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721 Mobile Plant Operators

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

721 Mobile Plant Operators

Mobile Plant Operators operate mobile plant to clear and cultivate land, sow and harvest crops, fell trees, move and excavate rock and soil, move pallets and containers, and lay roads and railway tracks.

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 II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year 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:

  • driving plant to worksite
  • driving and manoeuvring plant on site
  • selecting and fitting attachments to plant
  • manipulating controls to operate attachments mechanically, hydraulically and electrically, and to move materials
  • monitoring operation of plant directly and by referring to instruments
  • monitoring condition of plant, performing minor repairs and reporting mechanical faults
Unit Group

7211 Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators

Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators operate agricultural, forestry and horticultural plant to clear and cultivate land, sow and harvest crops, and fell trees and move logs.

Indicative Skill Level:

The occupation Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator in this unit group has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

The occupation Logging Plant Operator in this unit group has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

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:

  • preparing and positioning plant for operation
  • operating tractor-drawn and self-propelled plant to plough land and sow, fertilise, cultivate and harvest crops, and avoid damaging crops
  • calibrating and monitoring plant performance, including adjusting speed, height and depth of implements as well as distribution or collection rates as needed 

  • operating plant to hold, lift and cut trees
  • operating attachments to lift, swing, release and sort trees and logs, and operating auxiliary plant such as chipping machines and log splitting machines
  • feeding felled trees into processors to strip limbs and cut into logs and loading logs onto stockpiles and into trucks
  • keeping production and work records and writing work reports 
  • servicing plant and performing minor repairs

Occupations:

  • 721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  • 721112 Logging Plant Operator

721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator

Operates agricultural and horticultural plant to clear and cultivate land, and sow, fertilise, spray and harvest crops. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Cotton Picking Machine Operator
  • Harvester Operator
  • Tractor Operator 

721112 Logging Plant Operator

Operates plant to fell trees and drag, transport and load logs onto trucks for forestry conservation and production purposes. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Forwarder Operator
  • Skidder Operator
  • Tree Feller Operator
Unit Group

7212 Earthmoving Plant Operators

Earthmoving Plant Operators operate plant to excavate earth, ore and rock, break up pavement, road, rock and obstructions, move and load earth, rock and debris, and level, smooth and compact surfaces in construction and other projects.

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 II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year 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 is required.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing and positioning plant for operation
  • selecting, fitting and removing attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operating controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitoring operation of plant and adjusting controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensuring safety of other workers
  • raising, lowering and manipulating attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • working from drawings, markers and verbal instructions
  • servicing, lubricating, cleaning and refuelling plant and performing minor adjustments and repairs

Occupations:

  • 721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
  • 721212 Backhoe Operator
  • 721213 Bulldozer Operator
  • 721214 Excavator Operator
  • 721215 Grader Operator
  • 721216 Loader Operator

721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

Alternative Title:

  • Construction Plant Operator (General)

Operates a range of earthmoving plant to assist with building roads, rail, water supply, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

721212 Backhoe Operator

Operates a backhoe and attachments to excavate, break, drill, level and compact earth, rock and other material. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

721213 Bulldozer Operator

Operates a bulldozer using blades and other attachments to gouge out, level and move materials in construction, forestry, mining and other projects. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisation:

  • Scraper Operator (Earthmoving)

721214 Excavator Operator

Operates heavy excavation plant to excavate, move and load earth, rock and rubble. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Hydraulic Rockbreaker Operator
  • Trench Digging Machine Operator

721215 Grader Operator

Operates a grader to spread and level materials in construction projects. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

721216 Loader Operator

Operates a motorised loader to move and load soil, rock and other material. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Bobcat Operator
  • Front-end Loader Operator
Unit Group

7213 Forklift Drivers

Forklift Drivers operate forklifts to move bulk materials, containers, crates, palletised goods, cartons and bales.

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 II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year 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:

  • operating controls to align forklifts and raise and lower forks to stack and unstack items in warehouses, factories, timber yards and shipping terminals
  • operating forklifts which run on rails or use electronic guidance systems to control movements in narrow aisles
  • transporting goods to designated areas in warehouses, factories, timber yards and shipping terminals
  • ensuring goods are stored in correct areas so that they can be easily located when orders are made up
  • monitoring equipment operation visually through gauges and instruments and through computerised monitoring equipment
  • inspecting and controlling equipment to identify wear and damage
  • servicing and performing minor repairs and adjustments to forklifts
  • may operate specialised trucks to carry items beneath elevated frames

Occupation:

  • 721311 Forklift Driver

721311 Forklift Driver

Alternative Titles:

  • Forklift Operator
  • Fork Truck Operator

Operates a forklift to move bulk materials, containers, crates, palletised goods, cartons and bales. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisation:

  • Reach Truck Operator
Unit Group

7219 Other Mobile Plant Operators

This unit group covers Mobile Plant Operators not elsewhere classified. It includes Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crew, Linemarkers, Paving Plant Operators, Railway Track Plant Operators, Road Roller Operators and Streetsweeper Operators.

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 II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

The occupation Paving Plant Operator in this unit group has a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

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.

Occupations:

  • 721911 Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew
  • 721912 Linemarker
  • 721913 Paving Plant Operator
  • 721914 Railway Track Plant Operator
  • 721915 Road Roller Operator
  • 721916 Streetsweeper Operator
  • 721999 Mobile Plant Operators nec

721911 Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew

Loads and unloads baggage, directs planes, positions staircases, fills aircraft fuel tanks and performs other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisation:

  • Ramp Agent

721912 Linemarker

Operates plant to apply markings to roads and other surfaces such as car parks, airports and sportsgrounds. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisation:

  • Road Marker

721913 Paving Plant Operator

Operates plant to spread and level hot bituminous paving materials and lay concrete on areas such as highways, roads and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

721914 Railway Track Plant Operator

Operates plant to lay, align, repair and maintain railway tracks. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

721915 Road Roller Operator

Operates a power-driven roller to prepare surfaces for roads, runways and car parks. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

721916 Streetsweeper Operator

Operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 4

721999 Mobile Plant Operators nec

This occupation group covers Mobile Plant Operators not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Occupations in this group include:

  • Cable Ferry Operator
  • Dredge Operator
  • Mulcher Operator
  • Snow Groomer
  • Straddle Carrier Operator
  • Tunneller