Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators operate machines to convert raw hides and skins into finished leather for use in clothing, footwear and upholstery.

Also known as: Leather Production Machine Operator.

Specialisations: Fellmongering Machine Operator, Hide and Skin Fleshing Machine Operator, Sammying Machine Operator, Tanner.

You can work as a Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also 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.
  • Loads drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions.
  • 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

Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators

  • 190 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 900 in 2011 to 190 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
Manufacturing83.1
Other Services6.3
Wholesale Trade3.8
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.1
Other Industries3.7

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.
StateHide and Skin Processing Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC25.325.6
QLD31.320.0
SA7.77.0
WA4.410.8
TAS2.22.0
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 BracketHide and Skin Processing Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-2410.8-9.39.3
25-3417.4-22.922.9
35-4422.6-22.022.0
45-5427.2-21.621.6
55-5912.3-9.09.0
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationHide and Skin Processing Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.7-21.121.1
Year 1223.8-18.118.1
Year 117.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below34.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also 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.

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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. Production and Processing

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Education and Training

    44% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    41% 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, 51-6061.00 - Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    87% Important

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

  3. Contact With Others

    82% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Spend Time Walking and Running

    81% Important

    How much time do you spend walking and running?

  5. Spend Time Standing

    80% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

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, 51-6061.00 - Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders.

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