Boiler or Engine Operators operate and maintain stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plants.

Specialisations: Airconditioning Plant Operator, Marine Engine Driver, Motorman/woman (Fluids Drilling), Refrigeration Plant Operator.

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in engineering - mechanical or maritime operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Maintains supply of solid, liquid or gas fuel to boiler.
  • Maintains required level of water in boiler and controls draught.
  • Cleans and maintains boiler and work area.

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Boiler and Engine Operators

  • 620 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Boiler and Engine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 780 in 2011 to 620 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Boiler and Engine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
  • Gender: 1% 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)
Manufacturing69.4
Mining7.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.0
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.5
Other Industries12.8

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.
StateBoiler and Engine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.131.6
VIC16.325.6
QLD37.420.0
SA11.57.0
WA4.710.8
TAS7.02.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketBoiler and Engine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-242.6-9.39.3
25-3415.3-22.922.9
35-4417.9-22.022.0
45-5429.0-21.621.6
55-5915.1-9.09.0
60-6414.3-6.06.0
65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationBoiler and Engine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV49.8-21.121.1
Year 1212.5-18.118.1
Year 116.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below24.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in engineering - mechanical or maritime operations might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • high risk work licence
  • forklift licence

Thinking about study or training?

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

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Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    65% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Production and processing

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    99% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    98% Important

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

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  4. Dangerous conditions

    91% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  5. Contact with people

    91% Important

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

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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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

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