Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing (NOC 9461)

About this job

Process control and machine operators:

  • run multi-function process control machinery or single-function machines to process and package food, beverage and associated products
  • work in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries leaf tobacco products plants and other food, beverage and associated products processing establishments
Common job titles
  • beer-wine-spirits processing
  • beverage processing
  • bread processing
  • feed processing / milling
  • food and beverage packaging
  • food and beverage processing
  • beer-wine-spirits processing
  • beverage processing
  • bread processing
  • canning equipment
  • cereal-grain processing
  • coffee processing

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$35,455

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Process control operators in this group:

  • operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to grind, extract, mix, blend, cook or otherwise process food products and to bag, box or otherwise package food products
  • run multi-function process control machinery to grind, extract, mix, blend, distill, ferment or otherwise process alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and to bottle, can or otherwise package beverages
  • look at gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments to process variables such as cooking times, ingredient inputs, flow rates and temperature settings
  • maintain shift log of production and other data

Machine operators in this group:

  • set up and adjust processing and packaging machines preparatory to operation
  • operate single-function machines to grind, extract, mix, blend, freeze, cook or otherwise process food or beverage products and to box, can or otherwise package food or beverage products
  • check products for defects and compliance to company standards and adjust machine as necessary
  • record production information such as quantity, weight, size, date and type of products packaged
  • perform corrective machine adjustements, clean machines and immediate work areas.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools can be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to steam or intensely hot surfaces that can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to cause distraction or hearing loss.
  • Workers may be exposed to strong or toxic odours.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a machine operator in food, beverage or associated products processing is usually required for industrial process control operators.
  • Experience as a labourer in food, beverage or associated products processing may be required for machine operators.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Methodical
  • Object-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
230
Average annual employment growth:
1.3%
Expected number of job openings:
100
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
240
Average annual employment growth:
2.6%
Expected number of job openings:
120
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,670
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
850
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
460
Average annual employment growth:
0.5%
Expected number of job openings:
120
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
150
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
60

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little movement among the various types of process control operators in the food and beverage processing industry. Process control operators may progress to supervisory positions in food and beverage processing with experience.

There is movement among machine operators within the food and beverage processing industry. Machine operators may progress to process control operators or supervisory positions in food and beverage processing with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.