Mineral and Metal Processing Supervisors

(NOC 9211)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Mineral and metal processing supervisors supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in mineral and metal processing and manufacturing. They work for mineral ore and metal processing plants like copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
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This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Supervisors in Mineral and Metal Processing most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 53% of Supervisors in Mineral and Metal Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $60,023. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$25.00

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$51,862

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Mineral and metal processing supervisors supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in mineral and metal processing and manufacturing. They work for mineral ore and metal processing plants like copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries.

Job duties

Supervisors in processing and manufacturing:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend staffing actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Sample job titles

  • blast furnace foreman/woman
  • brick and tile foreman/woman
  • cement processing supervisor
  • coremaking foreman/woman - foundary
  • die casting supervsior
  • glas cutters supervisor
  • lead refining foreman/woman
  • lime preparation foreman/woman
  • melting and roasting department supervisor
  • ore milling supervisor
  • roll shop operations coach - steel mill
  • steel mill shift coordinator

Skills

You must be able to supervise staff, work with teams, communicate effectively, and maintain production schedules. Problem-solving, technical writing, and computer skills are important. For some jobs, physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • College courses in metallurgy, sciences or a related field may be required for some jobs in this group.
  • Several years of experience in metal manufacturing or mineral/metal processing environment are usually required.

Other considerations

Several years of experience as a worker in the job being supervised are usually required as an entry point to supervision. There is some movement between this group of jobs when producing similar products or with similar technological or licensing requirements. Movement to managerial positions is also possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

85

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

11.8%
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88.2%
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48.1

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.3%

Halifax

23.5%

North Shore

17.6%

Annapolis Valley

11.8%

Southern

11.8%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

58.8%

Manufacturing

17.6%

Wholesale trade

11.8%

Construction

11.8%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

What is the age of Employment?

50.0%

35-44

31.0%

45-54

19.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

29.4%

Trade Certification

N/A
29.4%

High school

N/A
17.6%

Less than high school

N/A
11.8%

College Diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to the identification and resolution of production problems in the manufacture of products. They include courses in machine operations, production line operations, engineering analysis, systems analysis, instrumentation, physical controls, automation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), manufacturing planning, quality control, and informational infrastructure.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

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