Metal Engineering Process Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing metal products.

Specialisations: Boilermaker's Assistant, Fitter's Assistant, Metal Forger's Assistant, Metal Moulder's Assistant.

You can work as a Metal Engineering Process Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • positioning and holding tools and metal products
  • performing assembly and dismantling operations such as screwing and bolting
  • operating power hammers, presses and other metal cutting and shaping tools and machines
  • soldering and spot welding components using electrical spot and butt welding machines
  • transporting tools, materials and work pieces to and from sites and workbenches
  • cleaning and preparing working surfaces

All Metal Engineering Process Workers

  • $976 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
  • 12,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Metal Engineering Process Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 12,300 in 2018 to 10,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
  • Location: Metal Engineering Process Workers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $976 per week (lower 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 (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 6% 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
200815900
200917200
201013800
201115500
201214800
201313700
201415300
20158600
201610500
20178800
201812300
202310500

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.
EarningsMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9761460

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)
Manufacturing69.0
Construction12.8
Wholesale Trade3.9
Other Services2.4
Other Industries11.9

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.
StateMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.6
VIC27.325.6
QLD19.220.0
SA9.37.0
WA12.110.8
TAS2.12.0
NT1.11.0
ACT0.61.9

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 BracketMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.7-5.05.0
20-2411.6-9.39.3
25-3419.6-22.922.9
35-4420.0-22.022.0
45-5422.9-21.621.6
55-5910.5-9.09.0
60-646.7-6.06.0
65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationMetal Engineering Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.6-21.121.1
Year 1222.7-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Metal Engineering Process Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • drug and alcohol test

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 Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Metal Engineering Process Workers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and can interact with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and Management

    34% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  2. Production and Processing

    33% Skill level

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

  3. Public Safety and Security

    25% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    23% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    21% Skill level

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

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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, 51-4052.00 - Pourers and Casters, Metal.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Exposed to Contaminants

    98% Important

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

  3. 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?

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    96% Important

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

  5. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    92% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

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, 51-4052.00 - Pourers and Casters, Metal.

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