Clay Products Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture clay products, such as bricks, tiles, insulators, porcelain and pottery, by shaping and firing clay.

Specialisations: Brick Extruder Operator, Porcelain Turner, Slip Caster.

You can work as a Clay Products Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

Tasks

  • Monitors the flow of clay and other raw materials and products into machines, and adjusts valves and controls to specifications.
  • Positions clay and stone on machines to be cut and worked.
  • Operates concrete mixing, stacking and splitting machines.
  • Sets up and installs moulds and other machine fixtures.

All Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators

  • $1,063 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Clay Products Machine Operators

  • 630 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Clay Products Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 810 in 2011 to 630 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Clay Products Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 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: 3% 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)
Manufacturing74.5
Construction14.3
Wholesale Trade5.1
Administrative and Support Services1.7
Other Industries4.4

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.
StateClay Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.131.6
VIC23.625.6
QLD12.520.0
SA7.17.0
WA29.110.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.31.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketClay Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.0-5.05.0
20-247.9-9.39.3
25-3422.5-22.922.9
35-4424.3-22.022.0
45-5426.2-21.621.6
55-599.3-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationClay Products Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV22.6-21.121.1
Year 1223.0-18.118.1
Year 118.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below34.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Clay Products Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

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.
  • You might be interested in Manufactured Mineral Products VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Employers look for Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators who are reliable, hardworking and can interact well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Fine Arts

    70% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. Production and Processing

    58% Skill level

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

  3. Chemistry

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

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

  5. Sales and Marketing

    53% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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, 51-9195.05 - Potters, Manufacturing.

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. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

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

  2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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

    94% Important

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

  4. Exposed to Contaminants

    81% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  5. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    81% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

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, 51-9195.05 - Potters, Manufacturing.

go to top