Concrete, Clay and Stone Forming Operators

(NOC 9414)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Concrete, clay and stone forming operators cast and finish concrete products, operate machines to shape, mould, press and bake clay products, and operate machines to form, cut and finish stone products. They work for concrete, clay and stone products manufacturing companies.

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. Concrete, Clay, and Stone Forming Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 55% of Concrete, Clay, and Stone Forming Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $49,023. 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

$14.50

Minimum

$20.00

Median

$28.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$38,929

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

Concrete, clay and stone forming operators cast and finish concrete products, operate machines to shape, mould, press and bake clay products, and operate machines to form, cut and finish stone products. They work for concrete, clay and stone products manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Concrete products forming and finishing workers:

  • Build clay models and moulds by hand and with hand tools for use in casting concrete products.
  • Build and repair wooden forms used to mould concrete products.
  • Position reinforcing rods or wire mesh in moulds and fill moulds with concrete from suspended pouring buckets.
  • Start vibrating tables to settle concrete, or tamp concrete using electric vibrator.
  • Remove castings from mould with crane or forklift, and finish surfaces of castings using screed or trowel.
  • Cut cured concrete pipe sections with saw or chisel, and cement sections together to form odd, shaped fittings.

Concrete products machine operators:

  • Set up, adjust, and use machines to mix, drill, grind and cut concrete to specifications in the manufacture of concrete products.
  • Check products for quality control, repair flaws, adjust machines, and complete minor maintenance.
  • Move products using forklift, crane, or hydraulic hoist.
  • Record manufacturing information like quantity, size and type of goods produced.

Clay products forming and finishing machine operators:

  • Set up and use automatic machines that mix ingredients, extrude tempered clay mixture and cut extruded clay into sections to make products like bricks, drain tiles and porcelain insulators.
  • Use mechanical or hydraulic ram and hot-presses to form pottery and porcelain.
  • Prepare and mix slip and fill moulds with slip to form pottery and porcelain ware like jugs, cups, sinks and toilet bowls.
  • Operate kiln to bake clay products to specified hardness.

Stone forming and finishing workers:

  • Use blade or wire saws to cut blocks of stone to specified dimensions.
  • Use machines to grind and polish surfaces of stone blocks, slabs or other stone products to specific shape or design and to produce smooth finish.
  • Use sandblasting equipment to cut inscriptions or decorative designs in stone monuments.
  • Finish stone products with spray paint and by mounting plaques or installing concrete bases.
  • Use stone-dressing lathe to sharpen and dress grindstones that grind logs into pulp.
  • Use machine to drill holes in blocks or slabs of stone according to specifications.

Sample job titles

  • asbestos shingle presser
  • brick presser operator
  • clay press operator
  • clay products moulder
  • concrete block maker
  • finisher
  • granite cutter
  • marble cutter
  • press concrete moulder
  • precast concrete slab maker
  • stone driller
  • stone planner
  • stonework moulder

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical ability are important. You must be accurate and 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 necessary.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a helper or labourer in concrete, clay or stone products manufacturing may be required.
  • Mould makers in this unit group who build and repair wooden forms may require some carpentry or woodworking experience.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common in these jobs. Movement is possible between workers within each of the concrete, clay and stone manufacturing sectors, but there is little or no movement between these manufacturing sectors. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

110

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

9.1%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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37.4

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?

47.8%

Halifax

21.7%

North Shore

21.7%

Annapolis Valley

8.7%

Cape Breton

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

52.9%

Manufacturing

47.1%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

35.0%

25-34

26.0%

35-44

17.0%

55-64

13.0%

45-54

9.0%

65+

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

26.1%

Less than high school

N/A
21.7%

High school

N/A
21.7%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
17.4%

Trades certificate

N/A
8.7%

Bachelor's degree

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

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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