Concrete, clay and stone forming operators (NOC 9414)

About this job

This group includes workers who:

  • cast and finish concrete products
  • operate machines to extrude, mould, press and bake clay products
  • operate machines to form, cut and finish stone products
  • work for concrete, clay and stone products manufacturing companies
Common job titles
  • abrasives furnace preparer / mixer / kiln
  • asbestos shingle assembler / cutter
  • buffer / polisher (hand, machine)
  • mixer / caster / dry plaster
  • modelling clay mixer and extruder
  • mortar mixer / refractory mortar
  • abrasives furnace preparer / mixer / kiln
  • asbestos shingle assembler / cutter
  • buffer / polisher (hand, machine)
  • builder, clay insulator
  • carbon planer tender
  • caster / scagliola caster

Duties

Concrete products forming and finishing workers:

  • build clay models and moulds by hand and with hand tools for use in casting concrete products
  • build and repair wooden forms used to mould concrete products
  • position reinforcing rods or wire mesh in moulds and fill moulds with concrete from suspended pouring buckets
  • start vibrating tables to settle concrete, or tamp concrete using electric vibrator
  • remove castings from mould with crane or forklift, and finish surfaces of castings using screed or trowel
  • cut cured concrete pipe sections with saw or chisel, and cement sections together to form odd shaped fittings

Concrete products machine operators:

  • set up, adjust and operate single-function machines to mix, drill, grind and cut concrete to specifications in the manufacture of concrete products
  • check products for quality control, repair flaws and perform ongoing machine adjustments and minor maintenance as necessary
  • move products using forklift, crane or hydraulic hoist
  • record manufacturing information such as quantity, size and type of goods produced.
  • clay products forming and finishing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • set up and operate automatic machines that mix ingredients, extrude tempered clay mixture and cut extruded clay into sections to make products such as bricks, drain tiles and porcelain insulators
  • run mechanical or hydraulic ram and hot-presses to form pottery and porcelain ware
  • prepare and mix slip and fill moulds with slip to form pottery and porcelain ware such as jugs, cups, sinks and toilet bowls
  • operate kiln to bake clay products to specified hardness

Clay products forming and finishing machine operators:

  • set up and operate automatic machines that mix ingredients, extrude tempered clay mixture and cut extruded clay into sections to make products such as bricks, drain tiles and porcelain insulators
  • run mechanical or hydraulic ram and hot-presses to form pottery and porcelain ware
  • prepare and mix slip and fill moulds with slip to form pottery and porcelain ware such as jugs, cups, sinks and toilet bowls
  • operate kiln to bake clay products to specified hardness

Stone forming and finishing workers:

  • run blade or wire saws to cut blocks of stone to specified dimensions
  • operate machines to grind and polish surfaces of stone blocks, slabs or other stone products to specific shape or design and to produce smooth finish
  • operate sandblasting equipment to cut inscriptions or decorative designs in stone monuments
  • finish stone products with spray paint and by mounting plaques or installing concrete bases
  • operate stone-dressing lathe to sharpen and dress grindstones that grind logs into pulp
  • run machine to drill holes in blocks or slabs of stone according to specifications

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Work also takes place in an indoor environment, such as a furnace room where temperatures or humidity may vary considerably.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals or toxic products.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be source of injury.
  • The workplace may contain flying or airborne particles from stone or concrete work that may cause injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or hot surfaces that can be hazardous.
  • The general nature of the workplace may be hazardous.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.
  • Working with some equipment may cause a vibrating or back and forth motion of the body.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Movement is possible between workers within each of the concrete, clay and stone manufacturing sectors, but there is little or no mobility between these manufacturing sectors.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.