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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9418 Occupation: Other metal products machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes metal products machine operators, not elsewhere classified, who operate one or more automatic or multi-purpose machines to produce a variety of metal parts and products, such as wire mesh, nails, bolts and chains. They are employed by a wide variety of metal products manufacturing companies. This unit group includes metal products machine operators, not elsewhere classified, who operate one or more automatic or multi-purpose machines to produce a variety of metal parts and products, such as wire mesh, nails, bolts and chains. They are employed by a wide variety of metal 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
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 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 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes or email messages from other workers in the plant. (1)
  • Read instruction sheets about machine operation. (2)
  • Read lockout procedures in the Standard Operating Procedures Manual. (2)
  • Read memos from management about safety standards and changes in procedures. (2)
  • Read maintenance manuals to learn how to maintain and repair a variety of machines. (3)
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  • Write comments in the operators' log to note production problems and to record repairs done on machines. (1)
  • Write reminder notes about tasks to be carried out. (1)
  • Write notes to workers on the next shift to inform them of problems such as a broken die. (1)
  • Write lists of maintenance requirements for upcoming shutdowns. (1)
  • Complete reports to account for lost production time. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read lists of metal parts to check on their availability for a repair. (1)
  • Read labels on products such as wire coils. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (2)
  • Read work orders and specification sheets to find out the number of pieces to be produced and their dimensions. (2)
  • Read charts such as the drill chart which shows the number and sizes of drills. (2)
  • Read production schedules. (2)
  • Recognize common angles such as a 45° bevel on the end of a piece. (2)
  • Complete forms such as scrap reports. (2)
  • Take measurements from blueprints and interpret scale drawings to form pieces such as brackets. (3)
  • Refer to assembly drawings to carry out maintenance operations. (3)
  • Read statistical process control (SPC) graphs in order to adjust machines. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-operated machinery. For example, respond to prompts on the screens of computer-controlled machines. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Exchange information with co-workers concerning progress in production. (1)
  • Listen for signals from the forklift operators when working with them to load a wire coil onto the machine. (1)
  • Signal or yell to other operators to stand aside when operating forklifts. (1)
  • Interact with quality assurance managers to discuss process improvements. (2)
  • Communicate with supervisors to discuss production problems or clarify orders. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers as a lead hand to provide instructions at the beginning of the shift. (2)
  • Communicate with mechanics about machine repairs. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure pieces of metal in order to cut them to sizes specified in the layout. (1)
  • Measure the angles of metal with a protractor when putting bends in the metal and check blueprints for accuracy. (2)
  • Calculate tolerances of manufacturing equipment to thousandths of an inch. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Monitor shank inspection records to compare actual measurements to required measurements. (1)
  • Perform statistical process control (SPC) calculations and plot them on a graph every hour. (2)
  • Analyze a variety of charts and graphs displaying average production downtimes and material usage. Make process changes based on the results. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate when to reload a machine with material such as steel rods. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time a machine will operate before adjustments are needed. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Metal products machine operators in this group generally receive their schedule from supervisors but prioritize their own tasks within that schedule. Work is often varied because of the uniqueness of many orders. They plan their work days to take into account that co-workers may need to use the same machines and that machines should be running at all times to stay productive. They also organize their work in relation to the needs of other departments, which may be waiting for their production in order to carry out their tasks. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to take quality spot checks which must occur twice during a shift. (1)
  • Decide when to shut down a machine which is operating erratically, such as spewing out metal. (2)
  • Decide what materials to order and when the orders should be placed. (2)
  • Decide whether to continue to make products which are only slightly off specifications or whether to scrap them. (2)
  • Decide when a machine needs to be replaced. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A tool has not been tooled to the right tolerance. Call on the toolmaker to make corrections. (1)
  • There is a faulty wire in the middle of a coil. Check the coil to see if there is good wire further down. Return the coil to the manufacturer if the problem is considered to be serious. (2)
  • A machine has overheated. Verify the levels of liquids and check passages to see whether pieces of metal are stuck in the machine. The machine may have to be taken apart to unblock it. (2)
  • Intermittent problems with a machine have occurred. Try to diagnose the malfunction using computer equipment and apply step-by-step troubleshooting until the source of the problem is located. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Use on-line production information systems to check production volume and error codes. (1)
  • Use a drafting book to look up by the product code number the draft record for that product. (1)
  • Find machine repair information in technical manuals. (2)
  • Take pieces or drawings to co-workers or supervisors to consult with them about why the pieces do not fit. (2)
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