Labourers in mineral and metal processing (NOC 9611)

About this job

Labourers in this group:

  • perform material handling, clean up, packaging and other elemental activities related to mineral ore and metal processing
  • work in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries
Common job titles
  • alloy mixer / annealer / dryer
  • annealer / cadmium leach
  • assembler, cladding / ingot cladder
  • attendant, coke oven standpipe / filtering
  • casting wheel / cleaner
  • charger / fibreglass oven charger

Duties

Labourers in mineral and metal processing perform some or all of the following duties:

  • move raw materials, finished products, scrap and recyclable materials throughout plant manually or using forklift or other powered equipment
  • feed conveyors, crushers and other equipment
  • open valves and start pumps
  • skim dross from furnaces
  • sort, stack, bundle and stamp materials
  • perform other activities to help process and machine operators in mineral ore and metal processing
  • clean work areas and equipment
  • may help with minor repairs and maintenance

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor plant environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or intensely not surfaces that could cause injury.
  • Working with machinery, equipment and hand/power tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to flying or airborne particles such as metal pieces and dust in the work environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to noise that could impair hearing.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to machine and process operator positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources