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Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments.
Inscribes letters, figures and designs on metal, glass, wood, rubber, plastic and other surfaces.
Modifies, services and repairs rifles, revolvers and other firearms. Registration or licensing is required.
Installs and maintains locks and related security devices and systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Assembles, calibrates, installs and overhauls mechanical precision instruments and equipment.
Specialisations: Camera Repairer, Scalemaker, Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer
Repairs, sets and sharpens blades for circular, band and other saws.
Specialisations: Saw Sharpener
Makes, repairs, cleans and adjusts watches and clocks.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 7,900 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 8,100. Around 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
There have been shortages of Locksmiths for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Locksmiths. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Three in five workers have this level of qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification and 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 Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and what to do about it.
Fixing machines or systems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9061.00 - Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic machines, devices, and equipment.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.