Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing

NOC 9461

Description

Process control and machine operators in this unit group operate multi-function process control machinery and single-function machines to process and package food and beverage products. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries, and other food and beverage processing establishments.

Duties

Process control operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Operate 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
  • Observe 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and adjust food or beverage processing and packaging machines
  • Operate single-function machines to grind, extract, mix, blend, dry, freeze, cook or otherwise process food or beverage products
  • Operate single-function machines to box, can or otherwise package food or beverage products
  • Check products to ensure conformance to company standards and clear machine blockages as required
  • Record production information such as quantity, weight, size, date and type of products packaged
  • Perform corrective machine adjustments, clean machines and immediate work areas.

Other Titles

  • Fermenter Operator
  • Canning Machine Operator
  • Control Room Operator
  • Tobacco Blender
  • Dry Foods Mixer Operator

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)

Skills

  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Coordination
  • Mathematics
  • Operation and Control

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Completion of secondary school may be required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required

Certification

  • On-the-job training is provided
  • Experience as a machine operator in food or beverage processing is usually required for industrial process control operators
  • Experience as a labourer in food or beverage processing may be required for machine operators

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed in this unit group are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$54,022 $49,402 $44,957 $42,878

 

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
311 – Food Manufacturing 40 245
312 – Beverages and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 10 40

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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