Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

NOC
9614

Carry out a variety of general labour and routine wood processing activities and assist pulp mill and papermaking machine operators.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

115
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.95
$13.00
Low
$22.50
High

Median Salary

$29,905
 

Typically Required

On-the-job training

Employed

1,144
 

% Working Full Time

93%
 

% Working Full Year

60%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Labourers in this unit group carry out a variety of general labouring and routine wood processing activities and assist pulp mill and papermaking machine operators. They are employed by pulp and paper, and paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.

Main Duties

Labourers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Feed logs onto conveyor and into hopper of grinding machine and align logs manually, using crowbar, picaroon or other tools and equipment
  • Load wood chips, pulpwood, sulphur and other processing materials onto conveyors or processing tanks, remove recyclable paper and pulp from pulp and papermaking machines and transport recyclable paper and pulp to plant processing machines and equipment using forklift or other powered equipment
  • Sort, pile and transport lumber, veneer sheets, panelboards and similar wood products during various stages of wood processing, manually or with powered equipment
  • Remove scrap lumber and wood chips for reprocessing using forklift or other powered equipment
  • Feed conveyors, saws, drying machines and other equipment to process lumber, shingles, veneer, plywood and similar wood products
  • Clean wood processing machines and equipment and work areas using shovels, hoses and other tools
  • Assist other wood processing workers to operate, maintain and repair various machines and equipment and carry out other wood processing activities.

Also Known As

  • beater operator helper - pulp and paper
  • chip bin attendant - wood processing
  • conveyor cleaner - pulp and paper
  • green wood chainman/woman - wood processing
  • grinder feeder - pulp and paper
  • labourer - pulp and paper
  • labourer - wood processing
  • lumber straightener - wood processing
  • plywood dryer feeder
  • sheeter helper - pulp and paper
  • utility man/woman - pulp and paper
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required by the pulp and paper industry and by other large employers.

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.

Data legend

15.6%
Female
84.4%
Male
Employment by age

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

Data legend

22.7%
15-24
16.6%
25-34
16.6%
35-44
21.0%
45-54
22.1%
55-64
1.1%
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.

Data legend

20.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
47.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
10.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
19.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.7%
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.

Data legend

92.1%
Manufacturing
3.4%
Wholesale trade
1.1%
Retail trade
3.4%
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

39.10%
Northeast
10.10%
Southeast
11.20%
Southwest
14.00%
Central
25.70%
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.

Data legend

$35,865
Northeast
$24,672
Southeast
$61,219
Southwest
$29,920
Central
$32,717
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.

Northeast

$19.00
$15.40
Low
$26.36
High

Southeast

$16.25
$13.50
Low
$19.17
High
No Data Available

Central

$17.95
$13.00
Low
$22.50
High

Northwest

$17.21
$14.00
Low
$20.18
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

$29,905

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$43,183

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

New Brunswick

$29,905

Newfoundland

$13,217

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$30,426

Canada

$32,640
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

115
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-6
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

121
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

274
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-107
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

380