Trades Assistant

Also known as: Offsider.

Trades Assistants help metal engineering tradespersons by performing routine tasks. They may specialise as Boilermakers Assistants, Fitters Assistants, Metal Forgers Assistants, Metal Moulders Assistants, or as Second-class or Third-class Welders.


  • Position and hold metal stock or products to enable work to be carried out;
  • Perform assembly and dismantling operations;
  • Solder or spot weld components using electrical spot or butt welding machines;
  • Operate power hammers, presses or other cutting and shaping tools and machines;
  • Ensure tools and materials are available for tradesperson;
  • Hand tools to tradespersons and hold tools not immediately required; and
  • Clean and prepare working surfaces.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy technical activities;
  • Interested in computer programmable machinery;
  • Physically fit;
  • Strength to handle materials, tools and machines;
  • Good hand-eye coordination;
  • Able to work in a team, and
  • Able to work independently.


$40,000 - $60,000

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