Cement Production Plant Operators

ANZSCO ID 712913

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
320
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
98%
Female Share
3%
Average age
47

Summary

Cement Production Plant Operators operate plants to produce cement, lime and clinker.

Specialisations: Cement Crusher Operator, Cement Despatch Operator, Cement Grinding Mill Operator, Cement Kiln Operator.

Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Cement Production Plant Operator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering trade.

Tasks

  • Weighs and mixes ingredients to make cement, lime and clinker.

  • Maintains plant.


Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC 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, Other Stationary Plant Operators, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 98% of people employed as Cement Production Plant Operators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 32 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
56.5%
2
Construction
15.8%
3
Wholesale Trade
9.0%
4
Mining
7.8%
5
Other industries
2.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.5% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

9.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

20.6% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

11.3% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

20.3% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

4.4% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.9% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.0% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Cement Production Plant Operators All Jobs Average
NSW 32.5 31.6
VIC 9.1 25.6
QLD 20.6 20.0
SA 11.3 7.0
WA 20.3 10.8
TAS 4.4 2.0
NT 1.9 1.0
ACT 0.0 1.9


  • Around 63% of Cement Production Plant Operators live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Western Australia and South Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
47
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
3%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Cement Production Plant Operators is 47 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Cement Production Plant Operators All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 4.3 9.3
25-34 17.1 22.9
35-44 24.1 22.0
45-54 30.2 21.6
55-59 13.1 9.0
60-64 7.3 6.0
65 and Over 4.0 4.2
Median Age 47 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Cement Production Plant Operator. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering trade.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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.
Type of Qualification Cement Production Plant Operators All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 5.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 5.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 35.3 21.1
Year 12 13.5 18.1
Year 11 7.3 4.8
Year 10 and below 34.0 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 Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 55%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 55%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 55%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 55%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 54%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 54%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 52%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 50%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 50%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 46%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 46%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 46%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 46%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 46%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 45%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 45%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 45%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 43%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 70%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 64%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 54%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 54%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 52%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 52%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 46%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 45%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 44%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 43%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 43%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 42%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 41%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 38%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 30%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 24%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 23%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 21%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 17%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 13%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 55%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 54%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 54%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 52%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 50%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 50%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 46%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 46%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 43%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 43%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 41%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 41%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 69%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 68%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 66%

    Coaching and developing others

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  • 66%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 63%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 61%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 61%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 59%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 59%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 58%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 57%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 56%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 56%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 51%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 48%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 47%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 47%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 46%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 43%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 41%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 81%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 71%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 38%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 33%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 81%

    Independence

    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.

  • 76%

    Support

    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.

  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 71%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 67%

    Recognition

    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.

  • 67%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 93%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 93%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 92%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 92%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 92%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 92%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 90%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 90%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 88%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 86%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 84%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 82%

    Pace of work set by equipment

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  • 81%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 81%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 80%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 80%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 79%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 79%

    Walking and running

    Spend time walking and running.

  • 77%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 76%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers.


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