Process Control and Machine Operators in Food and Beverage Processing

(NOC 9461)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Process control and machine operators in this group operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food and beverage products. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries, and other food and beverage processing establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 40 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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 Food, Beverage, and Associated Products Processing most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 54% of Machine Operators in Food, Beverage, and Associated Products Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $45,034. 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

$11.50

Minimum

$18.00

Median

$22.72

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,252

Minimum

$31,892

Median

$63,392

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

Process control and machine operators in this group operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food and beverage products. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries, and other food and beverage processing establishments.

Job duties

Process control operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to grind, extract, mix, blend, cook or otherwise process food products and to bag, box or otherwise package food products.
  • Operate multi-function process control machinery to grind, extract, mix, blend, distill, ferment or otherwise process alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and to bottle, can or otherwise package beverages.
  • Observe gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments to process variables such as cooking times, ingredient inputs, flow rates and temperature settings.
  • Maintain shift log of production and other data.

Machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and adjust processing and packaging machines preparatory to operation.
  • Operate single-function machines to grind, extract, mix, blend, dry, freeze, cook, or otherwise process food, beverage or associated products.
  • Operate single-function machines to box, can or otherwise package food, beverage or associated products.
  • Check products to ensure conformance to company standards and clear machine blockages as required.
  • Record production information such as quantity, weight, size, date and type of products packaged.
  • Perform corrective machine adjustments, clean machines and immediate work areas

Sample job titles

  • brewery worker
  • cheese maker
  • cider maker
  • coffee roaster
  • dairy plant machine operator
  • fruit and vegetable machine operator
  • packaging machine operator - food processing
  • press operator - food and beverage processing
  • process control operator - food and beverage processing
  • winemaker - food and beverage processing

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 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

Shift work may be typical for many of these jobs. Experience as a labourer in food, beverage or associated products processing may be required for machine operators while experience as a machine operator in food, beverage or associated products processing is usually required for industrial process control operators. There is little mobility among the various types of process control operators within the food and beverage processing industry while mobility options exist among machine operators within the food, beverage and associated products processing. Process control operators may progress to supervisory positions in food and beverage processing with experience while machine operators may progress to process control operation or supervisory positions with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

550

employed in 2016

89.9%

employed full-time

6.4%

self employed

27.5%
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72.5%
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39.2

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?

31.9%

Halifax

26.8%

Annapolis Valley

22.5%

Northern

11.6%

Southern

6.5%

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

74.5%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

5.5%

Retail Trade

5.5%

Accommodation and Food Services

4.5%

Agriculture

4.5%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

26.1%

25-34

21.7%

15-24

19.6%

45-54

19.6%

55-64

10.9%

35-44

4.3%

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

49.2%

High school

$15,366 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$11,773 median annual income
11.4%

College certificate or diploma

$21,882 median annual income
8.3%

Bachelor's degree

$26,434 median annual income
7.6%

Trades certificate

$25,074 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

Food & Consumer Products of Canada
100 Sheppard Ave E #600
Toronto, ON
Tel: (416) 510-8024
Fax: (416) 510-8043

Additional resources

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