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NOC Code: NOC Code: 8611 Occupation: Harvesting labourers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Harvesting labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops. Harvesting labourers assist other farm workers to harvest, sort and pack crops.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2

  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
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  • Read short notes, e.g. read handwritten notes from supervisors to receive instructions about daily work tasks. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read warning signs to learn about electrocution and confined space hazards. (1)
  • Read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to find information about the safe use of hazardous materials, such as herbicides and pesticides. (2)
  • Read work permits to learn about repairs being performed on equipment. (2)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions to learn how to complete tasks, such as mix cleaning solutions and perform vehicle inspections. (2)
  • Read trade magazines, newsletters, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on industry trends. (3)
  • Refer to equipment manuals regarding the operation and maintenance of equipment. (3)
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  • Write short text entries in logbooks and forms, e.g. write short comments in logbooks and vehicle inspection and maintenance forms to record the outcomes of safety and equipment inspections. (1)
  • Write short notes to co-workers, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about defective equipment. (1)
  • Write short reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write step-by-step instructions, e.g. write instructions to co-workers explaining how to set-up, use and maintain equipment. (3)
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Document Use
  • Scan meters and digital readouts, e.g. scan readings on scales and equipment gauges to locate weights, energy readings and temperatures. (1)
  • Scan lists, e.g. scan lists to identify part numbers and quantities. (1)
  • Scan signs, icons and labels on product packaging and equipment. (1)
  • Enter data in forms, e.g. complete check boxes and enter data, such as dates, identification numbers and times, in pre-trip vehicle inspection forms and safety checklists. (2)
  • Locate data, such as dates, times and dimensions, in tables. (2)
  • Scan a variety of forms, e.g. scan work orders to locate information, such as dates, times, parts numbers and quantities. (2)
  • Study schematic drawings, e.g. scan schematic drawings to learn about the location of pumps and values for hydraulic systems. (2)
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to learn how to disassemble and assemble equipment, such as pumps. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled machinery to monitor pressures, sonic activities and gases and regulate the application of substances, such as herbicides. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use global positioning systems (GPS) software to determine locations, travel routes and estimated arrival times. (1)
  • Use CD-ROMs and DVDs to access learning materials produced by trainers, suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by trainers, suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
  • Use laptop computers to complete topographical surveys and generate diagrams. (2)
  • Access online information, such as bulletins, posted by suppliers, manufacturers, unions and associations. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with co-workers. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve equipment maintenance schedules and inventory counts. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to calculate harvest amounts and tally costs. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to suppliers, e.g. arrange for the timely delivery of products. (1)
  • Communicate with members of the public, e.g. explain harvesting processes to visitors. (2)
  • Communicate with helpers, e.g. harvesting labourers instruct temporary workers in how to harvest berries. (2)
  • Participate in meetings. (2)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. talk to supervisors to coordinate tasks and with co-workers to discuss risks, safety hazards and instructions. (2)
  • Provide detailed instructions to co-workers, e.g. provide instructions to junior workers about how to perform job tasks and the actions to take in the event of an emergency. (3)
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Money Math
  • Receive payments and make change, e.g. harvesting labourers receive payments from customers. (1)
  • Calculate invoice amounts. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools. (1)
  • Calculate material requirements. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Harvesting labourers respond to priorities set by supervisors, but determine the order of tasks most appropriate to get the job done. Tasks are generally repetitive. The work plan is integrated with those of others within the team. Disruptions may be frequent and related to a variety of causes, such as adverse weather, equipment breakdowns or compromised safety conditions. Tasks are reprioritized in response to emergency situations. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks and the priorities. Decide the order in which to carry out tasks. (1)
  • Decide to report unsafe work conditions. Act on requirements to report unsafe work conditions by discussing concerns and decisions with co-workers and supervisors. (2)
  • Decide how to perform work safely. Consider requirements for personal protective equipment and hazards to yourself and others. (2)
  • Decide how to deal with emergency situations, e.g. decide how to contend with equipment malfunctions that have the potential to injure. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter safety hazards when conducting service calls. Isolate the safety hazards and initiate procedures to protect yourself and others. (1)
  • Encounter shortages of materials, e.g. harvesting labourers may run out of baskets when gathering vegetables. Either borrow baskets from adjoining kiosks or place the product in other types of containers until more baskets are available. (1)
  • You have been asked to perform unsafe work. Speak with your supervisors to clarify their requests and refuse to perform work considered to be unsafe. Follow your legislated right to refuse unsafe work policies until satisfactory outcomes are achieved. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find information on the operation and maintenance of new equipment by looking in equipment instruction manuals and by speaking with co-workers. (1)
  • Find out the schedule of activities by asking co-workers, tradespeople and supervisors and by scanning schedules. (1)
  • Locate information about plant and animal diseases by conducting Web research, referring to manuals and by speaking with supervisors. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of equipment. (2)
  • Evaluate your ability to perform work safely. Consider factors, such as personal fatigue, stress and impairments, such as the fear of heights and confined spaces. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Observe electrical, slipping and fall hazards and the location of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. Take note of other potential hazards, such as improperly stored tools, broken equipment and confined spaces. (2)
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