How to become a Heat Treater

Heat treaters control furnaces and cooling equipment to change the physical properties of metals and metal objects, making them hard, tough, resilient or suitable for machining.

Personal requirements of a Heat Treater

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy working with mechanical equipment
  • aptitude for working with computers.
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Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.3%

NSW 24.2%

NT 0.8%

QLD 18.9%

SA 7.1%

TAS 6.2%

VIC 23.2%

WA 19.4%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 96.4%

Female 3.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 16.4%

Not completed Year 12: 13.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 20.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 23%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 28.2%

Above 35 years: 70.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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