Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators

ANZSCO ID 711712

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
190
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
83%
Female Share
8%
Average age
45

Summary

Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators operate machines to convert raw hides and skins into finished leather for use in clothing, footwear and upholstery.

Also known as: Leather Production Machine Operator.

Specialisations: Fellmongering Machine Operator, Hide and Skin Fleshing Machine Operator, Sammying Machine Operator, Tanner.

Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator. Some workers have a certificate II in leather production.

Tasks

  • 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.

  • Loads drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions.

  • Examines finished products for defects and variations, reports faults in machines, and carries out quality control procedures.


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, Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 83% of people employed as Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
70.0%
2
Other Services
5.3%
3
Wholesale Trade
3.2%
4
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
2.6%
5
Other industries
3.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

29.1% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

25.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

31.3% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.7% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

4.4% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.0% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators All Jobs Average
NSW 29.1 31.6
VIC 25.3 25.6
QLD 31.3 20.0
SA 7.7 7.0
WA 4.4 10.8
TAS 2.2 2.0
NT 0.0 1.0
ACT 0.0 1.9


  • Around 70% of Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its 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
45
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
8%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators is 45 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 8% of the workforce. This is 40 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 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 10.8 9.3
25-34 17.4 22.9
35-44 22.6 22.0
45-54 27.2 21.6
55-59 12.3 9.0
60-64 7.2 6.0
65 and Over 2.6 4.2
Median Age 45 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 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator. Some workers have a certificate II in leather production.

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  • 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)

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 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operators All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 3.7 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 1.8 11.6
Certificate III/IV 28.7 21.1
Year 12 23.8 18.1
Year 11 7.9 4.8
Year 10 and below 34.1 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

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 52%

    Operation monitoring

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

  • 46%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 43%

    Active listening

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

  • 43%

    Quality control analysis

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

  • 39%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 39%

    Monitoring

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

  • 37%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 37%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 37%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 37%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 36%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 34%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 34%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 32%

    Time management

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

  • 32%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 32%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 32%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 30%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 29%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 27%

    Management of personnel resources

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


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 48%

    Production and processing

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

  • 46%

    Chemistry

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

  • 44%

    Education and training

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

  • 41%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 41%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 38%

    English language

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

  • 36%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 36%

    Mechanical

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

  • 35%

    Administration and management

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

  • 35%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 35%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 32%

    Clerical

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

  • 32%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 28%

    Technical design

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

  • 28%

    Transportation

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

  • 26%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 25%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 23%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 19%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 16%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 50%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 48%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 46%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 46%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 46%

    Near vision

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

  • 46%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 46%

    Reaction time

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  • 45%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 45%

    Perceptual speed

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

  • 45%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 43%

    Rate control

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  • 41%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 41%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 39%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 39%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 38%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 36%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 36%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.


Activities

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

  • 69%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 63%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 59%

    Controlling equipment or machines

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

  • 57%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 57%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 54%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 54%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 54%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 54%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 52%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 52%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 52%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 51%

    Checking compliance with standards

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

  • 51%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 49%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 47%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 42%

    Documenting or recording information

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

  • 41%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 39%

    Training and teaching others

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

  • 36%

    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

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

  • 95%

    Practical

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

  • 33%

    Administrative

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

  • 24%

    Analytical

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

  • 24%

    Enterprising

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

  • 14%

    Creative

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

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 62%

    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.

  • 57%

    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.

  • 38%

    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.

  • 31%

    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.

  • 29%

    Achievement

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

  • 29%

    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.


Demands

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

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 87%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 82%

    Contact with people

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

  • 81%

    Walking and running

    Spend time walking and running.

  • 80%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 78%

    Pace of work set by equipment

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

  • 76%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 75%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 74%

    Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  • 72%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 72%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

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

  • 69%

    Bending or twisting your body

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  • 68%

    Dangerous conditions

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  • 68%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 68%

    Very hot or cold temperatures

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  • 67%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 67%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 66%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 65%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 63%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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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, 51-6061.00 - Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders.


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