Metal Engineering Process Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing metal products.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in two workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • positioning and holding tools and metal products
  • performing assembly and dismantling operations such as screwing and bolting
  • operating power hammers, presses and other metal cutting and shaping tools and machines
  • soldering and spot welding components using electrical spot and butt welding machines
  • transporting tools, materials and work pieces to and from sites and workbenches
  • cleaning and preparing working surfaces

Job Titles

  • Metal Engineering Process Worker
  • Metal Engineering Process Worker

    Specialisations: Boilermaker's Assistant, Fitter's Assistant, Metal Forger's Assistant, Metal Moulder's Assistant

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $941 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    9,200
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    97.4%
  • Female Share

    2.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    92.0%

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This is a small occupation employing 9200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Metal Engineering Process Workers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $941 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 41 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
200518000
200618800
200715300
200816600
200916700
201014300
201115900
201213700
201315300
201410200
20159200
20206300

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.
EarningsMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9411230

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.
CategoryMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-time92.068.4
Part-time8.031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.240.0

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)
Manufacturing76.5
Construction10.1
Other Services5.4
Retail Trade2.9
Other Industries5.1

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.
StateMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.8
VIC25.525.5
QLD19.019.8
SA6.16.8
WA10.711.2
TAS3.92.0
NT0.91.1
ACT0.41.8

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 BracketMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.2-5.45.4
20-2414.4-9.99.9
25-3423.9-23.423.4
35-4413.9-21.721.7
45-5423.2-21.121.1
55-5916.9-8.78.7
60-644.5-5.95.9
65 and Over1.0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryMetal Engineering Process WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males97.4Males53.6
Females2.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in two workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

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 Metal Engineering Process Workers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and can interact with others.

Knowledge

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

  1. Mechanical

    69% Important

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

  2. English Language

    66% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    59% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Building and Construction

    54% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    84% Important

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

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    83% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    80% Important

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

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

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

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