Food and beverage processing machine operators

Food and beverage processing machine operators

NOC
9461

- Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

Operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food and beverage products.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

66
 

Median Hourly Wage

$15.05
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High

Median Salary

$29,240
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

623
 

% Working Full Time

93%
 

% Working Full Year

56%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Process control and machine operators in this unit group operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food and beverage products. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries, and other food and beverage processing establishments.

Main Duties

Process control operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to grind, extract, mix, blend, cook or otherwise process food products and to bag, box or otherwise package food products
  • Operate multi-function process control machinery to grind, extract, mix, blend, distill, ferment or otherwise process alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and to bottle, can or otherwise package beverages
  • Observe gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments to process variables such as cooking times, ingredient inputs, flow rates and temperature settings
  • Maintain shift log of production and other data.

Machine operators in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and adjust food or beverage processing and packaging machines
  • Operate single-function machines to grind, extract, mix, blend, dry, freeze, cook or otherwise process food or beverage products
  • Operate single-function machines to box, can or otherwise package food or beverage products
  • Check products to ensure conformance to company standards and clear machine blockages as required
  • Record production information such as quantity, weight, size, date and type of products packaged
  • Perform corrective machine adjustments, clean machines and immediate work areas.

Also Known As

  • bakery machine operator - food and beverage processing
  • brewhouse operator
  • canning machine operator
  • chocolate refiner
  • cigarette machine tender
  • citrus juice extractor
  • control room operator - food and beverage processing
  • corn sugar refinery operator
  • dry foods mixer operator
  • dryer tender - tobacco processing
  • fermenter operator
  • fruit preserver - food and beverage processing
  • fryer operator - food and beverage processing
  • grain-processing machine operator
  • meat grinder - food and beverage processing
  • pasteurizer operator - food and beverage processing
  • tobacco blender
  • winery-press operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

Completion of secondary school may be required.
On-the-job training is provided.
Experience as a machine operator in food or beverage processing is usually required for industrial process control operators.
Experience as a labourer in food or beverage processing may be required for machine operators.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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36.6%
Female
63.4%
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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12.7%
15-24
18.7%
25-34
25.4%
35-44
27.6%
45-54
15.7%
55-64
0.0%
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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12.7%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
61.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
14.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.0%
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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88.0%
Manufacturing
4.5%
Wholesale trade
4.5%
Accommodation and food services
3.0%
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.

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7.50%
Northeast
19.40%
Southeast
27.60%
Southwest
5.20%
Central
40.30%
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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$41,122
Northeast
$27,489
Southeast
$29,303
Southwest
$22,438
Central
$36,206
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.

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Northwest

$16.50
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High
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

$29,240

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$36,788

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

New Brunswick

$29,240

Newfoundland

$33,008

Prince Edward Island

$38,382

Nova Scotia

$31,974

Canada

$38,500
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

66
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-8
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

73
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

183
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-54
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

236