Labourers in mineral and metal processing (NOC 9611)

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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
3,500
Skill level
Elemental (generally secondary studies uncompleted)

Nature of work

Labourers in this unit group perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to mineral ore and metal processing. 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, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries.

Main duties

  • Labourers in mineral and metal processing perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Transport raw materials, finished products, scrap and recyclable materials throughout plant manually or using forklift or other powered equipment
  • - Feed conveyors, crushers and other equipment; open valves and start pumps; skim dross from furnaces; sort, stack, bundle and stamp materials; and perform other activities to assist process and machine operators in mineral ore and metal processing
  • - Clean work areas and equipment
  • - Continued…
  • - May assist with minor repairs and maintenance.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required for some positions in this group.

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