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

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.

Tasks

  • operates machines to produce chemical goods such as soaps, detergents, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and explosives
  • operates film projection and related sound reproduction equipment
  • operates sandblasting machines to clean and grind metal products and other hard surfaces
  • cleans, sterilises and packages surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation service facility

Job Titles

  • Chemical Production Machine Operator
  • Motion Picture Projectionist
  • Sand Blaster
  • Sterilisation Technician
  • Other Machine Operators
  • Chemical Production Machine Operator

    Operates machines to produce chemical goods such as soaps, detergents, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and explosives.

    Specialisations: Bullet Maker, Candle Maker, Cosmetics Machine Operator, Explosives Mixer Operator, Nitrocellulose Maker, Paint Tinter, Tablet Making Machine Operator

  • Motion Picture Projectionist

    Operates film projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

  • Sand Blaster

    Operates sandblasting machines to clean and grind metal products and other hard surfaces.

  • Sterilisation Technician

    Cleans, sterilises and packages surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation service facility.

  • Other Machine Operators

    Includes Amusement Ride Operator, Asbestos Remover, Brush Maker, Film Cutter, Pressurised Container Filler, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Pilot, Venetian Blind Machine Operator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,127 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    9700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    52.0%
  • Female Share

    48.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    68.7%

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This is a small occupation employing 9700 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.

  • Other Machine Operators work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,127 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below 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
200511200
200611700
200711100
200815300
20097800
201011400
201112300
201210500
201312600
20149500
20159700
20208300

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 Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11271230

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 Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time68.768.4
Part-time31.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.740

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)
Manufacturing33
Health Care and Social Assistance31.1
Arts and Recreation Services11.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9.7
Other Industries14.5

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 Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW40.631.8
VIC25.925.5
QLD15.919.8
SA6.86.8
WA8.711.2
TAS0.82
NT1.31.1
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 BracketOther Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.2-5.45.4
20-242.9-9.99.9
25-3430.5-23.423.4
35-4426.2-21.721.7
45-5423.3-21.121.1
55-592.3-8.78.7
60-644-5.95.9
65 and Over2.4-3.83.8

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 Machine OperatorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males52Males53.6
Females48Females46.4

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 Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV46.3-18.918.9
Year 1222.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1031.5-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around two in five workers have a Certificate III/IV. 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 Other Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Production and Processing

    91% Important

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

  2. Chemistry

    88% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  3. Mechanical

    81% Important

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    74% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. English Language

    74% 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. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    89% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  2. Getting Information

    87% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    85% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    84% Important

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

  5. Controlling Machines and Processes

    84% Important

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

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