Labourers in metal fabrication (NOC 9612)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

Labourers in this unit group remove excess metal and unwanted materials from metal parts, castings and other metal products and perform other labouring activities. They are employed in structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants, heavy machinery manufacturing plants, sheet metal fabrication shops, shipbuilding and other metal products manufacturing companies.

Fields of interest

  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Labourers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read and interpret work orders
  • - Operate metal cleaning equipment such as wheelabrators, deburrers and shotblasters to remove excess welds, rust, scale and other material from surfaces of metal parts, castings and other metal products
  • - Polish metal products to mirror finish
  • - Immerse metal products in cleaning solutions
  • - Assist structural steel and platework fitters, sheet metal workers, metalworking machine operators or other metal workers
  • - Transport raw materials and finished metal products manually or using hoists or other devices
  • - Sort metal sheets and parts, scrap metal and other materials
  • - Clean work areas and equipment
  • - Load and unload vehicles using hand truck or dolly
  • - May cut, grind or chip excess metal from metal products using hand tools.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education may be required.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Elemental

More information

  • * There is some mobility among occupations in this unit group.
  • * Progression to metalworking machine operator positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre dans la fabrication métallique industrielle (PERFORM)
  • 5245, boul. Cousineau, local 3300
  • Longueuil, QC
  • J3Y6J8
  • Phone: 450-812-0300
  • Fax: 450-443-9496
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