Maintenance Planners develop maintenance planning strategies, and schedule, coordinate and monitor the maintenance of all plant equipment.

Also known as: Maintenance Scheduler or Shutdown Coordinator.

You usually need a certificate IV in maintenance engineering to work as a Maintenance Planner. It is also common for Maintenance Planners to complete a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Tasks

  • Develops schedules and planning strategies for the up keep and maintenance of all plant equipment.
  • Co-ordinates and monitors the maintenance undertaken on all plant equipment.

All Other Building and Engineering Technicians

  • $2,812 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Maintenance Planners

  • 6,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Maintenance Planners (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 5,400 in 2011 to 6,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Maintenance Planners work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (96%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 12% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
Mining41.8
Manufacturing21.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.4
Other Industries21.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMaintenance PlannersAll Jobs Average
NSW19.431.6
VIC11.625.6
QLD25.920.0
SA5.87.0
WA33.910.8
TAS1.52.0
NT1.41.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMaintenance PlannersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.1-9.39.3
25-3417.9-22.922.9
35-4430.0-22.022.0
45-5431.8-21.621.6
55-5912.2-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationMaintenance PlannersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV56.9-21.121.1
Year 125.1-18.118.1
Year 111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.1-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate IV in maintenance engineering to work as a Maintenance Planner. It is also common for Maintenance Planners to complete a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    74% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    63% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    62% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Production and Processing

    62% Skill level

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

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  1. Telephone

    99% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    96% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Contact With Others

    96% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    95% Important

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