Manufacturing

Transform materials, substances or components into new products

Overview

The manufacturing industry is engaged in the physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products (except agriculture and construction).

Manufacturing is commonly conducted in plants, factories or mills. Power-driven machines and other materials-handling equipment are used to change raw materials such as the products of agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining into a range of products.

Jobs are diverse and range across production, design, planning, management, human resources, and in specialised processes working with the latest technologies and manufacturing techniques. Jobs in manufacturing are becoming highly technical as the industry moves to a future embedded in the digital and information technology world.

Industry Considerations
  • Post-school qualifications are generally not required for low-skilled jobs.
  • Modern manufacturing requires a VET qualification and/or an apprenticeship.
  • Workers should have well-developed skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • Many workers in this industry are employed full-time, however part-time employment is becoming more common.

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Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser Occupational Health and Safety Advisers develop, implement and evaluate risk management policies and programs, train employees in…
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Software Engineer
Software Engineer

Develop and maintain computer software, websites and software applications.

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$0/week
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Very strong

Structural Engineer
Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers analyse the statical properties of all types of structures, test the behaviour and durability of…

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$0/week
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Very strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Marketing Specialist
Marketing Specialist

Marketing Specialists identify market opportunities and advise on the development, coordination and implementation of plans…

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$0/week
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Very strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Other Building and Engineering Technician
Other Building and Engineering Technician Other Building and Engineering Technicians includes occupations such as Maintenance Planners, Metallurgical or Materials…
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$2,812/week
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Very strong

Maintenance Planner
Maintenance Planner

Maintenance Planners develop maintenance planning strategies, and schedule, coordinate and monitor the maintenance of all…

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$0/week
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Very strong

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineer
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineer

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of…

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$2,414/week
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Very strong

Metallurgical and Materials Technician
Metallurgical and Materials Technician Metallurgical or Materials Technicians test materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into…
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$0/week
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Very strong

Industrial Engineer
Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineers investigate and review the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current…

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$0/week
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Very strong

Human Resource Manager
Human Resource Manager

Apply programs and policies to create a productive and safe work environment for employees.

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$2,464/week
Future demand
Very strong

Mine Deputie
Mine Deputie Mine Deputies oversee the safety of mining operations and supervise Miners.
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$0/week
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Very strong

Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer

Design and oversee installation of mechanical and process plant equipment and systems.

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$0/week
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Very strong