Metal Fitters and Machinists fit and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Metal Fitter or Machinist.

    Tasks

    • studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings
    • fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment
    • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
    • setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines
    • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
    • cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
    • preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric
    • diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing 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
    • 111,500 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Metal Fitters and Machinists (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 111,500 in 2018 to 113,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 17,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Metal Fitters and Machinists work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Other Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,062 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Metal Fitters and Machinists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Metal Fitters and Machinists.

    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
    2008104100
    200998000
    2010107600
    2011108400
    2012121400
    2013113000
    2014120300
    2015119900
    2016106600
    201795500
    2018111500
    2023113800

    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 Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20621460

    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)
    Manufacturing27.2
    Mining23.2
    Other Services13.9
    Construction8.2
    Other Industries27.5

    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 Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.831.6
    VIC16.325.6
    QLD27.620.0
    SA6.47.0
    WA21.310.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.3-5.05.0
    20-2410.1-9.39.3
    25-3425.3-22.922.9
    35-4422.2-22.022.0
    45-5421.9-21.621.6
    55-599.1-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

    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 Fitters and MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV80.4-21.121.1
    Year 125.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.6-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade is needed to work as a Metal Fitter or Machinist.

    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 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.

    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

      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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