Other Factory Process Workers includes a number of occupations such as Cement and Concrete Plant Workers, Chemical Plant Workers, Clay Processing Factory Workers, Fabric and Textile Factory Workers, Footwear Factory Workers, Glass Processing Workers, Hide and Skin Processing Workers and Recycling Workers.

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

    Tasks

    • performs routine tasks in manufacturing cement and concrete products such as greasing and assembling concrete moulds, holding reinforcing steel in position during concrete pours, stripping moulds from dried concrete products, and finishing products
    • performs routine tasks in a chemical processing plant such as delivering materials to processing areas, dumping ingredients into hoppers, operating machines to heat, cool and agitate chemical solutions, filling and fastening covers on containers, and attaching labels and information on products
    • performs routine tasks in manufacturing clay and ceramic products such as loading clay into machines, stacking products on kiln cars, pallets and trolleys, and moving kiln cars and trolleys to and from kilns, dryers, sorting, storage and shipping areas
    • performs routine tasks in a fabric and textile factory such as cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics, delivering materials to machines, operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments
    • performs routine tasks in manufacturing footwear such as basic hand cutting of shoe components, delivering materials to machines, and inspecting and finishing completed footwear
    • performs routine tasks in manufacturing glassware such as setting up, adjusting and repairing automatic machines and equipment, and checking weight of glassware
    • performs routine tasks in tanning and finishing leather, hides and skins such as fleshing hides by cutting out pieces of flesh and fat, laying out hides and skins for classing and drying and arranging heaters to dry them, spraying dried hides with preservatives, and treating, pressing and securing hides and skins

    All Other Factory Process Workers

    • $945 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 10,600 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Factory Process Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 10,600 in 2018 to 10,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Factory Process Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $945 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 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: 23% 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
    200811400
    200910900
    20107900
    201113200
    20128100
    20139400
    201410000
    20157900
    201610500
    20179000
    201810600
    202310400

    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 Factory Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9451460

    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)
    Manufacturing46.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance12.2
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services11.5
    Wholesale Trade7.4
    Other Industries22.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: 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 Factory Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.231.6
    VIC31.125.6
    QLD18.020.0
    SA9.97.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOther Factory Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.3-5.05.0
    20-2411.4-9.39.3
    25-3421.7-22.922.9
    35-4420.0-22.022.0
    45-5424.1-21.621.6
    55-5910.0-9.09.0
    60-646.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 Factory Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.6-21.121.1
    Year 1228.1-18.118.1
    Year 118.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below38.6-12.512.5

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

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • forklift licence
    • driver's licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence

    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 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 Factory Process Workers who are reliable, can work independently and are hardworking.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      39% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      38% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      36% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. English Language

      35% Skill level

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

    5. Education and Training

      31% 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. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      92% Important

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

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      86% Important

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

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      83% Important

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

    5. Time Pressure

      82% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

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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, 51-9198.00 - Helpers--Production Workers.

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