This is the sixth largest industry in Australia. It covers manufacturing of food and beverages, petroleum and coal, polymer products, machinery, furniture and more. Many workers in this industry are male and employed full-time, but part-time employment is becoming more common. There are a broad range of jobs in this industry. Many need a VET qualification and an apprenticeship is a common pathway. There are also many lower skilled jobs.

Job Profiles

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,641 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Bakers and Pastrycooks

Bakers and Pastrycooks prepare and bake bread loaves and rolls, buns, cakes, biscuits and pastry goods.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $907 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers

Print Finishers and Screen Printers bind books and other publications, finish printed products by hand and machine, prepare stencils, and set up and operate power-driven and hand-operated screen print equipment.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct, fit out and repair boats and ships.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Cabinetmakers

Cabinetmakers fabricate and repair wooden furniture, and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,000 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Canvas and Leather Goods Makers

Canvas and Leather Goods Makers make and repair boots, shoes, leather goods, canvas and sailcloth articles, and related products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Chemical and Materials Engineers

Chemical and Materials Engineers design and prepare specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants, supervise industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical change, and investigate the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials and assess and develop their engineering and commercial applications.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators

Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators control the operation of chemical production equipment, pump gas and oil from wellheads, refine and process petroleum products, and operate boilers, turbogenerators and associated plant to generate electrical power.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $2,023 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists study the chemical and physical properties of substances, develop and monitor chemical processes and production, develop new and improve existing food products, and plan and coordinate the production of wine and spirits.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,669 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators

Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish a variety of clay, concrete, glassware and stone products by extruding, shaping, mixing, grinding, cutting and other processes.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Clothing Trades Workers

Clothing Trades Workers prepare and cut garment patterns and fabric, and make and repair garments.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators operate stationary and mobile cranes, hoists, lifts and winches to lift, move and place materials, equipment and people in areas such as building sites, factories, mines, sawmills, wharves and shipyards.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,493 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Associate Degree or Diploma

Electronics Engineers

Electronics Engineers design, develop, adapt, install, test and maintain electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer systems, communication systems, entertainment, transport and other industrial applications.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Engineering Managers

Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $2,355 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Engineering Production Workers

Engineering Production Workers perform a range of production process tasks to refine and treat metals and mineral ore, fire ceramics, and operate plant to produce and finish metal products such as rods, tubing and structural shapes, and moulds for casting.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,122 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers plan, design, develop and document products for manufacture and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass, batch and one-off production.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,354 Before Tax
  • Future Growth strong
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Food and Drink Factory Workers

Food and Drink Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing food and beverages.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,027 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Food Trades Assistants

Food Trades Assistants assist Food Trades Workers by performing routine food preparation, cleaning and storage tasks.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Forklift Drivers

Forklift Drivers operate forklifts to move bulk materials, containers, crates, palletised goods, cartons and bales.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,000 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Glaziers

Glaziers measure, cut, finish, fit and install flat glass and mirrors.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,136 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers

Graphic Pre-Press Trades Workers manipulate, set and compose text and graphics into a format suitable for printing and other visual media.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Industrial Spraypainters

Industrial Spraypainters operate spray painting equipment to paint and apply other industrial coatings to manufactured items (Vehicle Painters are shown separately).

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $984 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations, establish programs for the coordination of manufacturing activities, and ensure usage of resources is cost effective.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,961 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Jewellers

Jewellers make and repair jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets, craft objects out of precious metals, and cut, shape and polish rough gemstones to produce fashion and industrial jewels.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Manufacturers

Manufacturers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the operations of small manufacturing establishments.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,000 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers

Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers trim and cut meat from bones, sides and carcasses, and slaughter livestock in abattoirs.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,252 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers

Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers slaughter and eviscerate poultry, and process, grade and package meat, poultry, fish and shellfish.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $850 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Associate Degree or Diploma

Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers fabricate mould patterns and form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings, heat and hammer metal into shape, and make, repair, coat and polish metal parts and articles.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Metal Engineering Process Workers

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

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $941 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Metal Fitters and Machinists

Metal Fitters and Machinists fit and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,500 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Other Factory Process Workers

Other Factory Process Workers includes a number of occupations such as Cement and Concrete Plant Workers, Chemical Plant Workers, Clay Processing Factory Workers, Fabric and Textile Factory Workers, Footwear Factory Workers, Glass Processing Workers, Hide and Skin Processing Workers and Recycling Workers.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $999 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Other Machine Operators

Other Machine Operators includes a range of occupations such as Chemical Production Machine Operators, Motion Picture Projectionists, Sand Blasters and Sterilisation Technicians.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,127 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Other Specialist Managers

Other Specialist Managers includes occupations such as Arts Administrators or Managers, Environmental Managers, Laboratory Managers, Quality Assurance Managers and Sports Administrators.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,631 Before Tax
  • Future Growth very strong
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Other Stationary Plant Operators

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.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,411 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Packers

Packers weigh, wrap, seal and label chocolate, fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $900 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators

Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture paper packaging and other paper products, fibreboard stock, logs, plywood, particle board, solid laminate and similar timber products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,036 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic and rubber products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $857 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,069 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Precision Metal Trades Workers

Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,015 Before Tax
  • Future Growth strong
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Printers

Printers set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $900 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Printing Assistants and Table Workers

Printing Assistants and Table Workers perform routine printing tasks, operate bindery machines and perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay Unavailable
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Product Assemblers

Product Assemblers put together components and subassemblies that go into the production of metal products, electrical and electronic equipment, jewellery and precious metal articles, and joinery products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $965 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Product Quality Controllers

Product Quality Controllers examine manufactured products and primary produce to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,149 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Production Managers

Production Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the production activities of forestry, manufacturing and mining organisations including physical and human resources.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,634 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks prepare and process orders for goods and services, monitor stock levels and supply sources and maintain stock and inventory levels, record and coordinate the flow of materials between departments, prepare production schedules, and administer and coordinate storage and distribution operations within organisations.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,150 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Sales Representatives

Sales Representatives represent companies to sell their goods and business services to wholesale and retail establishments.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,200 Before Tax
  • Future Growth strong
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Sewing Machinists

Sewing Machinists operate industrial sewing machines to sew and finish garments and soft furnishings such as curtains.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $749 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

Sheetmetal Trades Workers mark out, shape, form and join sheetmetal and other materials to make products and components.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,118 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Signwriters

Signwriters design, fabricate and paint signs for displays, buildings, hoardings, boats and structures.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,015 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Storepersons

Storepersons receive, handle and despatch goods in stores and warehouses.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $927 Before Tax
  • Future Growth strong
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers cut, shape, join and repair metal components of iron and steel structures, boilers, pressure vessels and pipes, ships and other vessels.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,106 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the supply, storage and distribution of goods, products and services produced and used by organisations.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,650 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Technical Sales Representatives

Technical Sales Representatives represent companies in selling a range of industrial, medical and pharmaceutical goods and services to industrial, business, professional and other establishments.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,426 Before Tax
  • Future Growth stable
  • Skill Level Bachelor Degree or higher

Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to process raw hides and skins, raw textile fibres, and dye, weave and knit fibres for use in textile and footwear production.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,146 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate II or III

Timber and Wood Process Workers

Timber and Wood Process Workers perform routine tasks in paper and pulp mills, sawmills, timber yards, and wood processing and timber products factories.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $900 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level High School or Certificate I

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery, and construct full-size engineering, visual and experimental models and models for the manufacture of prototype developmental products.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,324 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Upholsterers

Upholsterers make, rebuild and repair upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $927 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers manufacture and repair prototype production units and purpose-built vehicle bodies, and install, repair and replace the interior trim of vehicles.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $1,030 Before Tax
  • Future Growth decline
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV

Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, finish and polish furniture, and make picture frames and frame paintings, photographs and other artwork.

  • Avg. Weekly Pay $946 Before Tax
  • Future Growth moderate
  • Skill Level Certificate III or IV
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