Laggers apply insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secure insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches.

    You can work as a Lagger without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful.

    Tasks

    • Organises insulating materials to be available for application.
    • Measures cuts and applies insulation.
    • Secures insulation using tools/machinery.

    All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

    • $1,683 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Laggers

    • 690 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 51 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Laggers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 490 in 2011 to 690 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Laggers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Mining; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% 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)
    Construction68.5
    Mining9.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.6
    Manufacturing8.1
    Other Industries5.0

    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.
    StateLaggersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.831.6
    VIC19.025.6
    QLD24.920.0
    SA1.67.0
    WA23.910.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT2.01.0
    ACT1.91.9

    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 BracketLaggersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.3-5.05.0
    20-247.1-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4423.5-22.022.0
    45-5424.9-21.621.6
    55-5911.8-9.09.0
    60-644.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLaggersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.9-21.121.1
    Year 1223.3-18.118.1
    Year 116.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below34.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Lagger without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket

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    Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      57% Skill level

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

    2. Building and Construction

      55% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Mathematics

      51% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Design

      50% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      50% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      98% Important

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

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

      97% Important

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

    3. Exposed to Contaminants

      94% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

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

    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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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2132.00 - Insulation Workers, Mechanical.

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