Engineering Production Workers perform a range of production process tasks to refine and treat metals and mineral ore, fire ceramics, and operate plant to produce and finish metal products such as rods, tubing and structural shapes, and moulds for casting.

Specialisations: Alumina Refinery Operator, Arc Welder, Brake Press Operator, Computer Numeric Control Machine Operator, Foundry Operator, Furnace Operator (Metals), Kiln Operator (Metals), Metal Rolling Mill Operator, Sheetmetal Worker (Second Class), Tool Setter, Turret Punch Operator.

You can work as an Engineering Production Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in engineering studies, competitive systems and practices, manufacturing technology or resource processing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • interpreting engineering production drawings
  • setting up, operating and adjusting production plant to shape metal stock and castings and cut sheet metal
  • operating welding and electroplating plant
  • operating furnaces and quenching plant to smelt and change the structure of metals
  • using kilns and ovens to fire ceramics
  • processing mineral ore and operating metal rolling plant
  • casting molten metal and operating plant to draw metal wire through dies
  • operating computer-controlled production plant

All Engineering Production Workers

  • $1,265 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 18,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Engineering Production Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 18,200 in 2018 to 13,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Engineering Production Workers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,265 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 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% 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
200832000
200929200
201025100
201124000
201224900
201323700
201417500
201516400
201620000
201715800
201818200
202313800

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.
EarningsEngineering Production WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings12651460

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)
Manufacturing71.8
Construction11.3
Mining5.5
Wholesale Trade3.5
Other Industries7.9

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.
StateEngineering Production WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.231.6
VIC22.625.6
QLD21.520.0
SA9.27.0
WA16.510.8
TAS2.82.0
NT0.71.0
ACT0.41.9

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 BracketEngineering Production WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-246.0-9.39.3
25-3419.5-22.922.9
35-4424.4-22.022.0
45-5428.0-21.621.6
55-5911.8-9.09.0
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationEngineering Production WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV37.1-21.121.1
Year 1218.7-18.118.1
Year 117.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below24.9-12.512.5

You can work as an Engineering Production Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in engineering studies, competitive systems and practices, manufacturing technology or resource processing might be helpful.

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Employers look for Engineering Production Systems Workers have good interpersonal skills, can communicate well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    58% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    51% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Engineering and technology

    41% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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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, 51-4051.00 - Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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. Exposure to contaminants

    100% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Very hot or cold temperatures

    97% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  4. Bright or inadequate lighting

    97% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    96% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

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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, 51-4051.00 - Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders.

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