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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.
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
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)
Operates plant to produce cement, lime and clinker.
Specialisations: Cement Crusher Operator, Cement Despatch Operator, Cement Grinding Mill Operator, Cement Kiln Operator
Operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients.
Specialisations: Premix Concrete Batcher
Operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Concrete Boom Operator
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
Controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard.
Specialisations: Railway Shunter, Railway Yard Assistant
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.
Specialisations: Licensed Weigher
Includes Air Compressor Operator, Beverage Distiller, Bitumen Plant Operator, Crematorium Operator, Lock Master (Water Transport), Snow Maker, Timber Treatment Plant Operator, Wash Plant Operator
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 large occupation employing 24,300 workers. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 23,100. Around 14,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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.
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.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Teaching and course design.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.
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.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually 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.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.