Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments.

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Precision Metal Trades Worker. Precision Metal Trades Workers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
    • dismantling precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines
    • inscribing letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items
    • installing security systems, changing tumblers in locks, changing locks, cutting keys and opening locks by manipulation
    • calibrating precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights
    • making blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairing, setting and sharpening blades for hand and power saws
    • testing circuits in electronic timepieces
    • may estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs

    More about Precision Metal Trades Workers

    All Precision Metal Trades Workers

    All Precision Metal Trades Workers

    • $1,149 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 6,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Precision Metal Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 6,100 in 2018 to 5,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Precision Metal Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,149 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 (84%, much 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 7% 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
    20086900
    20099500
    20106600
    20119200
    20125700
    20136800
    20145700
    20159600
    20166900
    20177000
    20186100
    20235700

    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.
    EarningsPrecision Metal Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11491460

    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)
    Other Services31.6
    Public Administration and Safety24.6
    Manufacturing13.2
    Retail Trade6.7
    Other Industries23.9

    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.
    StatePrecision Metal Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.631.6
    VIC25.025.6
    QLD18.920.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT1.01.9

    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 BracketPrecision Metal Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.7-5.05.0
    20-248.2-9.39.3
    25-3421.1-22.922.9
    35-4421.0-22.022.0
    45-5422.0-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-647.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPrecision Metal Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV59.5-21.121.1
    Year 1211.5-18.118.1
    Year 113.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below8.4-12.512.5

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Precision Metal Trades Worker. Precision Metal Trades Workers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      66% Skill level

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

    2. Computers and Electronics

      61% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      59% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      52% Skill level

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

    5. English Language

      49% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    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. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      95% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    2. Being Exact or Accurate

      93% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      88% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      88% Important

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

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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, 49-9061.00 - Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers.

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