National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3

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9 - Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

This category contains supervisory, production and labouring occupations in manufacturing, processing and utilities.

Occupations in this category are characterized by either technical training or internal progression, and on-the-job training. Process control occupations in this category are increasingly technical and post-secondary training is usually required. For many occupations in this category, workers typically start out as labourers and progress to machine operation occupations through experience. Progression to supervisory positions requires experience in the occupations supervised. Mobility in some of these occupations may be limited by seniority provisions of collective agreements, or may require additional training.

96 - Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

This major group comprises labourers in manufacturing and utilities occupations which may require some secondary school education or completion of secondary school. It includes labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities.

961 - Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

This minor group includes labourers in mineral and metal processing; labourers in metal fabrication; labourers in chemical products processing and utilities; labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing; labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing; labourers in textile processing; labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing; labourers in fish and seafood processing; and other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities. They are employed by mineral ore and metal processing plants, cement processing plants, clay, glass and stone processing plants and foundries; structural steel, boiler and platework fabrication plants, heavy machinery manufacturing plants, sheet metal fabrication shops, shipbuilding and other metal products manufacturing companies; petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical companies; electrical, water and waste treatment utilities and services; pulp and paper, and paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies; rubber and plastic products manufacturing companies; textile manufacturing companies; fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries and other food, beverage and associated products processing and packaging plants; fish and seafood processing and packaging plants; companies that manufacture other products; and printing and packaging companies.

9614 - Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing carry out a variety of general labouring and routine wood processing activities and assist pulp mill and papermaking machine operators. They are employed by pulp and paper, and paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • beater operator helper - pulp and paper
    • chip bin attendant - wood processing
    • conveyor cleaner - pulp and paper
    • green wood chainman/woman - wood processing
    • grinder feeder - pulp and paper
    • labourer - pulp and paper
    • labourer - wood processing
    • lumber straightener - wood processing
    • plywood dryer feeder
    • sheeter helper - pulp and paper
    • utility man/woman - pulp and paper

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing (See 943 Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing)
    • Supervisors, forest products processing (See 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Feed logs onto conveyor and into hopper of grinding machine and align logs manually, using crowbar, picaroon or other tools and equipment
    • Load wood chips, pulpwood, sulphur and other processing materials onto conveyors or processing tanks, remove recyclable paper and pulp from pulp and papermaking machines and transport recyclable paper and pulp to plant processing machines and equipment using forklift or other powered equipment
    • Sort, pile and transport lumber, veneer sheets, panelboards and similar wood products during various stages of wood processing, manually or with powered equipment
    • Remove scrap lumber and wood chips for reprocessing using forklift or other powered equipment
    • Feed conveyors, saws, drying machines and other equipment to process lumber, shingles, veneer, plywood and similar wood products
    • Clean wood processing machines and equipment and work areas using shovels, hoses and other tools
    • Assist other wood processing workers to operate, maintain and repair various machines and equipment and carry out other wood processing activities.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required by the pulp and paper industry and by other large employers.
  • Additional information

    • There is considerable mobility among jobs within individual establishments.
    • Progression to machine or plant operating positions is possible with experience.
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