People employed as metal, machinery and related trades workers are engaged in a range of skilled activities relating to working with metal, such as welding and forging, setting machines for operators to use, tool-setting, and repairing machines including vehicles and engines. They need to have an understanding of work organisation, the material and tools to be used in their jobs, as well as the nature and purpose of the final product they are engaged in making. The types of jobs undertaken by those in this occupation include: structural metal workers, moulders and welders; blacksmiths and toolmakers; and machinery mechanics and repairers. Typically the skill level required is equivalent to completed first stage of secondary education, but in some jobs, completion of the second stage of secondary education that includes specialized vocational education and on-the-job training is required.
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