Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture ready-to-wear footwear.

Specialisations: Shoemaking Cutter, Shoemaking Finisher.

You can work as a Footwear Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Prepares machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions.
  • Sets and operates controls used to regulate processing operations.
  • Starts machines and monitors operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation.
  • Cuts and machines leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and makes shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques.
  • Examines finished products for defects and variations, reports faults in machines, and carries out quality control procedures.

All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Footwear Production Machine Operators

  • 220 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 66% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Footwear Production Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 240 in 2011 to 220 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Footwear Production Machine Operators work in South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (73%).
  • Gender: 66% 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)
Manufacturing85.1
Retail Trade5.1
Mining2.3
Construction2.3
Other Industries5.2

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.
StateFootwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW34.531.6
VIC30.025.6
QLD10.020.0
SA22.77.0
WA2.710.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.0
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 BracketFootwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.4-9.39.3
25-349.0-22.922.9
35-4416.7-22.022.0
45-5441.9-21.621.6
55-5914.3-9.09.0
60-6413.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationFootwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.5-21.121.1
Year 1230.8-18.118.1
Year 119.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below41.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Footwear Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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 Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    56% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    38% Skill level

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    35% Skill level

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

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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, 51-6042.00 - Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

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

    96% Important

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

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    85% Important

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

  4. Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body

    84% Important

    How much time do you spend bending or twisting your body?

  5. Repeating Same Tasks

    81% Important

    How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

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, 51-6042.00 - Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders.

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