Central Control and Process Operators in Processing and Manufacturing

(NOC 9231, 9232, 9235)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

These individuals operate process control machinery and equipment in industries such as refineries, steel mills, chemical plants, and pulp mills. They are employed in mineral and metal processing plants, pulp and paper companies and petroleum, gas and chemical plants.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Central Control and Process Operators in Processing and Manufacturing most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 56% of Central Control and Process Operators in Processing and Manufacturing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $61,419. 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

$22.33

Minimum

$28.00

Median

$44.07

Maximum

Annual Pay

$28,094

Minimum

$58,833

Median

$181,013

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These individuals operate process control machinery and equipment in industries such as refineries, steel mills, chemical plants, and pulp mills. They are employed in mineral and metal processing plants, pulp and paper companies and petroleum, gas and chemical plants.

Job duties

Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing, perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Coordinate and monitor the operation of a particular aspect of mineral ore, metal and cement processing production through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems, usually from a central control room.
  • Operate multi-function central process control machinery to grind, separate, filter, melt, roast, treat, refine or otherwise process mineral ores.
  • Observe computer printouts, video monitors and gauges to verify specified processing conditions and to make necessary adjustments.
  • Coordinate and supervise production crew such as machine and process operators, tenders, assistants and helpers.
  • Start up and shut down the production system in cases of emergency or as required by schedule.
  • Provide or organize training for members of production crew.
  • Maintain shift log of production and other data and prepare production and other reports.

Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units.
  • Control process start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting.
  • Monitor outside process equipment.
  • Adjust equipment, valves, pumps and controls and process equipment.
  • Authorize or co-sign maintenance work orders.
  • Shut down, isolate and prepare process units or production equipment for maintenance.
  • Sample products, perform tests, record data, carry out statistical process control on process operations, and write production logs.
  • Develop operator procedures for normal operation, start-up or shut-down of unit.
  • Participate in safety audits and programs and provide emergency response when required.
  • Ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations.
  • May rotate between different processing units during shift cycles.
  • May work in a team with shared supervisory responsibilities and participate in training other workers.
  • May be cross-trained in a skilled trade and work in the trade during shift cycles.

Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate, coordinate and monitor pulping, papermaking and papercoating process equipment from central control room or machine consoles and control panels in equipment cabins to control process operations and machinery in the production of pulp and paper.
  • Control the processing of wood, scrap pulp, recyclable paper, cellulose materials, pulp paper and paperboard and monitor the chemical and physical process operations using a distributed control system and process computers.
  • Observe panel indicators, gauges, video monitors and other instruments to detect equipment malfunctions and ensure pulping, papermaking and coating processes are operating according to process specifications.
  • Analyze instrument readings and production test samples and make adjustments or direct other pulp mill, papermaking and finishing machine operators to make adjustments to pulp production, papermaking and coating process and equipment as required.
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Sample job titles

  • chemical process operator
  • control room operator - primary metal processing
  • furnace operator - primary metal and mineral products processing
  • paper maker
  • petroleum process operator
  • process operator - primary metal and mineral products processing
  • process technician - chemical processing
  • pulping technician
  • refinery process technician
  • steel heater operator

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible and alert. Mechanical aptitude and strong computer skills are important. You must be able to work as part of a team.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • A college diploma in a related subject may be required for some positions in this group.
  • On-the-job training and formal company training is usually provided.
  • Company certification as a petroleum process operator or technician may be required.
  • A competency certificate in natural gas may be required.
  • Certification in the transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), industrial first aid, firefighting, or workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) may be required.
  • A provincial stationary engineer licence, compressor operator or refrigeration certificate may be required when certain kinds of equipment are included in the process.

Other considerations

Several years of experience as a machine or process operator, usually in the same company or production department, are required for entry. There is considerable mobility among jobs within a company, often as part of a formal development or training program. Progression to supervisory or managerial positions is possible with experience. Mobility to other petroleum or chemical processing plants is possible, but may be limited by the usual practice of training and promoting workers from within the establishment. Some jobs in this group may involve exposure to hazards of toxic, flammable or explosive chemicals and personal protective equipment may be required.

By the numbers

Quick look

245

employed in 2016

98.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

3.8%
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96.2%
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46

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

30.2%

Cape Breton

28.3%

Halifax

22.6%

Northern

15.1%

Annapolis Valley

5.7%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

19.6%

Paper Manufacturing

13.7%

Wholesale Trade

13.7%

Oil and Gas Extraction

7.8%

Support for Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

5.9%

Manufactured Mineral Products

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

35-44

28.0%

45-54

20.4%

55-64

15.1%

25-34

7.5%

15-24

3.2%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

45.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
28.3%

High school

N/A
15.1%

Trades certificate

N/A
3.8%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Forest technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. These programs include courses in woods and field skills, tree identification, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest firefighting, resource management, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Industrial mechanics and maintenance technology

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair and maintain industrial machinery and equipment such as cranes, pumps, engines and motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, production machinery, marine deck machinery, and steam propulsion, refinery, and pipeline-distribution systems.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Carpenter Millwright Trades College (CMTC) Inc.

1000 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 0C2

(902) 252-3553

Stationary energy sources installer and operator (Canada)

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair, operate, and maintain large power sources that could include generating electricity and heat.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
PO Box 697, 5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Tel: (902) 424-5300
Forest Products Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 410
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 563-1441
Fax: (613) 563-4720

Additional resources

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Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.