Blacksmiths shape bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

Specialisations: Hammer Smith, Spring Maker, Tool Smith.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Blacksmith.

Tasks

  • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
  • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
  • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
  • Prepares electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming and planting solution to the objects to be coated.
  • Sets and adjusts controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects.
  • Prepares horses hooves for shoeing, nails horseshoes to hooves and trims hooves.
  • Cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns.
  • Fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applies refractory paint and positions cores in moulds.
  • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Blacksmiths

  • 250 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Blacksmiths (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 340 in 2011 to 250 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Blacksmiths work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62%).
  • Gender: 2% 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)
Manufacturing86.4
Construction5.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.7
Other Industries2.7

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.
StateBlacksmithsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC25.725.6
QLD23.220.0
SA8.97.0
WA9.310.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.71.9

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 BracketBlacksmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.0-5.05.0
20-243.0-9.39.3
25-3414.0-22.922.9
35-4417.9-22.022.0
45-5428.9-21.621.6
55-5912.8-9.09.0
60-6411.5-6.06.0
65 and Over8.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationBlacksmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV55.0-21.121.1
Year 129.6-18.118.1
Year 113.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below23.4-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Blacksmith.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    63% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    62% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Education and Training

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and Management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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Demands

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

  1. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Time Pressure

    89% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    89% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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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, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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