Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9231)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing:

  • operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of mineral ores, metals or cement
  • work in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries
  • also work in uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries and cement processing plants
Common job titles
  • alloy control / purity control
  • bar mill finisher / billet mill
  • blast furnace / crucible
  • caster, central control
  • charger, head
  • chief flotation


Central control and process operators (mineral and metal processing):

  • coordinate and monitor the operation of a particular aspect of mineral ore, metal and cement processing production through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems, usually from a central control room
  • operate multi-function central process control machinery to grind, separate, filter, melt, roast, treat, refine or otherwise process mineral ores
  • look at computer printouts, video monitors and gauges to verify specified processing conditions and to make necessary adjustments
  • coordinate and supervise production crew such as machine and process operators, tenders, assistants and helpers
  • start up and shut down the production system in cases of emergency or as required by schedule
  • train or organize training for members of production crew
  • maintain shift log of production and other data
  • prepare production and other reports

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor setting.
  • Work also takes place in an inside environment where temperatures may vary.
  • The workplace many noisy enough to affect hearing.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, central control and process operators may progress to supervisory positions in mineral and metal processing.

There is little movement among the various types of central control and process operators within the mineral and metal processing industry.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.