Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture rubber products, such as tyres.

Specialisations: Rubber Belt Splicer, Rubber Compounder, Rubber Extrusion Machine Operator, Rubber Knitting and Reinforcing Machine Operator, Rubber Moulding Machine Operator, Rubber Roller Grinder Operator, Tyre Builder, Tyre Retreader.

You can work as a Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Operates controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation.
  • Measures and loads materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms.
  • Monitors operation, regulates material supply and adds chemicals and colorants to mixture.
  • Lays casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds.
  • Operates rollers to remove air.
  • Operates vulcaniser presses and controls curing.
  • Examines output for defects and conformity to specifications.
  • Performs minor repairs and maintains production records.

All Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

  • $1,294 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Rubber Production Machine Operators

  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Rubber Production Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Rubber Production Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% 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)
Manufacturing40.0
Mining27.5
Other Services12.0
Wholesale Trade10.2
Other Industries10.3

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.
StateRubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC19.525.6
QLD20.320.0
SA5.37.0
WA26.810.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.81.0
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 BracketRubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-247.4-9.39.3
25-3428.6-22.922.9
35-4425.5-22.022.0
45-5420.9-21.621.6
55-597.6-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationRubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV35.8-21.121.1
Year 1220.5-18.118.1
Year 118.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). Traineeships may be available.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working at heights ticket
  • working in confined spaces ticket
  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • drug and alcohol test
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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 Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    51% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and Management

    47% Skill level

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

  4. Education and Training

    44% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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

  1. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    99% Important

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

  2. Spend Time Standing

    99% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

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

    98% Important

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

  4. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    97% Important

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

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