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711 Machine Operators

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

711 Machine Operators

Machine Operators operate stationary machines to process, manufacture, treat and finish a range of products.

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 or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • 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); or
  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (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:

  • fixing attachments to machines, setting controls and loading material to be processed
  • starting machines, observing operation and adjusting controls to regulate temperature, pressure, intake of raw materials and speed
  • sampling output for defects and variations, and adjusting machine settings accordingly
  • unloading and storing output
  • cleaning and lubricating machines and performing minor repairs
Unit Group

7111 Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators

Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish a variety of clay, concrete, glassware and stone products by extruding, shaping, mixing, grinding, cutting and other processes.

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:

  • monitoring the flow of clay and other raw materials and products into machines, and adjusting valves and controls to specifications
  • positioning clay and stone on machines to be cut and worked
  • operating concrete mixing, stacking and splitting machines
  • setting up and installing moulds and other machine fixtures
  • setting up and operating glass-making machines to produce molten glass, and regulating temperature of molten glass
  • pressing and blowing glass into moulds to form glassware products
  • collecting and examining samples for conformity to specifications and adjusting machine settings accordingly
  • setting grinding and cutting edges
  • using hand tools to cut, inscribe and polish roughly hewn stone to finished condition

Occupations:

  • 711111 Clay Products Machine Operator
  • 711112 Concrete Products Machine Operator
  • 711113 Glass Production Machine Operator
  • 711114 Stone Processing Machine Operator
  • 711199 Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators nec

711111 Clay Products Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture clay products, such as bricks, tiles, insulators, porcelain and pottery, by shaping and firing clay.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Brick Extruder Operator
  • Porcelain Turner
  • Slip Caster

711112 Concrete Products Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture moulded concrete products such as cement pipes and fittings, concrete railway sleepers, concrete bricks, tiles and paving blocks, structural beams, building panels and cast products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Concrete Pipe Machine Operator
  • Concrete Precast Moulder
  • Concrete Tile Machine Operator

711113 Glass Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture molten glass and shape glassware products such as containers, sheet glass, structural and stained glass, glass lenses and prisms.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Glass Furnace Operator
  • Glass Laminating Operator
  • Glass Maker
  • Glass Melt Operator
  • Glass Toughening Operator
  • Glassware Maker

711114 Stone Processing Machine Operator

Operates machines to cut and finish stones for tiles, building blocks and facings.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Marble Cutter
  • Stone Polisher
  • Stone Sawyer

711199 Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 4

Occupations in this group include:

  • Brake Lining Maker
  • Fibre Cement Moulder
  • Plaster Caster
  • Plaster Machine Operator
Unit Group

7112 Industrial Spraypainters

Industrial Spraypainters operate spray painting equipment to paint and apply other industrial coatings to manufactured items. Vehicle Painters are excluded from this unit group.

Vehicle Painters are included in Unit Group 3243 Vehicle Painters.

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 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.

Tasks Include:

  • grinding, sanding and cleaning surfaces of items to be painted
  • loading paint, oil, lacquer, varnish and rustproofing agents into spray equipment
  • connecting hoses to spray equipment and adjusting spray nozzles to required pressure
  • securing items to be sprayed within spray booths or placing them onto conveyors
  • directing spray guns to apply even coatings
  • moving items to drying areas and stacking them for further painting and packaging
  • starting and monitoring extractor and drying fans, and heaters
  • cleaning nozzles, containers and hoses of equipment
  • may operate paint dipping baths
  • may mix coating solutions and regulate their temperature

Occupation:

  • 711211 Industrial Spraypainter

711211 Industrial Spraypainter

Operates spray painting equipment to paint and apply other industrial coatings to manufactured items.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Powder Coater
  • Rust Proofer
Unit Group

7113 Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators

Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture paper packaging and other paper products, fibreboard stock, logs, plywood, particle board, solid laminate and similar timber 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 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.

The occupation Other Wood Processing Machine 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.

Tasks Include:

  • setting up printing plates, ink circulation systems, knives, creases, cutting dies, and folding and gluing machines
  • loading machines with paper and fibreboard
  • operating machines to form cardboard containers, paper plates, egg cartons, tissue paper and other paper products
  • adjusting and cleaning machines and performing minor repairs
  • securing timber into place and setting saws to produce specified sizes of plank and board to be cut
  • starting machines and feeding stock onto cutting saw, and operating automatic feed mechanisms
  • raising and lowering saws to trim boards and remove defects such as rot and splits
  • controlling lathes and slicing machines to produce veneers, and laminating veneer using glue
  • verifying dimensions of cut stock and accuracy of cuts
  • checking saws and other machines for safety, sharpness and correct functioning

Occupations:

  • 711311 Paper Products Machine Operator
  • 711313 Sawmilling Operator
  • 711314 Other Wood Processing Machine Operator

711311 Paper Products Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture paper packaging and other products from paper and fibreboard stock.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Carton Making Machinist
  • Embosser
  • Paper Bag Making Machinist

711313 Sawmilling Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Sawmiller

Sets up and operates machines to cut logs into planks of standard sizes.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Band Saw Operator
  • Beam Saw Operator
  • Cant Gang Sawyer
  • Resawyer
  • Ripsaw Operator

711314 Other Wood Processing Machine Operator

Operates machines that strip and prepare logs, remove bark, cut logs and timber, create wood chips, and cut, glue, press, trim, sand, splice, mould and repair wooden boards of various grades, forms and combinations.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Debarker Operator
  • Docking Saw Operator
  • Log Preparer
  • Plywood and Veneer Repairer
  • Veneer Production Machine Operator
Unit Group

7114 Photographic Developers and Printers

Photographic Developers and Printers edit and adjust digital images, develop photographic film, and print photographic images from digital media, negatives and positives using computer software, fully automatic equipment and by separate processes.

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:

  • cropping images and adjusting colour, brightness and contrast
  • preparing exposed film for different processing batches in dark rooms and dark chambers
  • adjusting settings and running automatic developing equipment
  • inspecting prints and adjusting settings on print-making equipment to produce required number, size and type of prints
  • scanning images onto electronic media
  • checking and replenishing chemicals and water supply for chemical and water baths required to produce negative and positive prints
  • monitoring and testing photographic processing and printing equipment, and maintaining operational standards
  • may prepare chemical solutions for different techniques and effects
  • may develop black and white images by separate processes and operate enlargers
  • may develop motion picture film

Occupation:

  • 711411 Photographic Developer and Printer

711411 Photographic Developer and Printer

Edits and adjusts digital images, develops photographic film, and prints photographic images from digital media, negatives and positives using computer software, fully automatic equipment and by separate processes.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Copy Camera Operator
  • Dark Room Attendant
  • Digital Photographic Printer
  • Film Process Operator
  • Minilab Operator
  • Photographic Enlarger Operator
  • Slide Developer
Unit Group

7115 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber 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 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:

  • operating controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation
  • measuring and loading materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring operation, regulating material supply and adding chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • threading uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers
  • laying casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds
  • operating rollers to remove air
  • operating vulcaniser presses and controlling curing
  • examining output for defects and conformity to specifications
  • performing minor repairs and maintaining production records

Occupations:

  • 711511 Plastic Cablemaking Machine Operator
  • 711512 Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator
  • 711513 Plastics Fabricator or Welder
  • 711514 Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)
  • 711515 Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker
  • 711516 Rubber Production Machine Operator
  • 711599 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators nec

711511 Plastic Cablemaking Machine Operator

Operates extruding machines to encase wire, cord, cable and optic fibre in plastic or rubber.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Insulation Extruder Operator
  • Optic Fibre Drawer
  • Wire Drawer (Plastics)

711512 Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator

Operates mixing and grinding machines to prepare plastic powders and liquid blends, and recycle waste plastic materials from factory operations.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Pelletising Extruder Operator
  • Powder Hand (Plastics)
  • Shredder/Granulator Operator

711513 Plastics Fabricator or Welder

Operates machines to measure, cut, shape, fit and assemble plastics materials to produce plastic products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Acrylic Fabricator
  • Vinyl Welder and Fabricator

711514 Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)

Operates extruding, injection moulding and blow moulding machines to produce finished plastic products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Blow Moulding Machine Operator
  • Extruding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Injection Moulding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Lamination Machine Operator
  • Plastic Production Machine Setter
  • Rotational Moulding Operator (Plastics)

711515 Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker

Operates machines to apply gelcoat, colouring and fibre reinforced plastic to moulds to produce fibreglass and laminated products.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Fibreglass Gun Hand
  • Fibreglass Laminator
  • Resin Transfer Moulding Machine Operator

711516 Rubber Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture rubber products such as tyres.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Rubber Belt Splicer
  • Rubber Compounder
  • Rubber Extrusion Machine Operator
  • Rubber Knitting and Reinforcing Machine Operator
  • Rubber Moulding Machine Operator
  • Rubber Roller Grinder Operator
  • Tyre Builder
  • Tyre Retreader

711599 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 4

Occupations in this group include:

  • Thermoforming Machine Operator
Unit Group

7116 Sewing Machinists

Sewing Machinists operate industrial sewing machines to sew and finish garments and soft furnishings such as curtains.

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 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.

Tasks Include:

  • threading machines, inserting bobbins and positioning parts to be sewn
  • starting, stopping and controlling speed of machines with pedals and knee levers to coordinate actions of presser feet, clothes guides, blades and other attachments, and guiding parts under needles, following edges, seams and markings
  • changing needles and adjusting, securing and modifying attachments to machines
  • finishing items by cutting excess material and threads
  • operating thread trimming and other non-sewing machines
  • inspecting stitching for defects and notifying repair mechanics of machine malfunctions
  • performing basic maintenance such as lubrication of machines
  • may do laying up and bundling tasks
  • may ticket, label and finish work

Occupation:

  • 711611 Sewing Machinist

711611 Sewing Machinist

Operates industrial sewing machines to sew and finish garments and soft furnishings such as curtains.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisation:

  • Embroiderer
Unit Group

7117 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to process raw hides and skins, raw textile fibres, and dye, weave and knit fibres for use in textile and footwear production.

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 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.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions
  • setting and operating controls used to regulate processing operations
  • starting machines and monitoring operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation
  • loading drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions
  • cutting and machining leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and making shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques
  • threading loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms
  • positioning and feeding machines with fibre packages
  • repairing broken yarns by tying and splicing ends
  • examining finished products for defects and variations, reporting faults in machines, and carrying out quality control procedures

Occupations:

  • 711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator
  • 711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
  • 711713 Knitting Machine Operator
  • 711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
  • 711715 Weaving Machine Operator
  • 711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
  • 711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec

711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture ready-to-wear footwear.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Shoemaking Cutter
  • Shoemaking Finisher

711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Leather Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to convert raw hides and skins into finished leather for use in clothing, footwear and upholstery.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Fellmongering Machine Operator
  • Hide and Skin Fleshing Machine Operator
  • Sammying Machine Operator
  • Tanner

711713 Knitting Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Textile Knitter

Operates machines to knit fabrics, garment parts and other articles from yarns such as cotton, wool, nylon and rayon.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Flat Bed Knitter
  • Warp Knitter

711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator

Operates machines to bleach, dye and finish knitted garments such as hosiery and woollen garments.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Textile Dyer
  • Textile Finisher

711715 Weaving Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Loom Operator

Operates looms to weave yarn into cloth, carpet and other fabrics.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Beamer
  • Carpet Weaver

711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator

Operates machines to convert raw textile fibres into continuous untwisted and twisted strands of yarn for use in clothing, carpets, curtains and other fabrics.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Cotton Ginner
  • Gill Box Operator
  • Yarn Comber
  • Yarn Texture Machine Operator

711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Occupations in this group include:

  • Feltmaker
  • Net Maker
  • Rope Making Machine Operator
  • Tufting Machine Operator
Unit Group

7119 Other Machine Operators

This unit group covers Machine Operators not elsewhere classified. It includes Chemical Production Machine Operators, Motion Picture Projectionists, Sand Blasters and Sterilisation Technicians.

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.

Occupations:

  • 711911 Chemical Production Machine Operator
  • 711912 Motion Picture Projectionist
  • 711913 Sand Blaster
  • 711914 Sterilisation Technician
  • 711999 Machine Operators nec

711911 Chemical Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to produce chemical goods such as soaps, detergents, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and explosives.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Bullet Maker
  • Candle Maker
  • Cosmetics Machine Operator
  • Explosives Mixer Operator
  • Nitrocellulose Maker
  • Paint Tinter
  • Tablet Making Machine Operator

711912 Motion Picture Projectionist

Operates film projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

Skill Level: 4

711913 Sand Blaster

Operates sandblasting machines to clean and grind metal products and other hard surfaces.

Skill Level: 4

711914 Sterilisation Technician

Cleans, sterilises and packages surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation service facility.

Skill Level: 4

711999 Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 4

Occupations in this group include:

  • Amusement Ride Operator
  • Asbestos Remover
  • Brush Maker
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot
  • Venetian Blind Machine Operator