Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9415)

About this job

Inspectors and testers in this group:

  • inspect, grade, sample or test raw materials and products from mineral ore and metal processing operations
  • work in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries
  • work in uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries
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  • inspector, finishing
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Inspectors and testers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • inspect mineral ore, metal, cement, glass, clay or concrete products at various stages of processing to make sure specifications are followed
  • grade and label raw materials or finished products according to size, thickness, composition or other classification standards
  • take samples of products during or after processing operation for routine analysis or for subsequent laboratory analysis
  • test product for strength, density, durability and conformity to specification
  • tell supervisor or process and machine operators about problems and product deficiencies
  • complete inspection and test reports

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.
  • The workplace may contain flying or airborne particles from metal or minerals that may cause injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or hot surfaces that can be hazardous.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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