How to become a Machine Operator (Non-metal Products)

Machine operators in non-metallic mineral product industries operate plant machinery and equipment to produce ceramic, clay, glass and concrete products such as bricks, tiles, pottery, cement, lime, paving blocks and glassware.

Personal requirements of a Machine Operator (Non-metal Products)

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Aptitude for problem-solving
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Safety-conscious

Education & Training for a Machine Operator (Non-metal Products)

You can work as a machine operator without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a machine operator through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 15.6%

NT 0%

QLD 23.3%

SA 11.7%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 28.8%

WA 19.3%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 100%

Female 0%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 100%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

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

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 14.8%

Above 35 years: 85.2%

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

Additional Information
Depending on the tasks performed, machine operators may be required to obtain a licence to Perform High Risk Work. Licences to Perform High Risk Work 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.
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