An aluminium worker makes aluminium products, such as door and window frames, conservatories, boats and trailers.
Tasks and Duties:
- study drawings and plans for the required items
- select, mark and cut the aluminium to size
- screw or weld aluminium pieces together
- arrange the delivery of the finished or assembled product
- repair and maintain aluminium products
- may install the finished product.
Aluminium workers need welding skills and the ability to work with metal. They also need an eye for detail, problem-solving skills, practical skills and the ability to make calculations.
Aluminium workers need to know about the different thicknesses and grades of aluminium and methods of working with aluminium, such as cutting, welding, bolting and folding. They must also know how to read plans and computer aided design (CAD) drawings, and must also keep themselves up to date with current product trends and designs.
Aluminium workers must be hard-working, practical and accurate. They also need to be self-motivated and able to work well in teams.
Aluminium workers must have strong hands and a strong back. They also need good hand-eye co-ordination and stamina.
Aluminium workers should have at least three years secondary education.
There are no specific entry requirements, although a drivers licence is useful.
Useful experience for aluminium workers includes work with aluminium or in the aluminium industry, or any other work in the building industry.
Training on the job
Aluminium workers are trained on the job by a supervisor or an experienced worker. Aluminium workers may work towards a National Certificate in Joinery (Aluminium Fabrication) while working.
Aluminium workers work in aluminium factories and workshops, and on-site in places where aluminium is being installed, such as building sites and power stations
Aluminium workers usually earn between $9 and $16 per hour, although some may earn more than this. Pay depends on the level of experience and the type of work being done.