Other Stationary Plant Operators includes a range of occupations such as Boiler or Engine Operators, Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators, Cement Production Plant Operators, Concrete Batching Plant Operators, Concrete Pump Operators, Paper and Pulp Mill Operators, Railway Signal Operators, Train Controllers, Waste Water or Water Plant Operators and Weighbridge Operators.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around two in five workers have a Certificate III/IV. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant
  • operates plant to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore
  • operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients
  • operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete registration or licensing is required
  • operates plant to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets
  • controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard
  • oversees the safe movement of trains using a computerised train control signalling system
  • operates plant to store, distribute and treat water including purifying water for human consumption and removing wastes from sewage
  • operates weighing plant and issues measurement tickets which provide readings of vehicle and livestock weight

Job Titles

  • Boiler or Engine Operator
  • Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator
  • Cement Production Plant Operator
  • Concrete Batching Plant Operator
  • Concrete Pump Operator
  • Paper and Pulp Mill Operator
  • Railway Signal Operator
  • Train Controller
  • Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
  • Weighbridge Operator
  • Other Stationary Plant Operators
  • Boiler or Engine Operator

    Operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Airconditioning Plant Operator, Marine Engine Driver, Motorman/woman (Fluids Drilling), Refrigeration Plant Operator

  • Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator

    Operates plant to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore.

    Specialisations: Bulk Fluids Handler, Conveyor Belt Operator, Grain Handler, Palletiser Operator, Tank Farm Operator (Petroleum)

  • Cement Production Plant Operator

    Operates plant to produce cement, lime and clinker.

    Specialisations: Cement Crusher Operator, Cement Despatch Operator, Cement Grinding Mill Operator, Cement Kiln Operator

  • Concrete Batching Plant Operator

    Operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients.

    Specialisations: Premix Concrete Batcher

  • Concrete Pump Operator

    Operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Concrete Boom Operator

  • Paper and Pulp Mill Operator (also called Paper Machine Operator or Paper Maker)

    Operates plant to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets.

    Specialisations: Bleach Plant Operator, Dryerman/woman (Paper Mill), Fourdrinier Machine Operator, Inverform Machine Operator, Paper Rewinder Operator, Paperboard Machine Operator

  • Railway Signal Operator (also called Railway Switching and Signalling Operator)

    Controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard.

    Specialisations: Railway Shunter, Railway Yard Assistant

  • Train Controller

    Oversees the safe movement of trains using a computerised train control signalling system.

  • Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

    Operates plant to store, distribute and treat water including purifying water for human consumption and removing wastes from sewage.

  • Weighbridge Operator

    Operates weighing plant and issues measurement tickets which provide readings of vehicle and livestock weight.

    Specialisations: Licensed Weigher

  • Other Stationary Plant Operators

    Includes Air Compressor Operator, Beverage Distiller, Bitumen Plant Operator, Crematorium Operator, Lock Master (Water Transport), Snow Maker, Timber Treatment Plant Operator, Wash Plant Operator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,411 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    27600
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    94.6%
  • Female Share

    5.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    95.0%

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This is a large occupation employing 27,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Western Australia has a large share of Other Stationary Plant Operators.
  • They mainly work in: Mining; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Construction.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,411 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above 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
200518800
200618200
200716100
200820800
200918200
201020900
201118300
201220300
201323200
201419000
201527600
202027400

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14111230

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time9568.4
Part-time531.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.540

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)
Mining20.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing16.8
Construction16.5
Manufacturing15.8
Other Industries30.8

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.631.8
VIC18.725.5
QLD24.419.8
SA5.36.8
WA22.811.2
TAS2.72
NT0.71.1
ACT0.91.8

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.45.4
20-243.9-9.99.9
25-3422.8-23.423.4
35-4418.4-21.721.7
45-5426.1-21.121.1
55-5914.3-8.78.7
60-6410.5-5.95.9
65 and Over2.5-3.83.8

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males94.6Males53.6
Females5.4Females46.4

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree5.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV42-18.918.9
Year 1232.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 109.5-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around two in five workers have a Certificate III/IV. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may 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.

  • myfuture (login required) and the Good Education Group provide information about courses at all levels.
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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 Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Mechanical

    84% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. English Language

    65% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Production and Processing

    65% Important

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

  4. Education and Training

    64% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Mathematics

    59% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

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

  1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    95% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  2. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    93% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

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

  4. Documenting/Recording Information

    87% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    87% Important

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

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