Maintenance Planners develop maintenance planning strategies, and schedule, coordinate and monitor the maintenance of all plant equipment.
Also known as: Maintenance Scheduler or Shutdown Coordinator.
A certificate IV in maintenance engineering is usually needed to work as a Maintenance Planner. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.
Develops schedules and planning strategies for the up keep and maintenance of all plant equipment.
Co-ordinates and monitors the maintenance undertaken on all plant equipment.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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, Other Building and Engineering Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 96% of people employed as Maintenance Planners work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 30 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 49 hours per week in their main job. This is 5 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Maintenance Planners||All Jobs Average|
Around 59% of Maintenance Planners live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Western Australia - Outback (North)
- Perth - South West
- Central Queensland
- Perth - North West
- Perth - South East.
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 Maintenance Planners 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 12% of the workforce. This is 36 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||Maintenance Planners||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.6||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
A certificate IV in maintenance engineering is usually needed to work as a Maintenance Planner. Some workers have a diploma or advanced diploma.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Maintenance Planners||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||5.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.1||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 Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
57%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Teaching people how to do something.
52%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
52%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
52%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
50%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
63%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
62%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
62%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
61%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
60%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
58%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
56%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
52%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
47%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
42%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.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
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.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
50%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
46%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
72%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
67%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
66%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
64%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
64%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
63%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
62%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
61%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
59%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
57%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
57%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
55%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
53%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
52%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
52%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
48%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
96%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
94%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Use electronic mail.
91%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
90%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
90%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Work to strict deadlines.
89%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
88%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
80%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
76%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
76%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
76%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
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