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

  • $1,127 Weekly Pay
  • 13,700 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 66.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.1 hours Average full-time
  • 45.5 years Average age
  • 38.2% female Gender Share

The number of Other Machine Operators grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 13,700 in 2017 to 13,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Machine Operators work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (66.2%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.8%).
  • Gender: 38.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200712800
200812500
200912200
201010200
201111100
201210400
201312200
20149300
201512100
201610000
201713700
202213700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Health Care and Social Assistance33.2
Manufacturing26.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9.3
Construction8.3
Other Industries22.7

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 2017, 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
NSW33.331.6
VIC34.926.2
QLD10.419.7
SA3.66.7
WA13.510.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.71.1
ACT1.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-199.8-5.25.2
20-247.6-9.99.9
25-3413.8-23.623.6
35-4416.9-21.721.7
45-5427.9-20.820.8
55-5915.1-8.88.8
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Other Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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).

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9011.00 - Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders.

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