Labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Elemental (generally secondary studies uncompleted)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Significant seasonality

Nature of work

Labourers in this unit group perform clean-up, packaging, material handling and other elemental activities related to fish and seafood processing. They are employed in fish and seafood processing and packaging plants.

Main duties

  • Labourers in fish and seafood processing perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Unload fish and shellfish from fishing vessels and transport them by hand or forklift truck to work area in fish processing plant
  • - Immerse fresh fish fillets in brine solution to condition them for wrapping or freezing
  • - Weigh fish or shellfish, record weight and pack fish in ice
  • - Continued…
  • - Sort fish according to species, weight and destination
  • - Clean work areas and equipment
  • - Transport supplies and packaging materials throughout plant and storage area manually or with powered equipment
  • - Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education may be required.

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