Career in Plastic Industry

Plastic has become part and parcel of our life. Plastic has brought luxury and convenience in our life. Today our day begins with plastic and terminates with it too. Tooth brush, buckets, Radio body, electricity switch, telephone receiver etc are made of plastic. Plastic is increasingly being used as a substitute to materials like rubber, wood, glass and paper in packaging industry and metals in other industries. There has been a consistent rise in the demand of plastic due to its price, versatility, variety and durability. In fact today after steel, plastic is the most widely used material. We all have accepted it globally due to its low costs and durability.
Nature of Work:
Plastics comprise a family of materials. Through the process of polymerisation plastic is created. Thus it is known as polymer. The products that can be manufactured using plastic are endless and raw material for plastics can be produced in powder, pellet or syrup form and then various consumer durables like toys, tubing and auto parts are manufactured, using various methods. Injection moulding and blow moulding are two of the commonly used methods used for producing plastic goods.
Students willing to enter the area of Plastic Technology must have completed 10+2 with physics, chemistry and mathematics. Plastic Technologist may specialize at the graduate level through a BE course in Chemical/Polymer engineering or a B.Sc. course in Chemistry followed by B.Tech./Diploma in Plastic/Polymer Technology. Graduates in Chemical/Polymer engineering or simple graduates with Chemistry are eligible for postgraduate courses in Plastic/Polymers technology. They however have to pass GATE for getting admission into the postgraduate course. Apart from this production, management and marketing are other functional areas and entry in these areas should not necessarily demand a background in Plastic Technology.
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