9411- Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

Job Description: 

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
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.

Additional Inormation: 

There is little mobility among the various types of machine operators within the mineral and metal processing industry.
With experience, machine operators may progress to central control and process operators in mineral and metal processing.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing (9231)
Concrete, clay and stone forming operators (9414)
Foundry workers (9412)
Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters (9413)
Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing (9415)
Labourers in mineral and metal processing (9611)
Supervisors, mineral and metal processing (9211)

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X