Other Building and Engineering Technicians includes occupations such as Maintenance Planners, Metallurgical or Materials Technicians, and Mine Deputies.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Around two in three workers have at least a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • develops maintenance planning strategies, and schedules, coordinates and monitors the maintenance of all plant equipment
  • tests materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of metallurgists and materials engineers
  • oversees the safety of mining operations and supervises miners

Job Titles

  • Maintenance or Shutdown Planner
  • Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • Mine Deputy
  • Other Building and Engineering Technicians
  • Maintenance or Shutdown Planner (also called Maintenance Scheduler or Shutdown Coordinator)

    Develops maintenance planning strategies, and schedules, coordinates and monitors the maintenance of all plant equipment.

  • Metallurgical or Materials Technician

    Tests materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of Metallurgists and Materials Engineers. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Dye Penetrant Testing Technician, Heat Treatment Technician, Magnetic Testing Technician, Metallurgy Laboratory Technician, Non-destructive Testing Technician, Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician, Pressure Testing Technician, Ultrasound Technician

  • Mine Deputy

    Oversees the safety of mining operations and supervises Miners. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Mining Technician, Open Cut Examiner

  • Other Building and Engineering Technicians

    Includes Aircraft Detail Draftsperson, Aircraft Systems Technician (Air Force), Airframe Technical Officer, Avionics Systems Technician (Air Force), Biomedical Technician, Corrosion Technician, Mining Detail Draftsperson, Shipbuilding Draftsperson

Fast Facts

  • $2,001 Weekly Pay
  • 21,100 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 94.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.6 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 9.7% female Gender Share

The number of Other Building and Engineering Technicians fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 21,100 in 2018 to 21,700 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 average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Building and Engineering Technicians work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $2,001 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94.4%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (50.6%).
  • Gender: 9.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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
200821200
200920300
201018200
201120600
201226500
201326200
201424400
201526200
201625300
201723400
201821100
202321700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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 Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings20011230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining44.5
Manufacturing16.8
Construction7.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.9
Other Industries24.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW16.831.6
VIC13.626.2
QLD24.519.7
SA5.86.7
WA35.410.8
TAS1.92.0
NT1.21.1
ACT0.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.25.2
20-243.2-9.99.9
25-3422.8-23.623.6
35-4423.0-21.721.7
45-5430.2-20.820.8
55-5911.3-8.88.8
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Building and Engineering TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma25.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV41.6-18.918.9
Year 125.9-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1022.6-17.717.7
Below Year 104.5-8.18.1

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.
Around two in three workers have at least a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Metal and Engineering and Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Employers look for Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    92% Important

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

  2. Design

    81% Important

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

  3. Mathematics

    76% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Law and Government

    73% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Production and Processing

    73% Important

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

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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.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    87% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Estimating Products, Events, or Information

    85% Important

    Working out sizes, distances, and amounts; or time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    84% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers.

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