Mineral and Metal Processing Machine Operators

(NOC 9411)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Mineral and metal processing machine operators use machinery to process mineral ore and metal. 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 and cement processing plants.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
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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. Machine Operators in Mineral and Metal Processing most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 56% of Machine Operators in Mineral and Metal Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $56,740. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$47,788

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 machine operators use machinery to process mineral ore and metal. 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 and cement processing plants.

Job duties

Machine operators:

  • Set up, prepare and change mineral ore, metal and cement processing machinery to carry out one step in the overall mineral ore or metal processing operation.
  • Use machinery to grind, separate, filter, mix, treat, cast, roll, refine or otherwise process mineral ores.
  • Watch gauges, meters, computer printouts, video monitors and products to ensure correct operation of machinery and verify processing conditions.
  • Adjust machinery as required.
  • Record production information and complete reports.
  • May help with machinery maintenance or repair.

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  • slurry equipment operator
  • steel roller
  • uranium classifier operator
  • zinc cell operator

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical skill are important. You must be accurate pay attention to detail. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in mineral and metal processing is usually required for machine operators.

Other considerations

Shift work is common in these jobs. There is little movement among the different types of machine operators within the mineral and metal processing industry. With experience, machine operators may move to central control and process operators in mineral and metal processing.

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

87.5%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

12.5%
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87.5%
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43.4

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?

26.7%

Cape Breton

20.0%

Halifax

20.0%

Annapolis Valley

20.0%

North Shore

13.3%

Southern

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

57.1%

Manufacturing

14.3%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

14.3%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

14.3%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

46.0%

35-44

23.0%

55-64

15.0%

25-34

15.0%

45-54

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

31.3%

High school

N/A
25.0%

College Diploma

N/A
25.0%

Less than high school

N/A
25.0%

Trade Certification

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

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