Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9231)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
300
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing, operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of mineral ores, metals or cement. They are employed in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries and cement processing plants.

Main duties

  • Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing, perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Co-ordinate and monitor the operation of a particular aspect of mineral ore, metal and cement processing production through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems, usually from a central control room
  • - Operate multi-function central process control machinery to grind, separate, filter, melt, roast, treat, refine or otherwise process mineral ores
  • - Observe computer printouts, video monitors and gauges to verify specified processing conditions and to make necessary adjustments
  • - Continued…
  • - Co-ordinate and supervise production crew such as machine and process operators, tenders, assistants and helpers
  • - Start up and shut down the production system in cases of emergency or as required by schedule
  • - Provide or organize training for members of production crew
  • - Maintain shift log of production and other data and prepare production and other reports.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * A college diploma may be required for some positions in this group.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Several years of experience as a machine or process operator, usually in the same company or production department, are required.

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