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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9411 Occupation: Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this unit group operate machinery to process mineral ore and metal. They are employed in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries and cement processing plants. Workers in this unit group operate machinery to process mineral ore and metal. They are employed in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries and cement processing plants.

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

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  • Read logbook entries, e.g. read logbook entries to learn about activities on other shifts. (1)
  • Read short text entries on a variety of forms, e.g. read comments on inspection forms to learn about equipment faults. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs and labels, e.g. read labels on electrical panels to learn about electrical shock hazards. (1)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from supervisors to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (2)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read procedures for locking out equipment and step-by-step instructions for monitoring process-control systems. (2)
  • Read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of solvents and their possible hazards. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to operate equipment, such as grinding mills, and troubleshoot their faults. (3)
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  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them of notable events, such as equipment failures. (1)
  • Write short reports to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing workers' compensation board forms. (2)
  • Write comments in forms, e.g. write comments in non-conformity reports to explain why production targets were missed. (2)
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Document Use
  • Observe symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) icons to locate the hazardous properties of chemicals, such as acids. (1)
  • Scan labels and tags on equipment and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (1)
  • Locate data, such as energy readings, speeds, pressures, settings and error codes, on gauges and digital displays. (1)
  • Locate data in tables, e.g. locate data, such as pot numbers, voltages, concentrations, flows and temperatures, in specification tables. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, times and concentration levels, into hazard assessment and system monitoring forms. (2)
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. study assembly drawings to learn how to disassemble and assemble equipment. (2)
  • Study process-control diagrams, e.g. scan production graphs generated by process-control systems to locate data, such as capacities, flows, concentrations and temperatures. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use statistical analysis software to generate graphs and charts that present production outputs. (1)
  • Use hand-held electronic devices like volt meters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (1)
  • Use specialized software to monitor and operate computerized process-control systems. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use databases to access and complete forms. (1)
  • Use computerized maintenance management systems to retrieve maintenance schedules. (1)
  • Use spreadsheet software to track inventory and supplies used. (1)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers, associations and employers. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with co-workers. (2)
  • Use spreadsheets to monitor readings at different points within mining processes. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to announcements over two-way radios. (1)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. talk with co-workers about the performance of equipment and with supervisors to coordinate activities and schedules. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information with co-workers and equipment repairers, e.g. describe the operating condition of malfunctioning equipment to repairers, such as industrial electricians. (2)
  • Participate in group discussions, e.g. participate in toolbox meetings to discuss safe work practices and the outcomes of job hazard assessments. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure dimensions and angles using basic measuring tools, such as tape measures and angle gauges. (1)
  • Measure out quantities and weigh chemical compounds, e.g. measure out quantities of chemicals before transferring them to tanks. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of speeds, flows, temperature, angles, dimensions and clearances to specifications. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate efficiency levels by averaging production over set periods of time. (2)
  • Analyze data sets to establish optimal equipment settings, e.g. use production and quality control statistics to determine equipment's optimal speeds and rates of production. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the depth of molten metal in a cruse. (1)
  • Estimate the speed of conveyors in order to calculate the time it will take to fill containers. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Machine operators, mineral and metal processing, receive instructions from forepersons and then plan their own priorities to complete tasks. They co-ordinate their activities with co-workers to maximize efficiency. While many tasks are routine, there can be emergencies that require immediate attention, such as the malfunction of cells. (1)
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Decision Making
  • Decide order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which equipment maintenance activities to complete first. (1)
  • Decide upon process-control changes needed to ensure that plant systems and equipment are operating within prescribed limits. (2)
  • Decide to scrap production that does not meet specifications. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter material shortages. Inform supervisors of the shortages and perform other work until the necessary supplies arrive. (1)
  • Encounter delays due to equipment malfunctions. Inform co-workers and equipment repairers about the malfunctions. Help troubleshoot the causes of the malfunctions and assist with repairs where possible. (2)
  • Experience product defects. Consult with supervisors and quality assurance personnel to determine next steps, adjust equipment settings and complete product defect reports. (2)
  • Encounter unsafe work conditions. Look for ways to perform your tasks safely. Refuse tasks that cannot be completed safely. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Learn about the activities that took place on other shifts by reading logbook entries and speaking with co-workers. (1)
  • Find information on the operation and maintenance of equipment by reading logbook entries, instruction manuals and by speaking with co-workers, suppliers and repairers. (2)
  • Learn about worksite hazards by reviewing jobsite hazard assessment forms, conducting safety inspections and speaking with co-workers. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the accuracy of readings taken using equipment, such as pH testers. Compare readings taken with other types of equipment. (1)
  • Evaluate the performance of equipment, such as conveyor belts and grinding mills. Consider multiple test results and signs of malfunctions, such as excessive vibrations, unusual noises and odours. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Consider the hazards presented by chemicals, equipment, confined spaces and working at heights. (2)
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