This qualification reflects the role of senior operators and polymer technicians who may be process-based and directly involved in production or they may be based elsewhere, although they will typically still have functions on the production floor. They apply theoretical and technical knowledge and well-developed skills in situations that require autonomy, discretion and judgement, such as product and process improvements and trialling. Senior operators and polymer technicians will solve complex problems which require in depth theoretical knowledge combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment.
Products and components may be for commercial, industrial or consumer markets and be made from natural or synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers. Production may be long runs of standard products, short runs, or ‘one offs’ of specialised products.
There are no specific licenses that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some jurisdictions. Local regulations should be checked for details.