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The Australian steel industry produces over seven million tonnes of steel a year, manufacturing a broad range of steel and steel products. In the structural steel market this includes products such as steel beams, plate, tubes and pipes and wire products.

Steel-making begins when iron ore is smelted to produce metallic iron which is then converted to steel by removing excess carbon and adding various alloys. It is then continuously cast and rolled into a variety of shapes and sizes. Hot rolled steel is produced for various uses e.g. welded beams, reinforcing bar and floor plate.

Hot rolled steel can further be subjected to a cold rolling process which is used to make products such as piping, roofing, guttering, purlins and formwork. Zinc is used to produce galvanised steel which protects the steel against corrosion.

Steel producers provide a range of employment prospects in the fields of materials, mechanical, chemical, electrical and mechatronic engineering, metallurgy, IT, human resources, accounting and sales. Apprenticeships are offered in trades such as fitting and turning, boiler-making, moulding and painting.

New ideas and technologies are changing the face of the modern steel industry – do you have a contribution to make? Tomorrow’s success depends on today’s research and development. If you are interested in technical and engineering activities and would like to be part of this vital and innovative industry, then maybe we have just the right place for you!


Some examples in the production and trades areas:

  • Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology (no entry requirement)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Production Systems
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade

Entry requirement for a Certificate III is usually completion of Year 11 or equivalent.

For the trades, it is highly recommended to combine coursework with an apprenticeship within the industry, enabling you to earn while you learn.


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Australian steel producers: BlueScope Steel; Liberty OneSteel

The Steel Producer

“A career in the steel industry would be boring and lack variety”. Not a chance - wow, what a ride!

“Starting as a trainee metallurgist for John Lysaght Australia Ltd in 1977, I had no idea where my career would take me. I could have chosen to branch into pure metallurgy, production supervision or indeed customer liaison. Instead, I took a position in Technical Sales, exposing me to the markets we served but most important to me, I got to meet decision makers both in my own company and many large corporates in the industry.

My career took me overseas to run my first business at age 25, and from there I held middle and senior management positions in sales, marketing, distribution and general management. I got the chance to form a joint venture with a large European business and see it to fruition as an inaugural director. At 42, I was President of a $300m turnover business with multiple sites and a great workforce of 250 people! Could I have gained such a diversity of experience and training outside of the steel industry? For me, I doubt it.

All this and I am a boring old baby boomer! Just think what you Generation Y’ers could do in an industry like ours! Give it close consideration and take time to talk to people like me who have been there. It’ll cost you nothing and who knows where it might lead you! Good luck!”

Ian Hush
Executive Manager – Sales & Distribution

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