Other Mobile Plant Operators includes a number of occupation such as Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crew, Linemarkers, Paving Plant Operators, Railway Track Plant Operators, Road Roller Operators and Streetsweeper Operators.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • loads and unloads baggage, directs planes, positions staircases, fills aircraft fuel tanks and performs other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently
  • operates plant to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds
  • operates plant to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks
  • operates plant to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks
  • operates a power-driven roller to prepare surfaces for roads, runways and car parks
  • operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris

Job Titles

  • Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew
  • Linemarker
  • Paving Plant Operator
  • Railway Track Plant Operator
  • Road Roller Operator
  • Streetsweeper Operator
  • Other Mobile Plant Operators
  • Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew

    Loads and unloads baggage, directs planes, positions staircases, fills aircraft fuel tanks and performs other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Ramp Agent

  • Linemarker

    Operates plant to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Road Marker

  • Paving Plant Operator

    Operates plant to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Railway Track Plant Operator

    Operates plant to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Road Roller Operator

    Operates a power-driven roller to prepare surfaces for roads, runways and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Streetsweeper Operator

    Operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Other Mobile Plant Operators

    Includes Cable Ferry Operator, Dredge Operator, Mulcher Operator, Snow Groomer, Straddle Carrier Operator, Tunneller. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $981 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    11,200
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    80.6%
  • Female Share

    19.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    76.0%

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This is a small occupation employing 11,200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Little change in the number of jobs 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 has a large share of Other Mobile Plant Operators.
  • They mainly work in: Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $981 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 8 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
20059200
20069600
20079100
20088700
200911100
201011300
20119500
201212200
201311000
201411900
201511200
202011500

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9811230

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time76.068.4
Part-time24.031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.940.0

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing71.5
Construction18.1
Public Administration and Safety5.0
Administrative and Support Services2.3
Other Industries3.1

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.8
VIC24.725.5
QLD13.119.8
SA3.56.8
WA25.911.2
TAS0.82.0
NT1.51.1
ACT2.11.8

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.7-5.45.4
20-247.2-9.99.9
25-3425.3-23.423.4
35-4426.6-21.721.7
45-5425.1-21.121.1
55-596.1-8.78.7
60-644.0-5.95.9
65 and Over2.1-3.83.8

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males80.6Males53.6
Females19.4Females46.4

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree12.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.4-18.918.9
Year 1235.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1034.8-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. 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 Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills

Knowledge

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

  1. Public Safety and Security

    79% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Transportation

    72% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Mechanical

    68% Important

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

  4. Building and Construction

    66% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  5. English Language

    65% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    92% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    88% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Performing General Physical Activities

    85% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    82% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    79% Important

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

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