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Stationary Plant Operators
Minor Group

Stationary Plant Operators operate stationary plant to perform a range of activities such as extracting minerals from the earth; refining and treating metals and mineral ore, and producing basic metal products; lifting, moving and placing materials and equipment; and loading and stacking bulk materials.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • fixing attachments to plant and setting controls prior to operation
  • manipulating controls to move materials between process phases
  • observing operation and adjusting controls to regulate temperature, pressure, mix of materials to be processed and handled, and speed of operation
  • monitoring operation of plant directly or by referring to instruments ensuring safe operation
  • cleaning and lubricating plant, repairing minor defects and reporting major problems
  • unloading and storing output

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