Posted March 05, 2019 14:20:00There are currently more than 1.2 million operators of cnc machinery in Australia, accounting for nearly 15 per cent of the nation’s cnc operations, according to data from the Australian Industry Group.
The data is sourced from the Australia Cnc Operators Association (ACOGA) which represents more than 700 cnc operation companies, including the industry-leading companies like Blacksmith, Handcutters, CNC Power, and P.A.R.S. The association has said that it is concerned about the current levels of competition and the current level of productivity, particularly with the introduction of a two-year apprenticeship program.
The latest ACOGA data shows that the number of cncp operators increased from 4,094 in January 2019 to 6,938 in February 2019, with the majority operating in Victoria, with Tasmania accounting for 3,958 operators.
“The number of operators in Victoria and Tasmania is the highest in the nation,” ACOGAs chief executive Greg O’Neill said.
“This has been a major growth driver for our industry.”
The fact that Victoria and New South Wales are growing fastest than any other state in the country has also led to a very strong demand for cnc equipment across the country.
“Mr O’Neil said that the current shortage of equipment, and the need to have enough cnc employees to ensure a smooth operation, had led to some operators reducing staffing levels.”
There are still many jobs that will not be filled by new recruits, so the ability to recruit and retain skilled employees is a very important factor for our businesses,” he said.
Mr O, however, said the shortage of cns machinery was not unique to Victoria, and that the industry was experiencing similar difficulties globally.”
For the industry to grow and thrive in the future, we need to maintain our workforce levels and maintain our productivity levels,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
It’s a complex issue and the industry is going through a period of adjustment to ensure the equipment continues to operate as efficiently as possible.
“At the moment, we’re at a competitive disadvantage with a much larger workforce than we had a decade ago.”
Mr Tamborello said that while he was optimistic that there would be a strong return to competitiveness, he was worried about the impact of the new apprenticeship system.
“I’m concerned that the apprenticeship process will lead to a decline in the quality of our products and services,” he explained.
“We have to get our products into the hands of as many people as possible.”