Chemical Production Machine Operators operate machines to produce chemical goods such as soaps, detergents, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and explosives.

Specialisations: Bullet Maker, Candle Maker, Cosmetics Machine Operator, Explosives Mixer Operator, Nitrocellulose Maker, Paint Tinter, Tablet Making Machine Operator.

You can work as a Chemical Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in process plant operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Operates crushing machines to reduce solid chemicals and other materials to a size suitable for processing.
  • Operates mills to grind and pulverise solid chemicals and other materials into particles of a specified size.
  • Inspects samples of these materials and monitors the removal of the ground product.
  • Operates machines in which the ingredients used in chemical and related products are mixed and blended, and ensures the accuracy of the blend.
  • May be designated according to the type of material mixed, the product obtained or the machine operated.

All Other Machine Operators

  • $1,387 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Chemical Production Machine Operators

  • 2,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Chemical Production Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Chemical Production Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing73.3
Retail Trade7.3
Wholesale Trade6.9
Mining3.5
Other Industries9.0

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.
StateChemical Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.331.6
VIC33.925.6
QLD17.420.0
SA5.17.0
WA10.410.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.21.0
ACT0.11.9

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 BracketChemical Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-246.0-9.39.3
25-3420.6-22.922.9
35-4425.2-22.022.0
45-5428.1-21.621.6
55-5911.0-9.09.0
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationChemical Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree16.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV21.2-21.121.1
Year 1223.6-18.118.1
Year 116.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Chemical Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in process plant operations might be helpful.

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 Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Other Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    46% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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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, 51-9023.00 - Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Time pressure

    90% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Contact with people

    89% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9023.00 - Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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