Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators operate plants to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore.

Specialisations: Bulk Fluids Handler, Conveyor Belt Operator, Grain Handler, Palletiser Operator, Tank Farm Operator (Petroleum).

You can work as a Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in manufactured mineral products might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Assists with physical inventory counts and processes.
  • Completes daily log sheets for bulk plant operations and documents all maintenance activities, as well as time sheets, job sheets and other paperwork for billing purposes.
  • Co-ordinates with outside agencies for shipping of in-bound/out-bound products.
  • Ensures all materials coming into or leaving the plant are properly documented and enters production tickets, goods receipts and shipping documentation.
  • Ensures that materials are properly labelled and that the disposal of materials is handled in a safe manner that complies with environmental standards.
  • Operates vehicles used for transporting bulk products and utilises materials handling equipment, such as loaders, forklifts and pallet jacks, to move materials within the plant.
  • Performs calculations to determine appropriate mixtures, weights and volumes, as well as measuring out the appropriate amount of raw material to meet order specifications.
  • Blends and mixes all bulk products for on-time delivery and as per the programmed design.
  • Packages, labels and loads finished products as per order requirements.
  • Performs daily inspections of bulk plant equipment and materials, maintains all equipment, and ensures bulk plant is kept clean.

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

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

Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,800 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Mining; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 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: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing46.2
Mining22.4
Wholesale Trade12.2
Manufacturing8.5
Other Industries10.7

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.
StateBulk Materials Handling Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW22.331.6
VIC13.825.6
QLD20.220.0
SA11.17.0
WA31.010.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.71.0
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 BracketBulk Materials Handling Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-247.3-9.39.3
25-3419.8-22.922.9
35-4422.6-22.022.0
45-5425.0-21.621.6
55-5913.2-9.09.0
60-648.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

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 QualificationBulk Materials Handling Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV29.6-21.121.1
Year 1220.0-18.118.1
Year 1110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below33.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in manufactured mineral products might be helpful.

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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    75% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Engineering and technology

    62% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    60% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Chemistry

    59% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
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, 53-7011.00 - Conveyor 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.

Filter Work Environment

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

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    96% Important

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

  4. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    95% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    91% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

Occupational Information Network
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, 53-7011.00 - Conveyor Operators and Tenders.

go to top