Other Building and Engineering Technicians includes occupations such as Maintenance Planners, Metallurgical or Materials Technicians, and Mine Deputies.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Around two in three workers have at least a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • develops maintenance planning strategies, and schedules, coordinates and monitors the maintenance of all plant equipment
  • tests materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of metallurgists and materials engineers
  • oversees the safety of mining operations and supervises miners

Job Titles

  • Maintenance or Shutdown Planner
  • Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • Mine Deputy
  • Other Building and Engineering Technicians
  • Maintenance or Shutdown Planner (also called Maintenance Scheduler or Shutdown Coordinator)

    Develops maintenance planning strategies, and schedules, coordinates and monitors the maintenance of all plant equipment.

  • Metallurgical or Materials Technician

    Tests materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of Metallurgists and Materials Engineers. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Dye Penetrant Testing Technician, Heat Treatment Technician, Magnetic Testing Technician, Metallurgy Laboratory Technician, Non-destructive Testing Technician, Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician, Pressure Testing Technician, Ultrasound Technician

  • Mine Deputy

    Oversees the safety of mining operations and supervises Miners. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Mining Technician, Open Cut Examiner

  • Other Building and Engineering Technicians

    Includes Aircraft Detail Draftsperson, Aircraft Systems Technician (Air Force), Airframe Technical Officer, Avionics Systems Technician (Air Force), Biomedical Technician, Corrosion Technician, Mining Detail Draftsperson, Shipbuilding Draftsperson

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $2,001 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    25400
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    88.1%
  • Female Share

    11.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    95.7%

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This is a large occupation employing 25,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of Other Building and Engineering Technicians.
  • They mainly work in: Mining; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $2,001 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200510400
200613900
200715000
200821100
200918900
201020600
201123600
201224900
201328100
201424100
201525400
202026200

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings20011230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time95.768.4
Part-time4.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.640

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining47.1
Manufacturing13.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11
Other Services6.5
Other Industries22.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW22.631.8
VIC6.125.5
QLD30.419.8
SA5.36.8
WA31.111.2
TAS1.22
NT2.91.1
ACT0.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-245.4-9.99.9
25-3421.1-23.423.4
35-4432.2-21.721.7
45-5426.4-21.121.1
55-598.1-8.78.7
60-645.2-5.95.9
65 and Over1.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Building and Engineering TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males88.1Males53.6
Females11.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma25.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV41.6-18.918.9
Year 125.9-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1022.6-17.717.7
Below Year 104.5-8.18.1

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.
Around two in three workers have at least a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    92% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Design

    81% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mathematics

    76% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Law and Government

    73% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Production and Processing

    73% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    87% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Estimating Products, Events, or Information

    85% Important

    Working out sizes, distances, and amounts; or time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    84% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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