Mineral and Metal Processing Labourers

(NOC 9611)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Mineral and metal processing labourers handle materials, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to mineral ore and metal processing. 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
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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. Labourers in Mineral and Metal Processing most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 38% of Labourers in Mineral and Metal Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,429. 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

$14.00

Minimum

$18.30

Median

$32.54

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$21,818

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 labourers handle materials, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to mineral ore and metal processing. 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

Mineral and metal processing labourers:

  • Move raw materials, finished products, scrap and recyclable materials throughout plant manually or using forklift or other powered equipment.
  • Feed conveyors, crushers and other equipment; open valves and start pumps; skim dross from furnaces; sort, stack, bundle and stamp materials; and do other activities to help process and machine operators in mineral ore and metal processing.
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • May help with minor repairs and maintenance.

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Skills

You should have good physical health. You must be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be needed for some positions in this group.

Other considerations

Work in these jobs is generally seasonal. Shifts at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis is common. Movement to machine and process operator positions is possible with experience and there is movement among jobs in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

165

employed in 2016

73.5%

employed full-time

5.9%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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39.9

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?

28.6%

North Shore

22.9%

Halifax

20.0%

Annapolis Valley

17.1%

Cape Breton

11.4%

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

35.0%

Manufacturing

35.0%

Wholesale trade

15.0%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

15.0%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

26.0%

25-34

21.0%

35-44

18.0%

15-24

18.0%

55-64

18.0%

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

38.2%

High school

$11,582 median annual income
38.2%

Less than high school

$21,835 median annual income
14.7%

College certificate or 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 certificate or diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trades certificate

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor's degree

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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