Footwear Production Machine Operators
Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture ready-to-wear footwear.
Specialisations: Shoemaking Cutter, Shoemaking Finisher.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Footwear Production Machine Operator. Some workers have a certificate II in footwear production.
Prepares machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions.
Sets and operates controls used to regulate processing operations.
Starts machines and monitors operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation.
Cuts and machines leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and makes shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques.
Examines finished products for defects and variations, reports faults in machines, and carries out quality control procedures.
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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, Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 79% of people employed as Footwear Production Machine Operators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 13 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less 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.
Most Footwear Production Machine Operators work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Footwear Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
Around 76% of Footwear Production Machine Operators live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
South Australia and Victoria 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.
Age and gender
The median age of Footwear Production Machine Operators is 50 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 66% of the workforce. This is 18 percentage points above 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||Footwear Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.3||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 usually required to work as a Footwear Production Machine Operator. Some workers have a certificate II in footwear production.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Footwear Production Machine Operators||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||41.9||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 Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
36%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
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.
Fixing machines or systems.
27%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Using maths to solve problems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
56%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
48%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
35%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
26%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
25%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
22%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
21%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
21%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
21%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
19%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.
15%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
15%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Communicate by speaking.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
See details that are far away.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
80%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
72%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
57%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
52%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
51%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
49%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
48%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
48%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
47%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
46%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
45%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
45%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
44%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
44%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
44%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
38%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
37%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
34%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
32%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
97%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
96%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
85%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
84%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
81%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
77%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
75%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
74%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
70%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk with people face-to-face.
69%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
66%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
65%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
65%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
62%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
60%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
58%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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