Machine operators - mineral and metal processing

Machine operators - mineral and metal processing

NOC
9411

- Machine operators, mineral and metal processing

Operate machinery to process mineral ore and metal in processing plants and refineries.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

15
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.00
$14.00
Low
$31.22
High

Median Salary

$65,100
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

101
 

% Working Full Time

94%
 

% Working Full Year

69%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Workers in this unit group operate machinery to process mineral ore and metal. 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 machinery and verify processing conditions
  • Make adjustments to machinery as required
  • Record production information and complete reports
  • May assist with machinery maintenance or repair.

Also Known As

  • aluminum classifier
  • asbestos dryer
  • billet heater
  • brick and tile crusher operator
  • cement miller
  • extrusion press operator
  • foil-winding machine operator
  • ladle pourer
  • lead refiner
  • lime kiln operator
  • mica sheet laminator
  • quenching car operator
  • scrap metal shredder
  • sintering machine operator
  • slurry equipment operator
  • steel roller
  • uranium classifier operator
  • zinc cell operator
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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0.0%
Female
100.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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9.1%
15-24
13.6%
25-34
18.2%
35-44
22.7%
45-54
27.3%
55-64
9.1%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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35.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
29.4%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
23.5%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
0.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
11.8%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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62.5%
Manufacturing
25.0%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
12.5%
Construction
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

50.00%
Northeast
20.00%
Southeast
20.00%
Southwest
10.00%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$69,596
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$65,100

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$83,469

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$65,100

Newfoundland

$91,248

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$47,788

Canada

$66,843
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

15
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

17
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

53
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

53