Sand Blasters operate sandblasting machines to clean and grind metal products and other hard surfaces.

    You can work as a Sand Blaster without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surface preparation and coating application might be helpful.

    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.
    • Examines finished products for defects and variations.

    All Other Machine Operators

    • $1,387 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Sand Blasters

    • 600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sand Blasters (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 800 in 2011 to 600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Sand Blasters work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% 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)
    Construction59.9
    Manufacturing23.6
    Administrative and Support Services4.8
    Other Services4.4
    Other Industries7.3

    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.
    StateSand BlastersAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.231.6
    VIC20.525.6
    QLD27.820.0
    SA7.87.0
    WA17.210.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT0.71.9

    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 BracketSand BlastersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.3-5.05.0
    20-2411.8-9.39.3
    25-3424.5-22.922.9
    35-4423.1-22.022.0
    45-5424.5-21.621.6
    55-598.3-9.09.0
    60-643.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationSand BlastersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV31.1-21.121.1
    Year 1217.2-18.118.1
    Year 119.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below41.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Sand Blaster without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surface preparation and coating application might be helpful.

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Other 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. Mechanical

      68% Skill level

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

    2. Production and Processing

      60% Skill level

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

    3. Public Safety and Security

      42% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      41% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Education and Training

      40% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      99% Important

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

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      94% Important

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

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      90% Important

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

    5. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      89% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

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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, 51-9021.00 - Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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