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The MAPP Plastic Industry Discussion Forum allows members to rapidly communicate with each other. Post both questions and answers to questions that other MAPP members have about any industry topic from material and process issues to R&E Tax Credits and other business issues.

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Posted:  08 Jul 2008 20:10
We are looking to hire an intern/co-op for the position of fitting drawings draftsman. What would a reasonable wage be? Has anyone put an intern in a similar position?

Erin Hlavin
Posted:  09 Jul 2008 16:35
We recently hired a summer intern from a Plastics Engineering Program for the position of Junior Program Manager. He works under the Engineering Manager. He started at $11/hr. He had several other offers in the industry that were around $10/ hr.

We have had co-ops in the engineering department that started at around mimimum wage.

We are big fans of co-ops and intern programs and we typically end up hiring these students.

Hope this helps. 

Cindy Paris
Posted:  09 Jul 2008 19:54
Thanks! It definately helps!
Posted:  09 Jul 2008 21:56
Matt, the National Machine Tooling Association (NTMA) puts out a Wage and Salary report annual that may be useful to you in other areas to supplement MAPP's biennial wage and salary survey for the plastics industry.

The 2006 report does have a drafting job description for Draftsman (CAD)between 1 - years experience.  The lower quartile of pay is $12.81 per hour and the median pay is $15.00 per hour.  For the experienced draftsman, or those over 4 years, $18.00 is the lower quartile rate.

It appears as if Tech Molded Plastics has done a good job of understanding the labor market in the region as their rate matches well with the published rates of the NTMA and experience level.

Troy Nix
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