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.
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 in Manufactured Mineral Products or Process Manufacturing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Machine operators (non-metal products) may perform the following tasks:
Machine operators may work in areas that are hot and noisy. They have to wear protective clothing and may have to work shifts.
Machine operators are employed by manufacturers of bricks, ceramic tiles, cement and concrete products, pottery and terracotta roof tiles. Employment can also be found with foundries and glass or metal manufacturers. Promotion to team leader is possible for experienced operators.
A clay, concrete and stone machine operator uses machines to manufacture bricks, tiles, pipes, building blocks, railway sleepers, structural beams, facing stones, porcelain, pottery ware, cement, concrete and cast products.
A glass production worker operates and controls machines to make molten glass, and presses or blows it into moulds to form or shape glassware products, such as bottles, jars and drinking glasses. They may also make insulation and fibreglass products.
A kiln operator - ceramics uses kilns or ovens to fire ceramics. They control the temperature, heating times and ventilation in the kilns and may also carry out inspections of the equipment to maintain performance.