Metal Polishers polish metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

    You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in engineering - fabrication trade might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

    More about Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    • $2,020 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Metal Polishers

    • 410 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Metal Polishers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 500 in 2011 to 410 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Metal Polishers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 4% 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)
    Manufacturing86.8
    Other Services3.6
    Wholesale Trade3.0
    Construction2.2
    Other Industries4.4

    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.
    StateMetal PolishersAll Jobs Average
    NSW19.931.6
    VIC39.025.6
    QLD23.020.0
    SA7.77.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketMetal PolishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.9-5.05.0
    20-246.3-9.39.3
    25-3416.0-22.922.9
    35-4428.9-22.022.0
    45-5423.8-21.621.6
    55-5911.7-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMetal PolishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.0-21.121.1
    Year 1224.5-18.118.1
    Year 1112.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below39.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in engineering - fabrication trade might be helpful.

    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.
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    Employers look for Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      49% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      48% Skill level

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

    3. Administration and management

      46% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      39% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Computers and electronics

      38% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

    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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      99% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      92% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Time pressure

      86% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      83% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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