Other Metal Fitters and Machinists includes jobs like Printing Engineer.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Tasks

    • Studies drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations and machine settings.
    • Fits fabricated metal parts into products and assembles metal parts and sub-assemblies to produce machines and equipment.
    • Checks fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments.
    • Sets guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, sets up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and sets controls for textile machines.
    • Forms metal stock and castings to fine tolerance using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal.
    • Cuts, threads, bends and installs hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
    • Diagnoses faults and performs operational maintenance of machines, and overhauls and repairs mechanical parts and fluid power equipment.
    • May erect machines and equipment on-site.

    All Metal Fitters and Machinists

    • $2,062 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Other Metal Fitters and Machinists

    • 2,700 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Metal Fitters and Machinists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 5,000 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Other Metal Fitters and Machinists work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and South Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Other Services; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% 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)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing25.1
    Other Services24.9
    Wholesale Trade21.3
    Manufacturing10.6
    Other Industries18.1

    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 Metal Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.831.6
    VIC23.525.6
    QLD17.620.0
    SA13.67.0
    WA17.610.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT0.31.9

    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 Metal Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.9-5.05.0
    20-2411.9-9.39.3
    25-3423.7-22.922.9
    35-4419.7-22.022.0
    45-5418.9-21.621.6
    55-598.6-9.09.0
    60-645.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Metal Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV72.7-21.121.1
    Year 127.4-18.118.1
    Year 114.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below8.6-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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    Employers look for Metal Fitters and Machinists who are reliable, flexible, adaptable and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and construction

      67% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      63% Skill level

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

    3. Technical design

      60% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      60% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Engineering and technology

      49% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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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, 51-2041.00 - Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters.

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      97% Important

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

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Freedom to make decisions

      91% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      90% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    5. Unstructured work

      89% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

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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, 51-2041.00 - Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters.

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