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.

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. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant
  • operates plant to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore
  • operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients
  • operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete registration or licensing is required
  • operates plant to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets
  • controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard
  • oversees the safe movement of trains using a computerised train control signalling system
  • operates plant to store, distribute and treat water including purifying water for human consumption and removing wastes from sewage
  • operates weighing plant and issues measurement tickets which provide readings of vehicle and livestock weight

Job Titles

  • Boiler or Engine Operator
  • Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator
  • Cement Production Plant Operator
  • Concrete Batching Plant Operator
  • Concrete Pump Operator
  • Paper and Pulp Mill Operator
  • Railway Signal Operator
  • Train Controller
  • Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
  • Weighbridge Operator
  • Other Stationary Plant Operators
  • Boiler or Engine Operator

    Operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Airconditioning Plant Operator, Marine Engine Driver, Motorman/woman (Fluids Drilling), Refrigeration Plant Operator

  • Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator

    Operates plant to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore.

    Specialisations: Bulk Fluids Handler, Conveyor Belt Operator, Grain Handler, Palletiser Operator, Tank Farm Operator (Petroleum)

  • Cement Production Plant Operator

    Operates plant to produce cement, lime and clinker.

    Specialisations: Cement Crusher Operator, Cement Despatch Operator, Cement Grinding Mill Operator, Cement Kiln Operator

  • Concrete Batching Plant Operator

    Operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients.

    Specialisations: Premix Concrete Batcher

  • Concrete Pump Operator

    Operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Concrete Boom Operator

  • Paper and Pulp Mill Operator (also called Paper Machine Operator or Paper Maker)

    Operates plant to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets.

    Specialisations: Bleach Plant Operator, Dryerman/woman (Paper Mill), Fourdrinier Machine Operator, Inverform Machine Operator, Paper Rewinder Operator, Paperboard Machine Operator

  • Railway Signal Operator (also called Railway Switching and Signalling Operator)

    Controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard.

    Specialisations: Railway Shunter, Railway Yard Assistant

  • Train Controller

    Oversees the safe movement of trains using a computerised train control signalling system.

  • Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

    Operates plant to store, distribute and treat water including purifying water for human consumption and removing wastes from sewage.

  • Weighbridge Operator

    Operates weighing plant and issues measurement tickets which provide readings of vehicle and livestock weight.

    Specialisations: Licensed Weigher

  • Other Stationary Plant Operators

    Includes Air Compressor Operator, Beverage Distiller, Bitumen Plant Operator, Crematorium Operator, Lock Master (Water Transport), Snow Maker, Timber Treatment Plant Operator, Wash Plant Operator

Fast Facts

  • $1,411 Weekly Pay
  • 22,800 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 95.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4.4% female Gender Share

The number of Other Stationary Plant Operators grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 22,800 in 2018 to 23,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 16,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Stationary Plant Operators work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,411 per week (higher than 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 (95.5%, 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 43.0 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 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200817100
200918400
201020000
201118400
201221200
201321300
201418800
201521900
201625300
201725200
201822800
202323900

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14111230

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing19.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services19.6
Manufacturing19.3
Mining13.7
Other Industries27.7

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC28.226.2
QLD16.119.7
SA4.76.7
WA16.710.8
TAS3.72.0
NT0.91.1
ACT0.51.8

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.25.2
20-244.3-9.99.9
25-3422.7-23.623.6
35-4423.8-21.721.7
45-5432.0-20.820.8
55-5912.7-8.88.8
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over0.5-4.04.0

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 Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree5.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV42-18.918.9
Year 1232.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 109.5-17.717.7
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. Registration or licensing may be required.

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.
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Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    84% Important

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

  2. English Language

    65% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Production and Processing

    65% Important

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

  4. Education and Training

    64% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Mathematics

    59% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

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

  1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    95% Important

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

  2. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    93% Important

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

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

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

  4. Documenting/Recording Information

    87% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    87% Important

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

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