Machine Operators in Mineral and Metal Products Processing and Manufacturing

(NOC 9411, 9412, 9413, 9414, 9415, 9416, 9417, 9418)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

This group includes many machine-related jobs that require some skill and are generally performed inside a building. These workers assist with repairs and maintenance of machinery; feed conveyors and other equipment; handle materials; monitor machine operations; and clean work areas. They are employed by a wide variety of processing and manufacturing operations.

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 a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. 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. Machine Operators in Mineral and Metal Products Processing and Manufacturing most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 64% of Machine Operators in Mineral and Metal Products Processing and Manufacturing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $46,121. 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

$12.00

Minimum

$19.00

Median

$26.44

Maximum

Annual Pay

$11,415

Minimum

$38,697

Median

$57,721

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

This group includes many machine-related jobs that require some skill and are generally performed inside a building. These workers assist with repairs and maintenance of machinery; feed conveyors and other equipment; handle materials; monitor machine operations; and clean work areas. They are employed by a wide variety of processing and manufacturing operations.

Job duties

Machine operators, mineral and metal processing and manufacturing, perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up, prepare and adjust equipment and machinery to carry out one step in the overall mineral or metal processing operation.
  • Observe gauges, meters, computer printouts, video monitors and products to ensure correct operation of machine and verify specified processing conditions.
  • Study job orders and interpret blueprints to determine machining operations to be performed.
  • Make adjustments to machinery as required.
  • Record production information and complete reports.
  • Fit and assemble components using hand and power tools.
  • Clean, polish, file or otherwise finish products.
  • Check products for quality and other specifications.
  • May clean and lubricate machinery.
  • May assist with machinery maintenance or repair.
  • May document work completed.

The following is a summary of the main duties for some foundry workers:

  • Manual mouldmakers make and repair sand moulds using patterns, moulding boxes, sand and hand tools following bench, floor or pit moulding methods; operate ovens to dry moulds; may pour molten metal into moulds to produce metal castings.
  • Manual coremakers make cores for use inside moulds to form holes or void spaces in castings using core boxes, sand, hammer and wire or other reinforcing material; coat cores with protective materials and bake cores in oven.
  • Machine mouldmakers and coremakers set up, adjust and operate various mouldmaking and coremaking machines to make sand and ceramics moulds and cores.
  • Metal casters set up and operate various casting machines to cast ferrous and non-ferrous metal products; hand ladle and pour molten metal into moulds to produce castings.
  • Foundry furnace operators operate furnaces used to melt metals for moulding and casting.
  • Inspectors and testers inspect products at various stages of processing to ensure adherence to specifications; grade and label raw materials or finished products according to size, thickness, composition or other classification standards; and take samples of products during or after processing operation for routine analysis or for subsequent laboratory analysis.

The following is a summary of the main duties for some glass forming, finishing, and cutting workers:

  • Glass process control operators operate multi-function process control machinery to mix and melt raw materials; heat, anneal, temper or form float glass or glass products; and coat glass with silver or other metals and materials; observe gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Glass forming machine operators set up and adjust automatic glass feeding, flowing and forming machines; operate and maintain machines that press or blow molten glass in moulds to form or shape containers, such as bottles, jars and drinking glasses; and operate electric kilns that heat glass sheets and mould to the shape and curve of metal jigs.
  • Glass finishing machine operators set up and adjust glass and glass-product finishing machines; operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash or polish glass or glass products; and visually inspect products for quality.
  • Glass cutters jig and measure and mark glass or place pattern on or under glass for cutting; examine and mark defective glass to obtain best cut; cut glass along marked outlines or around pattern using hand tools; smooth rough edges using belt sander or smoothing wheels; and set up, operate and adjust computerized or robotic glass cutting equipment.

Sample job titles

  • aluminum sheet cutter - metal fabrication
  • bottle maker operator - glass and glass products
  • brick and tile inspector
  • concrete products tester
  • foundry worker
  • glass worker - glass products manufacturing
  • machine operator - mineral and metal processing
  • machine tool setter
  • metal products manufacturing machine operator
  • stonecutter - stone products

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must be accurate and attentive to detail. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

Generally, work is carried out in shifts at various hours of the day. Previous experience as a machine or process operator, helper or labourer often in the same company is usually required as an entry point for this position. Mobility is possible among the various types of machine operators in this group with the exception of those within the mineral and metal processing and metalworking industries. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Experienced machining tool operators may become machinists or tool and die makers through apprenticeship training.

By the numbers

Quick look

465

employed in 2016

94.5%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

13.4%
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86.6%
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42.5

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?

30.4%

Halifax

22.3%

Southern

20.5%

Northern

15.2%

Annapolis Valley

10.7%

Cape Breton

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

17.2%

Manufactured Mineral Products

17.2%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

13.1%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

12.1%

Construction

8.1%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

28.8%

25-34

28.8%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

13.6%

35-44

6.8%

15-24

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

34.9%

High school

$33,345 median annual income
23.9%

College certificate or diploma

$35,545 median annual income
17.4%

Less than high school

$19,288 median annual income
8.3%

Trades certificate

$36,828 median annual income
6.4%

Bachelor's degree

$33,600 median annual income

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

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

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