Manufacturing & Production

Machine Operator (Non-Metal Products)

Machine operators in non-metals industries operate plant machinery and equipment to make products from ceramics, clay, glass and concrete.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Machine Operator (Non-Metal Products) do?

Machine operators in non-metals industries operate plant machinery and equipment to make products from ceramics, clay, glass and concrete, such as bricks, tiles, pottery, cement, lime, paving blocks and glassware.

MORE

Work activities

As a machine operator (non-metal products), you would:

  • construct machines and set them up according to technical specifications
  • operate machines to combine and process ingredients or finish products
  • weigh, measure and mix ingredients
  • insert raw materials into machines
  • clean plant areas
  • clean and lubricate equipment
  • operate machines to combine and process ingredients or finish products
  • monitor machine operations and adjust pressure, temperature, tension and other controls to ensure products match specifications
  • collect samples of finished products for quality analysis.
MORE

Key skills and interests

To become a machine operator (non-metal products), you would need:

  • to enjoy practical and manual tasks
  • good concentration
  • be logical and methodical
  • good technical skills
  • a high level of communication
  • an understanding of health & safety
  • problem-solving skills.
MORE

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a machine operator (non-metal products), you would work a standard number of hours per week, which may include shift work.

Conditions

Machine operators are employed mainly in factories, or in outdoor work yards. Conditions may be noisy and hot. Although the work is not inherently dangerous, hazards exist and workers must adhere to safety standards. Appropriate safety and protective clothing and equipment would be worn.

MORE

How to become an Machine Operator (Non-Metal Products)?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a machine operator without formal qualifications. You would have on-the-job training over several months to learn basic machine operations. At least one year's experience is required to become highly skilled. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.

You can also become a machine operator through a traineeship in Manufactured Mineral Products or Process Manufacturing. Employers would usually require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Depending on the tasks performed, machine operators may be required to obtain a licence to Perform High Risk Work. Licences are issued under the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work. You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to obtain a Perform High Risk Work Licence. However, training may commence at a younger age.

MORE

Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of machine operators is projected to decline over the next 3-5 years.

Employment will decline due to advances in technology, the closure of local manufacturing across a broad range of industries, and changing demand for the goods these workers produce.

MORE
Devices

CareerHQ Compass

Discover the path to your future

How can CareerHQ Compass help you?