Machine operators, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9411)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 18.00$
Median 34.00$
Maximum 44.00$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
6,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

Workers in this unit group operate single-function machines or machinery that is part of a larger production process to process mineral ore and metal products. 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

  • Machine operators, mineral and metal processing, perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Set up, prepare and adjust mineral ore, metal and cement processing machinery to carry out one step in the overall mineral ore or metal processing operation
  • - Operate single-function machinery to grind, separate, filter, mix, treat, cast, roll, refine or otherwise process mineral ores
  • - Observe gauges, meters, computer printouts, video monitors and products to ensure correct operation of machine and verify specified processing conditions
  • - Continued…
  • - Make adjustments to machinery as required
  • - Record production information and complete reports
  • - May assist with machinery maintenance or repair.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Experience as a labourer in mineral and metal processing is usually required for machine operators.

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