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.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • monitoring the flow of clay and other raw materials and products into machines, and adjusting valves and controls to specifications
  • positioning clay and stone on machines to be cut and worked
  • operating concrete mixing, stacking and splitting machines
  • setting up and installing moulds and other machine fixtures
  • setting up and operating glass-making machines to produce molten glass, and regulating temperature of molten glass
  • pressing and blowing glass into moulds to form glassware products
  • collecting and examining samples for conformity to specifications and adjusting machine settings accordingly
  • setting grinding and cutting edges
  • using hand tools to cut, inscribe and polish roughly hewn stone to finished condition

Job Titles

  • Clay Products Machine Operator
  • Concrete Products Machine Operator
  • Glass Production Machine Operator
  • Stone Processing Machine Operator
  • Other Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators
  • Clay Products Machine Operator

    Operates machines to manufacture clay products, such as bricks, tiles, insulators, porcelain and pottery, by shaping and firing clay.

    Specialisations: Brick Extruder Operator, Porcelain Turner, Slip Caster

  • Concrete Products Machine Operator

    Operates machines to manufacture moulded concrete products such as cement pipes and fittings, concrete railway sleepers, concrete bricks, tiles and paving blocks, structural beams, building panels and cast products.

    Specialisations: Concrete Pipe Machine Operator, Concrete Precast Moulder, Concrete Tile Machine Operator

  • Glass Production Machine Operator

    Operates machines to manufacture molten glass and shape glassware products such as containers, sheet glass, structural and stained glass, glass lenses and prisms.

    Specialisations: Glass Furnace Operator, Glass Laminating Operator, Glass Maker, Glass Melt Operator, Glass Toughening Operator, Glassware Maker

  • Stone Processing Machine Operator

    Operates machines to cut and finish stones for tiles, building blocks and facings.

    Specialisations: Marble Cutter, Stone Polisher, Stone Sawyer

  • Other Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators

    Includes Brake Lining Maker, Fibre Cement Moulder, Plaster Caster, Plaster Machine Operator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    2800
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    95.3%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2800 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
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.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria has a large share of Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • 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
20054600
20064900
20074700
20083600
20094800
20103300
20113200
20124100
20132900
20141900
20152800
20202600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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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.
CategoryClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time95.368.4
Part-time4.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.540

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)
Manufacturing75.3
Construction20.4
Wholesale Trade4.3

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.
StateClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW18.831.8
VIC44.625.5
QLD12.319.8
SA6.86.8
WA15.211.2
TAS2.22
NT01.1
ACT01.8

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 BracketClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-244.7-9.99.9
25-3436.9-23.423.4
35-4414.3-21.721.7
45-5413-21.121.1
55-5927.3-8.78.7
60-643.9-5.95.9
65 and Over0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males100Males53.6
Females0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

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 Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators who are reliable, hardworking and can interact well with others.

Knowledge

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

  1. Production and Processing

    81% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Fine Arts

    77% Important

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  3. Sales and Marketing

    70% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. Design

    67% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Thinking Creatively

    94% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    86% Important

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

  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. Controlling Machines and Processes

    83% Important

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

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    79% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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