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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9414 Occupation: Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes workers who cast and finish concrete products, operate machines to extrude, mould, press and bake clay products, and operate machines to form, cut and finish stone products. They are employed by concrete, clay and stone products manufacturing companies. This unit group includes workers who cast and finish concrete products, operate machines to extrude, mould, press and bake clay products, and operate machines to form, cut and finish stone products. They are employed by concrete, clay and stone products manufacturing companies.

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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
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read work orders which describe specifications for particular jobs. (1)
  • Read information sheets from suppliers and trade magazines to learn about new products and techniques. (2)
  • Read company policies, procedures and safety requirements. (2)
  • Read letters from customers, such as letters regarding monument design. (2)
  • Read memos from supervisors concerning quality control. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) manuals to learn how to handle specific chemicals. (3)
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Writing
  • Write in a log to record information such as problems with equipment or shortages of supplies. (1)
  • Write a note to a customer to clarify a design. (1)
  • Complete change forms to record modifications made to the original work orders. (1)
  • Write notes to recall important production details. (1)
  • Write work orders or contract forms to record design details and quantities of products ordered. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read codes on machine control keypads. (1)
  • Complete timesheet, recording the work done on each project. (2)
  • Read lists outlining job specifications. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as production reports, quality control forms and concrete test forms. (2)
  • Read work orders to record dimensions, colours and other requirements. (2)
  • Refer to schematic drawings of machines. (3)
  • Refer to graphs showing production information. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use other computer applications. For example, use a computer-controlled batch plant system to monitor and control the concrete making process. (1)
  • Use graphics software. For example, use a graphics program to design stencils to apply to monument stones. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with truck drivers about the loads they are delivering. (1)
  • Shout instructions to crane operators and labourers some distance away. (1)
  • Interact with customers to give them quotes on jobs and to negotiate delivery times. (1)
  • Communicate with co-workers to co-ordinate tasks and to discuss production processes. (1)
  • Interact with forepersons to receive work orders and to discuss deliveries of supplies. (1)
  • Talk to suppliers to get information about new products. (2)
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Money Math
  • Prepare price quotes for customers using a price list and an hourly rate and applying taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep track of the number of supplies for a work area, making sure there are enough raw materials each day to complete the jobs scheduled to run on the machine. (1)
  • Schedule the length of time which will be required to complete each stage of multi-week projects. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure lengths of rebar to cut for a particular mould using a tape measure. (1)
  • Weigh newly produced concrete blocks and compare the results with the specifications outlined on the work order. (1)
  • Calculate the number of cubic metres of clay required to fill a mould and the volume of concrete needed to make a base for a stone statue. (2)
  • Calculate the amount of aggregate, cement and water needed to fill an order. (2)
  • Measure and calculate the area of a monument face, the dimensions of various types of lettering and shapes that are to be fit into that area and the length and radius of the curved lines that are elements of the monument design. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the average amount of pipe produced at the station each day. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of water there is in a load of sand in order to plan how much more water needs to be added when making cement. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time it will take to produce a specified number of panels of pre-cast concrete. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Concrete, clay and stone forming operators receive general work orders from foremen or lead hands and then do their own planning of how to carry out the tasks within the scheduled deadlines. Their work follows a routine. They co-ordinate their tasks with crane operators and labourers who are responsible for moving and stowing raw materials and finished products. Interruptions in the rhythm of the work may take place due to the arrival of rush orders. In addition, operators may need to modify their work plan to respond to unanticipated problems, such as breakage of a piece of stone or marble they are working on or breakdown of machinery. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what tools to use to polish a substance such as marble. (1)
  • Decide what supplies to order based on both present and upcoming jobs. (2)
  • Decide on the priority of the forms to be poured each day. (2)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject a stone from a supplier which has streaks or a crumbly surface. If a faulty product is accepted, products could chip or erode and may have to be re-made. (2)
  • Decide when a batch of concrete is ready to be poured, based on its moisture and consistency. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Too much water has been added to a batch. Add amounts of dry material to adjust the consistency. (1)
  • A mix appears to be the wrong consistency, even though the computer readout does not indicate a problem. Investigate possible causes, such as water from wet rock causing too great an increase in the water volume in the mix. This kind of problem must be solved because products made with concrete containing too much water can fall apart. (2)
  • The overhead hoist has lost power. Look for causes, such as a blown fuse or too much exposure to concrete spray. Fix the hoist by yourself (if possible), call a mechanic or send it back to the construction rental firm. (2)
  • A request has been received to create a monument on a different type of stone than has been used in the past. Consider how the difference in colour and surface porosity will affect the end result. You look for examples of designs which others have used on this type of stone, and may do some preliminary tests before beginning the job. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Look at computer screens to get information on a concrete mix in progress. (1)
  • Refer to manuals for information on concrete technology. (2)
  • Do library research to locate symbols, designs and patterns which customers may want carved on monuments. (3)
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