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Metal and Engineering

Overview

Metals and Engineering is a diverse sector that includes people who conceive, design, manufacture, assemble, install, repair, package and sell manufactured products. Many people with metal and engineering skills also work in other areas, including building and construction, mining, agriculture, health, food, hospitality and other manufacturing sectors.

What does this industry cover?

  • Shipbuilding and boatbuilding and repair
  • Primary metal and metal product manufacturing 
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing 
  • Professional and scientific equipment manufacturing 
  • Jewellery and silverware manufacturing 
  • Electrical equipment manufacturing 
  • Pump and compressor manufacturing
  • Machinery and tool manufacturing 
  • Machinery and equipment repair and maintenance services

Industry Information

There are 35,660 businesses operating in Australia in the metal and engineering sector, with about 19,000 employers. More than 90% of those employers are small, employing less than 20 people.

The sectors of the industry with the biggest number of businesses are the fabricated metal product manufacturing sector (includes structural steel, building products and metal containers), and the machinery and equipment repair and maintenance services sector.

196,000 people work across the three key sectors of the industry: Primary Metal and Metal Product Manufacturing; Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing; and Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance. This number is expected to drop to 193,000 by November 2020.

Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in this area are strong.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2017: 6808

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 19/07/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Mechanical Engineering

Metal Fabrication

Fitter

Boilermaker / Welder

Locksmith

Sheet-metal Worker

Metal Machinist

Foundry Molder

Ship Builder

Foundry Patternmaker

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Metal & Engineering

Work Type

Practical & Manual.

Analytic & Scientific

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Career Pathways

The Metal and Engineering industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

Practice Aptitude Quizzes

These resources illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in these sectors.

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Watch Gavin - Apprentice Boilermaker

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Watch Jack - Apprentice Boilermaker

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Watch Leo - Apprentice Locksmith

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Watch Rami - Apprentice Fitter and Turner

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Watch Stuart - Apprentice Welder

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Watch Yuki - Apprentice Jeweller

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia
  • Australian Stainless Steel Development Association
  • Weld Australia
  • Australian Institute of Surface Finishing
  • Australian Steel Institute
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council
  • Australian Refrigeration Council
  • Engineers Australia

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