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Minor Group

839 Miscellaneous Factory Process Workers

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

839 Miscellaneous Factory Process Workers

This minor group covers Factory Process Workers not elsewhere classified. It includes Metal Engineering Process Workers, Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers, Product Quality Controllers, and Timber and Wood Process Workers.

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, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In the case of some Skill Level 5 occupations, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification, or no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Unit Group

8391 Metal Engineering Process Workers

Metal Engineering Process Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing metal products.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • positioning and holding tools and metal products
  • performing assembly and dismantling operations such as screwing and bolting
  • operating material-specific tools to perform tasks required for the production of the final product
  • soldering and spot welding components using electrical spot and butt welding machines

Occupation:

  • 839111 Metal Engineering Process Worker

839111 Metal Engineering Process Worker

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing metal products.

Skill Level: 5

Specialisations:

  • Boilermaker's Assistant
  • Fitter's Assistant
  • Metal Forger's Assistant
  • Metal Moulder's Assistant
Unit Group

8392 Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic and rubber products.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

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

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • dumping material into hoppers of machines
  • stopping moulding machines and discharging contents
  • cutting foam products from foam blocks
  • cleaning, smoothing and waxing moulds for making products
  • brushing and spraying release agents onto moulds to assist with the removal of moulded products
  • building up layers of fibreglass and resin on moulds
  • cleaning work areas, tools and equipment
  • may smooth rough edges of moulds using files, grinders and sanders

​​​​​​​Occupations:

  • 839211 Plastics Factory Worker
  • 839212 Rubber Factory Worker

839211 Plastics Factory Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Plastics Process Hand

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing plastic goods.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Cellular Plastics Cutter
  • Fibreglass Lay Up Worker

839212 Rubber Factory Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Rubber Process Hand

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing tyres and other rubber products.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisation:

  • Latex Foam Worker
Unit Group

8393 Product Quality Controllers

Product Quality Controllers examine manufactured products and primary produce to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

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.

Tasks Include:

  • studying product specifications and taking measurements to determine conformity to specifications
  • examining and marking output for visible defects such as cracks, holes and breakages
  • making minor repairs and adjustments to products
  • compiling quality assurance reports, maintaining documentation and reporting findings
  • examining products for defects and grading produce
  • designating grading of produce and recording details of assessments according to classification system
  • collecting and labelling samples for inspection
  • recording details of sampling procedures and sources of samples
  • preparing samples and carrying out prescribed tests

​​​​​​​Occupations:

  • 839311 Product Examiner
  • 839312 Product Grader
  • 839313 Product Tester

839311 Product Examiner

Alternative Titles:

  • Quality Assurance Assessor
  • Quality Control Assessor

Examines products to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Film Examiner
  • Metal Products Viewer
  • Textile Examiner
  • Tyre Finisher and Examiner
  • Vehicle Assembly Inspector

839312 Product Grader

Grades primary produce by evaluating individual items or batches against established standards and records results.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Classer
  • Grain Quality Technician

  • Meat Grader
  • Milk and Cream Grader
  • Timber Grader

839313 Product Tester

Collects product samples, conducts tests to determine quality of produce and maintains records of results.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Coal Sample Tester
  • Glassware Verifier
  • Iron Pellet Tester
Unit Group

8394 Timber and Wood Process Workers

Timber and Wood Process Workers perform routine tasks in paper and pulp mills, sawmills, timber yards, and wood processing and timber products factories.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

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

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification

Tasks Include:

  • rolling logs from trucks and conveyors to log decks, saw carriages and stacking bays
  • placing logs and wood billets onto conveyors and lathes for processing into chips, veneers and pulp
  • sorting and stacking timber during milling
  • placing timber for processing by machines and unloading cut timber from tail end of machines
  • assisting with setting up and operating plant and ancillary equipment used in the manufacture of sheets and boards
  • transporting processed wood products, such as plywood, chipboard sheets and panels, to work areas
  • clearing blockages in machines
  • assisting with measuring and cutting materials
  • packing and loading finished products for transportation
  • cleaning work areas, tools and equipment

Occupations:

  • 839411 Paper and Pulp Mill Worker
  • 839412 Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker
  • 839413 Wood and Wood Products Factory Worker

839411 Paper and Pulp Mill Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Pulp, Paper Making and Paper Products Labourer

Performs routine tasks in a paper and pulp mill such as placing logs onto conveyors for chipping, and loading woodchip and pulp for processing.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

839412 Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker

Alternative Titles:

  • Timber Mill Worker
  • Wood Processing Worker

Performs routine tasks in a sawmill or timber yard such as sorting and stacking timber, assisting timber machinists, assembling orders and racking offcuts.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Dry Mill Worker (NZ)
  • Tailer-out

839413 Wood and Wood Products Factory Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Wood and Wood Products Labourer

Performs routine tasks in a wood processing and timber product factory such as placing logs on equipment and conveyors, assisting with measuring and cutting of materials, and setting up and operating plant equipment.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Hardboard Factory Worker
  • Joinery Factory Worker
  • Particleboard Factory Worker
  • Plywood Factory Worker
Unit Group

8399 Other Factory Process Workers

This unit group covers Factory Process Workers not elsewhere classified. It includes Cement and Concrete Plant Workers, Chemical Plant Workers, Clay Processing Factory Workers, Fabric and Textile Factory Workers, Footwear Factory Workers, Glass Processing Workers, Hide and Skin Processing Workers and Recycling Workers.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

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

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification.

Occupations:

  • 839911 Cement and Concrete Plant Worker
  • 839912 Chemical Plant Worker
  • 839913 Clay Processing Factory Worker
  • 839914 Fabric and Textile Factory Worker
  • 839915 Footwear Factory Worker
  • 839916 Glass Processing Worker
  • 839917 Hide and Skin Processing Worker
  • 839918 Recycling Worker
  • 839999 Factory Process Workers nec

839911 Cement and Concrete Plant Worker

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing cement and concrete products such as greasing and assembling concrete moulds, holding reinforcing steel in position during concrete pours, stripping moulds from dried concrete products, and finishing products.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

839912 Chemical Plant Worker

Performs routine tasks in a chemical processing plant such as delivering materials to processing areas, dumping ingredients into hoppers, operating machines to heat, cool and agitate chemical solutions, filling and fastening covers on containers, and attaching labels and information on products.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Gas Plant Worker
  • Munitions Factory Worker
  • Paint Factory Worker

839913 Clay Processing Factory Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Clay Processing Labourer

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing clay and ceramic products such as loading clay into machines, stacking products on kiln cars, pallets and trolleys, and moving kiln cars and trolleys to and from kilns, dryers, sorting, storage and shipping areas.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Brick Handler
  • Kiln Labourer

839914 Fabric and Textile Factory Worker

Performs routine tasks in a fabric and textile factory such as cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics, delivering materials to machines, operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

839915 Footwear Factory Worker

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing footwear such as basic hand cutting of shoe components, delivering materials to machines, and inspecting and finishing completed footwear.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

839916 Glass Processing Worker

Performs routine tasks in manufacturing glassware such as setting up, adjusting and repairing automatic machines and equipment, and checking weight of glassware.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisation:

  • Glass Mould Cleaner

839917 Hide and Skin Processing Worker

Performs routine tasks in tanning and finishing leather, hides and skins such as fleshing hides by cutting out pieces of flesh and fat, laying out hides and skins for classing and drying and arranging heaters to dry them, spraying dried hides with preservatives, and treating, pressing and securing hides and skins.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Fellmongery Worker
  • Hand Flesher
  • Tannery Worker

839918 Recycling Worker

Alternative Title:

  • Recycling Sorter

Performs routine tasks in a recycling facility such as sorting, packing and storing plastics, glass, paper, metals and other recyclable materials which have been collected from household, commercial and industrial premises in preparation for use in creating new products.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

839999 Factory Process Workers nec

This occupation group covers Factory Process Workers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level:

  • 5 Australia
  • 4 New Zealand

Occupations in this group include:

  • Sheltered Workshop Worker