Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing (NOC 9461)

Among the occupations currently in highest demand in All of Québec Details

Occupation with high worker turnover

The English text is currently unavailable. Please refer to the French text below.

Job titles

  • applesauce processor operator
  • assistant brewer - food and beverage processing
  • assistant miller - food and beverage processing
  • View all job titles

Nature of work

Process control and machine operators in this unit group operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food, beverage and associated products. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries, leaf tobacco products plants and other food, beverage and associated products processing establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Process control operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to grind, extract, mix, blend, cook or otherwise process food products and to bag, box or otherwise package food products
  • - Operate multi-function process control machinery to grind, extract, mix, blend, distill, ferment or otherwise process alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and to bottle, can or otherwise package beverages
  • - Observe gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments to process variables such as cooking times, ingredient inputs, flow rates and temperature settings
  • - Maintain shift log of production and other data.
  • Machine operators in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Set up and adjust processing and packaging machines preparatory to operation
  • - Operate single-function machines to grind, extract, mix, blend, dry, freeze, cook or otherwise process food, beverage or associated products
  • - Operate single-function machines to box, can or otherwise package food, beverage or associated products
  • - Check products to ensure conformance to company standards and clear machine blockages as required
  • - Record production information such as quantity, weight, size, date and type of products packaged
  • - Perform corrective machine adjustements, clean machines and immediate work areas.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Not available for this occupation.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Experience as a machine operator in food, beverage or associated products processing is usually required for industrial process control operators.
  • * Experience as a labourer in food, beverage or associated products processing may be required for machine operators.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * There is little mobility among the various types of process control operators within the food and beverage processing industry.
  • * Process control operators may progress to supervisory positions in food and beverage processing with experience.
  • * There is mobility among machine operators within the food, beverage and associated products processing.
  • * Machine operators may progress to process control operation or supervisory positions in food, beverage and associated products processing with experience.

Professional associations

  • Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre en transformation alimentaire
  • 8000, boul. Henri-Bourassa, bureau 270
  • Québec, QC
  • G1G4C7
  • Toll free: 1-877-449-5335
  • Phone: 418-623-5335
  • Fax: 418-623-1343
  • Email: info@csmota.qc.ca