Other Stationary Plant Operators includes a range of occupations such as Boiler or Engine Operators, Bulk Materials Handling Plant Operators, Cement Production Plant Operators, Concrete Batching Plant Operators, Concrete Pump Operators, Paper and Pulp Mill Operators, Railway Signal Operators, Train Controllers, Waste Water or Water Plant Operators and Weighbridge Operators.

    You can work as an Other Stationary Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • operates and maintains stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plant
    • operates plant to load, unload, move, store and stack bulk materials such as grain, sugar and mineral ore
    • operates mixing plant to produce batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients
    • operates plant to pump, cast and mould concrete registration or licensing is required
    • operates plant to produce paper pulp from woodchips and to make paper sheets
    • controls the movement of trains, and assembles and disassembles trains within a marshalling yard
    • oversees the safe movement of trains using a computerised train control signalling system
    • operates plant to store, distribute and treat water including purifying water for human consumption and removing wastes from sewage
    • operates weighing plant and issues measurement tickets which provide readings of vehicle and livestock weight

    All Other Stationary Plant Operators

    • $1,886 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 22,800 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Stationary Plant Operators (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 22,800 in 2018 to 23,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 16,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Stationary Plant Operators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Mining; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,886 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200817100
    200918400
    201020000
    201118400
    201221200
    201321300
    201418800
    201521900
    201625300
    201725200
    201822800
    202323900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsOther Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings18861460

    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)
    Mining18.9
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services17.9
    Manufacturing16.6
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing15.6
    Other Industries31.0

    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.
    StateOther Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.431.6
    VIC18.125.6
    QLD24.120.0
    SA7.27.0
    WA18.410.8
    TAS3.42.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT0.41.9

    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 BracketOther Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-245.7-9.39.3
    25-3420.5-22.922.9
    35-4423.1-22.022.0
    45-5427.3-21.621.6
    55-5912.3-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    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 QualificationOther Stationary Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV38.8-21.121.1
    Year 1216.7-18.118.1
    Year 117.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.8-12.512.5

    You can work as an Other Stationary Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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    Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      65% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      48% Skill level

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

    3. Production and Processing

      46% Skill level

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

    4. Engineering and Technology

      43% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Mathematics

      43% 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. Exposed to Contaminants

      99% Important

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

    2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      98% Important

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

    3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      93% Important

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

    4. Exposed to Hazardous Conditions

      91% Important

      How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?

    5. Contact With Others

      91% Important

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

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