Other Mobile Plant Operators includes a number of occupation such as Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crew, Linemarkers, Paving Plant Operators, Railway Track Plant Operators, Road Roller Operators and Streetsweeper Operators.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • loads and unloads baggage, directs planes, positions staircases, fills aircraft fuel tanks and performs other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently
  • operates plant to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds
  • operates plant to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks
  • operates plant to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks
  • operates a power-driven roller to prepare surfaces for roads, runways and car parks
  • operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris

Job Titles

  • Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew
  • Linemarker
  • Paving Plant Operator
  • Railway Track Plant Operator
  • Road Roller Operator
  • Streetsweeper Operator
  • Other Mobile Plant Operators
  • Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew

    Loads and unloads baggage, directs planes, positions staircases, fills aircraft fuel tanks and performs other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Ramp Agent

  • Linemarker

    Operates plant to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Road Marker

  • Paving Plant Operator

    Operates plant to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Railway Track Plant Operator

    Operates plant to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Road Roller Operator

    Operates a power-driven roller to prepare surfaces for roads, runways and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Streetsweeper Operator

    Operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Other Mobile Plant Operators

    Includes Cable Ferry Operator, Dredge Operator, Mulcher Operator, Snow Groomer, Straddle Carrier Operator, Tunneller. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • $981 Weekly Pay
  • 11,600 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 75.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.2 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 8.2% female Gender Share

The number of Other Mobile Plant Operators stayed fairly stable over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 11,600 in 2017 to 11,600 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 small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Mobile Plant Operators work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $981 per week (below 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 (75.5%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8.2% 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
20079800
20087800
200910300
201011400
20119800
201211300
201312800
201412000
201510500
20169500
201711600
202211600

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9811230

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 Warehousing58.7
Construction21.0
Public Administration and Safety10.9
Administrative and Support Services3.0
Other Industries6.4

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW21.531.6
VIC23.026.2
QLD32.219.7
SA6.66.7
WA11.910.8
TAS0.02.0
NT3.11.1
ACT1.81.8

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.4-5.25.2
20-243.8-9.99.9
25-3431.3-23.623.6
35-4416.9-21.721.7
45-5424.2-20.820.8
55-596.9-8.88.8
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.04.0

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 Mobile Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree12.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.4-18.918.9
Year 1235.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1034.8-17.717.7
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 one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. 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.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public Safety and Security

    79% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Transportation

    72% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Mechanical

    68% Important

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

  4. Building and Construction

    66% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  5. English Language

    65% 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. Controlling Machines and Processes

    92% Important

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

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    88% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  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. Handling and Moving Objects

    82% Important

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

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    79% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2071.00 - Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators.

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