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.

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. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • interpreting engineering production drawings
  • setting up, operating and adjusting production plant to shape metal stock and castings and cut sheet metal
  • operating welding and electroplating plant
  • operating furnaces and quenching plant to smelt and change the structure of metals
  • using kilns and ovens to fire ceramics
  • processing mineral ore and operating metal rolling plant
  • casting molten metal and operating plant to draw metal wire through dies
  • operating computer-controlled production plant

Job Titles

  • Engineering Production Worker
  • Engineering Production Worker

    Specialisations: Alumina Refinery Operator, Arc Welder, Brake Press Operator, Computer Numeric Control Machine Operator, Foundry Operator, Furnace Operator (Metals), Kiln Operator (Metals), Metal Rolling Mill Operator, Sheetmetal Worker (Second Class), Tool Setter, Turret Punch Operator

Fast Facts

  • $1,122 Weekly Pay
  • 17,800 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 95.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.1 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4.4% female Gender Share

The number of Engineering Production Systems Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 17,800 in 2017 to 16,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 9,000 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: Engineering Production Systems Workers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,122 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: Most work full-time (95.8%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • 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 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4.4% 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
200728800
200832000
200929200
201025200
201124000
201224900
201323800
201417500
201516800
201619100
201717800
202216300

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.
EarningsEngineering Production Systems WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11221230

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)
Manufacturing71.5
Construction12.9
Other Services4.1
Mining3.9
Other Industries7.6

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.
StateEngineering Production Systems WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.231.6
VIC24.326.2
QLD18.819.7
SA8.16.7
WA18.210.8
TAS3.52.0
NT0.71.1
ACT0.31.8

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 BracketEngineering Production Systems WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.25.2
20-248.9-9.99.9
25-3421.0-23.623.6
35-4420.8-21.721.7
45-5421.0-20.820.8
55-5916.6-8.88.8
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.04.0

Education Level

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. Registration or licensing is required.

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Employers look for Engineering Production Systems Workers have good interpersonal skills, can communicate well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    83% Important

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

  2. Mathematics

    73% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Education and Training

    72% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  4. Mechanical

    70% Important

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

  5. Engineering and Technology

    65% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    84% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    82% Important

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

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    81% Important

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

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    81% Important

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

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, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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