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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9618 Occupation: Labourers in fish and seafood processing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Labourers in this unit group perform clean-up, packaging, material handling and other elemental activities related to fish and seafood processing. They are employed in fish and seafood processing and packaging plants. Labourers in this unit group perform clean-up, packaging, material handling and other elemental activities related to fish and seafood processing. They are employed in fish and seafood processing and packaging 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
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 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
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes from co-workers with directions for tasks to be performed on the next shift. (1)
  • Read company procedures. (2)
  • Read catalogues for information on new products and processes. (2)
  • Read memos posted on the bulletin board concerning changes in policies or dates of meetings, such as union meetings. (2)
  • Read instructions for operating equipment. (2)
  • Refer to manuals such as the forklift manual or the dangerous goods manual. (3)
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  • Write changes on worksheets, such as recording the substitution of materials. (1)
  • Write notes to co-workers to document problems, such as a machine breakdown and write notes to mechanics describing the circumstances of the breakdown. (1)
  • Complete work orders and invoices. (1)
  • Make log book entries to record tasks completed. (1)
  • Write memos to managers to order equipment and give reasons why it is needed. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read labels on supplies such as paints and chemicals. (1)
  • Read shipping and receiving forms and packing slips. (2)
  • Enter numerical information about processes into operators' reports. (2)
  • Refer to shift schedules and work orders. (2)
  • Complete forms such as tally sheets to document information on different products. (2)
  • Refer to production charts. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings for machines, such as moulding machines. (3)
  • Interpret scale drawings such as blueprints of gas lines or pipe systems. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment to monitor processes, such as casting. (1)
  • Use computerized equipment, such as weigh scales or labelling machines. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with supervisors to receive work orders. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to exchange information about tasks and to co-ordinate work. (1)
  • Communicate with suppliers to get more information about their products. (1)
  • Talk with customers to take orders or to answer questions about products and shipping. (1)
  • Talk to truck drivers and railroad workers to get information or arrange for pickups. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss conflicts. (2)
  • Communicate with co-workers regarding safety issues such as methods for extinguishing fires. (2)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss improvements in processes. (2)
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Money Math
  • Make small supply purchases for the company and receive change. (1)
  • Prepare invoices for customers. This may involve calculating taxes and applying discounts. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule the time required to complete different tasks or determine the costs of material for a budget. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Weigh containers full of products to ensure they meet packaging weight standards. (1)
  • Measure the level of moisture in the final processed product. For example, take a wet sample and weigh it, dry it in the oven for three to four hours, weigh it again and subtract the two numbers to get the moisture reading. (2)
  • Measure the density of a brew using a hydrometer and calculate the percentage of alcohol content. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Monitor changes in temperature and pressure over a number of days to identify trends which may have an impact on product quality. (3)
  • Plot changes to readings of pH levels in order to see patterns which may indicate potential problems in water treatment. Take action, such as adding or lowering percentages of lime, based on the readings. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the appropriate amount of material to load into a machine, such as a fabric dyer machine. (1)
  • Estimate the changes in time and temperature which will be required to correct a production fault. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Labourers in fish processing follow priorities set by supervisors and sequence their tasks within that framework. Their tasks are generally repetitive. Disruptions may occur, such as the introduction of rush orders which cause their tasks to be reprioritized. Utilities labourers often work outdoors and face additional adjustments in their daily planning because of adverse weather conditions. Job task planning and organizing is often affected by factors outside the workers' control. For example, fish processing labourers' job task planning and organizing is affected by the number of boats which come in. In days of heavy volume it is important for them to be well organized so that fish lots are not mixed up. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide where to store items and when to begin clean up tasks. (1)
  • Decide what tools are most appropriate to fix a particular type of mechanical failure. Use of the wrong tool can damage machines. (2)
  • Decide when to shut down machines which are not operating properly. (2)
  • Decide when to get additional materials to the production area. This decision is important since a bad decision can lead to production slowdowns because of lack of stock. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • It is found that a product is not up to standard. Meet with operators and production managers to determine how the problem can be corrected. (2)
  • Conveyor belts have been shut down. Look for the source of the problem, such as broken parts or the accidental tripping of a switch. If the belts cannot be immediately restarted, deal with products manually until repairs have been completed. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Contact co-workers by phone to get information on production schedules and delays. (1)
  • Look at product specifications books to get information on changes which have been made to manufacturing and product specifications. (2)
  • Refer to the index of catalogues to find information on products. (2)
  • Contact managers and quality control workers to obtain information about process improvements. (2)
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