Rubber Production Machine Operators
Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture rubber products, such as tyres.
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.
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Rubber Production Machine Operator. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in polymer processing.
Operates controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation.
Measures and loads materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms.
Monitors operation, regulates material supply and adds chemicals and colorants to mixture.
Lays casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds.
Operates rollers to remove air.
Operates vulcaniser presses and controls curing.
Examines output for defects and conformity to specifications.
Performs minor repairs and maintains production records.
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Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 93% of people employed as Rubber Production Machine Operators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 27 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Rubber Production Machine Operators work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Rubber Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
Around 52% of Rubber Production Machine Operators live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Perth - South East
- Western Australia - Outback (North)
- Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday
- Melbourne - South East
- Perth - South West.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Rubber Production Machine Operators is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 3% of the workforce. This is 45 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Rubber Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Rubber Production Machine Operator. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in polymer processing.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Rubber Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||27.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
46%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
34%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
30%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
30%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
29%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
25%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Looking for ways to help people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
61%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
51%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
47%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
37%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
30%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
26%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
25%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
16%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
11%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
93%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
86%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
75%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
74%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
62%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
62%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
55%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
52%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
50%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
46%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
45%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
43%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
42%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
42%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
35%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
32%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
27%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
21%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
99%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
99%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
98%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
97%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
97%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work to strict deadlines.
95%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
93%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
91%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
91%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
89%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
88%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
87%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
86%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
83%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
76%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
73%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
72%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
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