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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9537c Occupation: Other products machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes all machine operators, not elsewhere classified, who operate machines to cut, press, stamp, mould, treat, finish or otherwise fabricate components or products, such as jewellery, buttons, pencils, crayons, non-prescription lenses, brushes, notions and other miscellaneous products. They are employed by a wide variety of manufacturing companies. This unit group includes all machine operators, not elsewhere classified, who operate machines to cut, press, stamp, mould, treat, finish or otherwise fabricate components or products, such as jewellery, buttons, pencils, crayons, non-prescription lenses, brushes, notions and other miscellaneous products. They are employed by a wide variety of 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
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

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  • Read text on product labels for material composition and instructions. (1)
  • Read memos and notices posted on bulletin boards to stay abreast of company policies and announcements, such as staff changes, and union business, such as meeting dates and times. (2)
  • Read minutes of safety committee meetings to review suggestions and to track the issues forwarded for discussion. (2)
  • Read specifications to prepare for a job by reviewing such information as design and engineering instructions. (2)
  • Read trade magazines and journals to learn about new products and machining techniques. (2)
  • Read manuals to learn how to operate new machines and to troubleshoot problems. (3)
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  • Enter production information on job sheets and other forms to record such information as identification numbers, dates, start and stop times and descriptions of any difficulties encountered. (1)
  • Jot a reminder note to record a key figure, such as the weight of a piece of metal which was melted down. (1)
  • Prepare work orders from the information provided by clients in letters. (2)
  • Write monthly summary reports on production of more than one paragraph in length to record information on productivity, waste and suggestions for improving work processes. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read production tables to plan and organize their work. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels on supplies, such as solvents and coolants, to follow safe handling procedures and read labels on machine controls to adjust them to different settings. (2)
  • Read job sheets at the start of each new job to obtain such information as job numbers, parts numbers, deadlines and machining operations required. (2)
  • Read equivalency tables to use interchangeably tools based on the metric and imperial systems of measurement, such as using the metric equivalent of a 1/4 inch drill. (2)
  • Look at pictures of machines and parts in manuals to make routine changes to machinery attachments. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, operate machines with computer numeric control (CNC) (1)
  • Use a database. For example, input data related to work in progress. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Ccommunicate with other machine operators to discuss production issues, such as quality control standards, upcoming orders and how the equipment is running. (1)
  • Communicate with co-workers in the purchasing department to ensure that stock is purchased in accordance with the company's just-in-time (JIT) inventory system. (1)
  • Interact with forepersons or production supervisors to discuss work schedules, to receive instructions and to seek advice about production problems. (2)
  • Participate in group discussions during production meetings or safety committee meetings. (2)
  • Speak with customers by phone to ensure that they understand custom product specifications. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • May weigh gold to make gold wire for jewellery. (1)
  • Read temperature and hydrogen gauges to ensure that the readings are within specified limits. (1)
  • Measure cardboard boxes to position colour prints or may measure plastic products to mark where grommet holes should be drilled. (1)
  • Calculate the areas of different moulds when determining what combination of moulds of different sizes can fit onto a given size of platen. The objective is to maximize production from each heating. (2)
  • Take precise measurements such as the width of a piece of metal with callipers to ensure it is the correct thickness. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Take an average of a run for statistical process control. For example, run tests to ensure that every box has a handhold that is the right size. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate when a piece of metal has reached its maximum in a bend. This is estimated through feeling and seeing the metal and knowing its tolerance. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of time and quantity of supplies required to complete each job. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Products machine operators in this group perform repetitive tasks but the content of the tasks may vary depending on the work at hand. Work priorities and related deadlines are tied to customer demand and forepersons provide each product machine operator with work order assignments detailing this information. Within this context, products machine operators have wide scope to determine the order of their tasks, sequencing multiple tasks for efficiency and do some planning, for example, ensuring that the necessary tools and supplies are available when needed. Some co-ordinate with the work plans of other machine operators to arrange access to shared equipment, such as airlines. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to advise the purchaser to order more plastic or other supplies, considering the company's just-in-time (JIT) inventory system. (1)
  • Decide whether products are in conformance with quality control standards. (2)
  • Decide on the sequence of tasks to maximize efficiency for the day's work orders, considering how to make the least number of wire or colourant changes as possible. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • A component is thought to be outside the designated specifications. Check the operation of the machine and minor repairs may be made. (1)
  • A machine is not functioning properly. Determine if making adjustments to such factors as cycle time and pressure will compensate for the malfunction on an interim basis or if the machine must be serviced immediately. (2)
  • There is a competing demand for the use of shared machines when trying to complete a high-priority job. Interact with other machine operators to co-ordinate access to the machines in a manner which keeps everyone productive and on deadline. (2)
  • Cardboard boxes are not feeding through the machine with ease. Follow a systematic approach to diagnosing the root cause of the problem by changing one variable at a time until the cause of the problem is isolated. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Look up the status of work orders on databases. (1)
  • Refer to tool catalogues to stay abreast of new products and related pricing. (2)
  • Use materials from manufacturers and suppliers to get information about new technology, such as computer-controlled machines. (2)
  • Refer to equipment and repair manuals to obtain technical information. (2)
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