Machine Operator

Job Description

Operate heavy machinery to carry out manufacturing tasks. Machine Operators use heavy machinery to undertake manufacturing tasks, and often specialise in one type of specific machinery. The machines may be controlled by hand or computer. Machine Operators are responsible for making sure they are set up well, working efficiently and producing a high-quality product. They may also maintain and repair equipment when necessary.

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Formal qualifications are not essential to become a Machine Operator, but you may be required to hold specific licences or tickets.

Decide what industry you want to work in.

It may be beneficial for you to have a forklift licence. The average course duration is 4 days, and there are no minimum entry requirements.

You may also need a high risk work licence, from Safe Work Australia.


  • Cooperative
  • Diligent
  • Discerning
  • Easy going
  • Efficient
  • Flexible
  • Focused
  • Independent
  • Reliable

Key Skills

  • Operating Machinery
  • Operating power tools
  • Reading job specifications
  • Manual Loading 
  • Working quickly and accurately in a fast-paced production line.
  • Hazard Reduction
  • Minimising Wastage
  • Maintaining equipment and repairing

Future Prospects

Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.