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What tickets & experience will I need to apply for Machine Operator jobs?

Machine operators are responsible for:

  • Operating, maintaining and monitoring equipment and heavy machinery
  • Detecting problems with operational equipment
  • Assisting with heavy machinery emergencies
  • Performing maintenance on machinery to ensure its operating correctly
  • Adjusting machinery and settings to ensure they are correct

Embarking on a job as a machine operator can give you the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in the building, construction and mining industries.

Tickets to get your foot in the door for a Machine Operator job

White card/Construction Induction

To work on any construction or building site you will legally require a white card, also known as a Construction Induction, before commencing or work on site.

This ticket is a legal requirement and the outcomes demonstrate awareness of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), the legislative requirements and basic risk management principals to prevent injury or illness on a construction site.

First Aid

A First Aid course is highly desirable in a setting where heavy machinery and hazards can occur. First aid courses provide essential knowledge and skills to enable an individual to respond and assist a person experiencing an injury or illness until the arrival of medical aid. Content includes CPR, management of bleeding, shock, stroke, asthma, and many other instances of medical emergency.


Forklifts are used in a variety of workplace environments from construction sites and mine sites to warehouses and is an advantageous ticket to have when wanting to kick off a career in operating machinery.

Earthmoving Plant Ticket

  • Earthmoving can include
  • Excavating
  • Loading and hauling of materials
  • Backfilling
  • Stockpiling
This ticket will provide you with the knowledge, skills and expertise to operate a variety of earthmoving machinery, which is a required trade on construction sites.


Experience in a manufacturing environment where you are familiar with a variety of machinery will be advantageous and will also allow you to find out what tickets you may need as well as the above to operate certain machines.

The best advice is to invest in tickets and training and therefore invest in you when wanting to land a job operating machinery. Having the necessary tickets at time of job application will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for machine operator jobs if you already have the tickets they require.