Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish a variety of clay, concrete, glassware and stone products by extruding, shaping, mixing, grinding, cutting and other processes.

    You can work as a Clay, Concrete, Glass or Stone Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

    Tasks

    • monitoring the flow of clay and other raw materials and products into machines, and adjusting valves and controls to specifications
    • positioning clay and stone on machines to be cut and worked
    • operating concrete mixing, stacking and splitting machines
    • setting up and installing moulds and other machine fixtures
    • setting up and operating glass-making machines to produce molten glass, and regulating temperature of molten glass
    • pressing and blowing glass into moulds to form glassware products
    • collecting and examining samples for conformity to specifications and adjusting machine settings accordingly
    • setting grinding and cutting edges
    • using hand tools to cut, inscribe and polish roughly hewn stone to finished condition

    All Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators

    • $1,063 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2018 to 5,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,063 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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
    20084900
    20094200
    20102900
    20113600
    20123600
    20132900
    20143000
    20152500
    20162800
    20173700
    20184300
    20235000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10631460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing71.0
    Construction17.2
    Wholesale Trade5.1
    Mining1.6
    Other Industries5.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.631.6
    VIC29.525.6
    QLD18.820.0
    SA9.57.0
    WA13.510.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.7-5.05.0
    20-248.3-9.39.3
    25-3423.4-22.922.9
    35-4426.1-22.022.0
    45-5424.3-21.621.6
    55-598.7-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationClay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.6-21.121.1
    Year 1224.4-18.118.1
    Year 118.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below28.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Clay, Concrete, Glass or Stone Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • forklift licence

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Manufactured Mineral Products VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators who are reliable, hardworking and can interact well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Fine arts

      70% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    2. Production and processing

      58% Skill level

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

    3. Chemistry

      55% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    4. Mechanical

      53% Skill level

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

    5. Sales and marketing

      53% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Freedom to make decisions

      96% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    2. Unstructured work

      96% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      94% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    4. Exposure to contaminants

      81% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    5. Making repetitive motions

      81% Important

      Spend time making repetitive motions.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9195.05 - Potters, Manufacturing.

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