Machine or Plant Operator 

As a concrete products or stone processing machine operator, you operate machines to manufacture moulded concrete products, or cut and finish stones for tiles, building blocks and facing.

As a cement production plant operator you produce cement, lime and clinker, while a concrete batching plant operator produces batches of concrete from cement, sand, aggregate, water and other ingredients.

Plant operator earn more on average than machine operators. 




  • Outdoor work 
  • No qualification required 
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • monitoring the flow of raw materials and products into machines, and adjusting valves and controls to specifications
  • setting up and installing moulds and other machine fixtures
  • maintaining plant
  • setting grinds and cutting edges
  • collecting and examining samples for conformity to specifications and adjusting machine settings accordingly
  • using hand tools to cut, inscribe and polish roughly hewn stone to finished condition
  • weighing and mixing ingredients

It helps to be good at:

  • Using tools and machines 
  • Communicating clearly 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Manufactured Mineral Products
  • Cert III Concreting
  • Cert III Process Plant Operations
  • Traineeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Wholesale Trade

Related Roles 

  • Earthmoving Plant Operator 

  • Concreter

  • Concrete Pump Operator 


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