Plastic Process Technician

A Plastic Process Technicians primary job is to set up, monitor, and troubleshoot plastic injection-molding machines. This requires specialized knowledge of materials, specific tools, and equipment. Troubleshooting tasks might include dealing with inconsistent material, faulty equipment, human error, and preventing defects from occurring.

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AJAC

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Physically able
  • Completion of college Math and English classes or assessment test such as:
                - Compass Test     
                - World of Work Inventory
                - ASSET Test
Step 2: Gain Employment
Acquire Skills and Get Hired
  • Option 1: Attend 10-week pre-apprenticeship Manufacturing Academy
                  - then continue with Option 2 or 3
  • Option 2: Start a certification or degree program
                  - then continue with Option 3
Step 3: Apply
Apply
  • Once employed by a Participating Employer, ask employer to recommend you for apprenticeship
  • Sign an Apprenticeship Agreement with AJAC
Step 4: Begin Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship

  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year. Typically one night per week at local community or technical college

Wages

  • Start at 60% of current Journey-Level rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.

Estimated Starting Hourly Base Rate

   $21.31 + Benefits
    * Based on statewide average           

G.I. Bill® Housing Allowance

  • Usage is optional
  • Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool
  • Search School Name:  AEROSPACE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE

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Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

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GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.