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323 Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

323 Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers

Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers machine and prepare aircraft systems, metal parts, subassemblies and precision instruments. Motor Mechanics are excluded from this minor group.

Motor Mechanics are included in Unit Group 3212 Motor Mechanics.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machine tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
  • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for fit
  • fitting parts into machines using hand tools
  • dismantling, repairing and replacing defective parts, and testing and reassembling aircraft components and systems and precision instruments
  • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision implements, locks, timepieces and firearms
  • testing circuits in electronic timepieces and manufactured articles
  • making and repairing tools, equipment and engineering patterns
Unit Group

3231 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • dismantling, inspecting, testing, repairing and reassembling aircraft engines, ancillary motors and engine accessories, electrical systems, and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • installing electrical circuits and equipment
  • testing aircraft communication equipment, aircraft instrumentation and electronic systems using electronic testing equipment and specialised test apparatus
  • replacing and testing aircraft oxygen system components
  • assembling parts and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • conducting routine pre-flight inspections of engines, aircraft frames and mechanical systems
  • maintaining records of action taken
  • may manufacture aircraft electrical, instrument and radio hardware components

Occupations:

  • 323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • 323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • 323113 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

Inspects, tests, aligns, repairs and installs aircraft electrical and avionic system components. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Electrical)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Radio)
  • Avionics Technician (Defence)
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Electrical)
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments)
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Radio)

323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Inspects, tests, repairs and installs aircraft hydromechanical and flight system components and aircraft engines, subassemblies and components. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Airframes)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Engines)
  • Aircraft Technician (Air Force, Army)
  • Aviation Technician Aircraft (Navy)
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Airframes)
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Engines)

323113 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

Inspects, dismantles and reassembles aircraft structures, and repairs and replaces components of aircraft frames. Works with both metal and carbon fibre composite materials. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Aircraft Structural Fitter (Air Force, Army)
Unit Group

3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists

Metal Fitters and Machinists fit and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings
  • fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment
  • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments
  • setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines
  • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal
  • cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines
  • preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric
  • diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment
  • may erect machines and equipment on-site

Occupations:

  • 323211 Fitter (General)
  • 323212 Fitter and Turner
  • 323213 Fitter-Welder
  • 323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)
  • 323215 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
  • 323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec

323211 Fitter (General)

Fits and assembles metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Computer Numeric Control Setter
  • Diesel Fitter-Mechanic
  • Fitter-Machinist
  • Fitter-Mechanic
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Mechanic (Diesel and Heavy Earthmoving Equipment)
  • Plant Mechanic

323212 Fitter and Turner

Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Fitter Armament (Army)

323213 Fitter-Welder

Fits, assembles and welds metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

Skill Level: 3

323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

Sets up and operates machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Aircraft Machinist
  • Automotive Machinist
  • Metal Machine Setter
  • Metal Turner
  • Milling Machinist
  • Vertical Borer

323215 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic

Sets up, adjusts and maintains industrial or domestic sewing machines, or machines used in the production of yarn, textiles or footwear.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Loom Tuner
  • Sewing Machine Mechanic
  • Textile Machine Mechanic

323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec

This occupation group covers Metal Fitters and Machinists not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 3

Occupations in this group include:

  • Printing Engineer
Unit Group

3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers

Precision Metal Trades Workers fabricate, assemble, maintain and repair metal precision instruments.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
  • dismantling precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines
  • inscribing letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items
  • installing security systems, changing tumblers in locks, changing locks, cutting keys and opening locks by manipulation
  • calibrating precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights
  • making blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairing, setting and sharpening blades for hand and power saws
  • testing circuits in electronic timepieces
  • may estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs

Occupations:

  • 323311 Engraver
  • 323312 Gunsmith
  • 323313 Locksmith
  • 323314 Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer
  • 323315 Saw Doctor
  • 323316 Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer

323311 Engraver

Inscribes letters, figures and designs on metal, glass, wood, rubber, plastic and other surfaces.

Skill Level: 3

323312 Gunsmith

Modifies, services and repairs rifles, revolvers and other firearms. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 3

323313 Locksmith

Installs and maintains locks and related security devices and systems. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Safemaker

323314 Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer

Assembles, calibrates, installs and overhauls mechanical precision instruments and equipment.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Camera Repairer
  • Scalemaker
  • Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer

323315 Saw Doctor

Repairs, sets and sharpens blades for circular, band and other saws.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Saw Sharpener

323316 Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer

Makes, repairs, cleans and adjusts watches and clocks.

Skill Level: 3

Unit Group

3234 Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery, and construct full-size engineering, visual and experimental models and models for the manufacture of prototype developmental products.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studying drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed
  • measuring and marking out metal stock and castings using various gauges
  • shaping metal and wood stock using machine tools
  • checking accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
  • testing and modifying manufactured articles
  • applying protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly
  • assembling pattern sections and shaping work pieces to specified finish
  • pouring and spreading materials into moulds and over models of patterns, and building laminations of fibreglass cloth and plastic resin to fabricate patterns
  • repairing broken and damaged patterns and correcting patterns to compensate for defects in casting
  • constructing templates for layout and inspection

Occupations:

  • 323411 Engineering Patternmaker
  • 323412 Toolmaker

323411 Engineering Patternmaker

Constructs full-size engineering models usually made out of timber, which are used in manufacturing to produce metal castings, copy models, vacuum form tooling and tooling for the automotive, aircraft or fibreglass industries.

Skill Level: 3

323412 Toolmaker

Makes and repairs tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Die Caster
  • Die Sinker
  • Jigmaker (Metal)
  • Plastic Mould Maker
  • Press-tool Maker