Summary of occupation
Clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operators control the machines and other equipment used to make a range of clay, concrete, glass and other mineral products. A wide range of machinery and equipment is used in this field, which varies depending on the specific product being manufactured. Machine operators may be responsible for activities such as crushing, batching, mixing, moulding, kiln operation and/or packing. These workers prepare raw ingredients and set up machinery at the start of the process. During operation they check gauges and computer displays to monitor the process. They may also play a role in quality control, checking and testing finished products to ensure they meet manufacturing specifications, as well as discarding damaged or faulty products.
Clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operators control the machines and other equipment used to make a range of clay, concrete, glass and other mineral products.
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A clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operator needs:
- to enjoy working with machinery
- the ability to concentrate for long periods
- to be responsible and safety conscious
- the ability to work as part of a team
- the ability to follow instructions and production schedules.
Clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operators work in factories, workshops and other manufacturing plants. These environments are often dusty and noisy, and can be hot or damp. Heavy lifting may be required, though in most cases equipment such as forklifts and trolleys are used. Hours of work may vary, depending on the place of employment and type of product being manufactured. Some factories operate seven days a week, requiring machine operators to do shift work, as well as working nights and weekends.
On average, clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operators can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operator develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
The equipment used by clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operators can vary, depending on the specific product being manufactured. Machinery may be used to crush and mix raw materials, to shape or mould products, to fire, bake, glaze and/or decorate products, and to package finished products. These workers may also use lifting and carrying equipment, such as forklifts and trolleys. They may also need to wear safety gear including earmuffs, safety glasses, hardhats, dust masks, overalls and steel-capped boots.
You can work as a clay, concrete, glass or stone machine operator without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
There are a range of process manufacturing traineeships available that you can complete depending on the industry sector you wish to work in. Contact the registered training organisation you are interested in studying with for more information on the apprenticeships available.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.