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Agricultural Plant Operator

Agricultural Plant Operators use a range of crop planting, harvesting and irrigation machinery and equipment. They are responsible for coordinating work site activities and the maintenance and repair of equipment.

Summary of Training

  • Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Perform machinery maintenance
  • Operate machinery and equipment
  • Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • Ground spread fertiliser and soil ameliorant
  • Operate broadacre sowing machinery and equipment
  • Operate broadacre and row crop harvest machinery and equipment
  • Operate row crop planting and seeding machinery and equipment
  • Operate mobile irrigation machinery and equipment
  • Transport machinery
  • Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Coordinate work site activities

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Type
Nature & Recreation
Practical & Manual

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 5680

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Growth

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

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Agricultural Plant Operator - AHC32616
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 36 mths 24 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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