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Machine Operator (Non-metal products)

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Other Qualification

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.

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 (non-metal products) may perform the following tasks:

  • weigh, measure and mix ingredients
  • clean plant areas
  • clean and lubricate equipment
  • operate machines to combine and process ingredients or finish products
  • monitor machine operations and adjust pressure, temperature, tension and other controls to ensure products match specifications
  • collect samples for laboratory analysis
  • measure and test products
  • weigh and package products


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • aptitude for problem-solving
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to multi-task
  • able to work as part of a team
  • safety-conscious

Interest Area



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.

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.

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.


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Other Qualification

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.

Additional Information

    Depending on the tasks performed, machine operators may be required to obtain a licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by SafeWork NSW or WorkSafe ACT. Licences to Perform High Risk Work are issued under the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work. See www.workcover.nsw.gov.au or www.worksafe.act.gov.au for more information.

    You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to obtain a Perform High Risk Work Licence. However, training may commence at a younger age.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Manufactured Mineral Products or Manufacturing Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.


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.

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