Metal Engineering Process Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing metal products.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in two workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • positioning and holding tools and metal products
  • performing assembly and dismantling operations such as screwing and bolting
  • operating power hammers, presses and other metal cutting and shaping tools and machines
  • soldering and spot welding components using electrical spot and butt welding machines
  • transporting tools, materials and work pieces to and from sites and workbenches
  • cleaning and preparing working surfaces

Job Titles

  • Metal Engineering Process Worker
  • Metal Engineering Process Worker

    Specialisations: Boilermaker's Assistant, Fitter's Assistant, Metal Forger's Assistant, Metal Moulder's Assistant

Fast Facts

  • $941 Weekly Pay
  • 9,700 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 88.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.3 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 1.2% female Gender Share

The number of Metal Engineering Process Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 9,700 in 2017 to 8,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Metal Engineering Process Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $941 per week (lower 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 (88.4%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24.8%).
  • Gender: 1.2% 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
200717400
200815800
200917000
201013700
201115400
201214700
201313600
201415400
20158700
201610600
20179700
20228800

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.
EarningsMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9411230

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)
Manufacturing76.2
Construction8.9
Wholesale Trade5.8
Mining2.1
Other Industries7.0

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.
StateMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.531.6
VIC18.226.2
QLD34.819.7
SA7.86.7
WA6.710.8
TAS2.42.0
NT1.21.1
ACT2.51.8

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 BracketMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1910.5-5.25.2
20-2414.3-9.99.9
25-3419.4-23.623.6
35-4421.0-21.721.7
45-5424.6-20.820.8
55-594.3-8.88.8
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in two workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

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Employers look for Metal Engineering Process Workers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and can interact with others.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    69% Important

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

  2. English Language

    66% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    59% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Building and Construction

    54% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    84% Important

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

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    83% Important

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

  3. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    80% Important

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

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9098.00 - Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers.

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