necessary.