Machine operators run and monitor single-function machines to prepare/treat mineral ore and metal products.
A. Foundry workers make moulds/cores by hand or machine, pour molten metal into moulds to produce castings, and operate furnaces to melt metals.
B. Glass forming and finishing operators run and monitor single-/multi-function machines to produce glass, glassware, bottles, and other glass products.
C. Glass cutters hand-cut flat glass to specified sizes/shapes.
D. Concrete, clay, and stone forming and finishing operators cast and finish concrete products, and produce concrete, clay, and stone products.
E. Inspectors and testers inspect, grade, sample, and test raw materials/products.
1. Primary metal manufacturing - 28.0%
2. Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing - 24.0%
3. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 12.0%
4. Machinery manufacturing - 7.0%
5. Construction - 5.0%
6. Mining (except oil and gas) - 4.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 3.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. You may also need experience as a labourer, machine operator helper or as another type of helper in your area of work.
3. You may need on-the-job training.
4. To be a mould maker for concrete products, you may need carpentry or woodworking experience for working with wooden forms.
5. To be an inspector or tester, you may need experience as a machine or process operator.
6. Most recent entrants have a either a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
4. Machine Shop
The average hourly wages for Machine Operators and Related Workers in Metal and Mineral Products Processing is $18.47/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.