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.

9619 - Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities in processing, manufacturing and utilities. They are employed by companies that manufacture products such as clothing, footwear, furniture and electrical and electronic products and by printing and packaging companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bindery helper
    • box packer
    • carton marker
    • chair sander
    • clothing plant labourer
    • electrical products labourer
    • film cutter - film processing
    • furniture packer
    • garment folder
    • lens blocker
    • machine packager
    • seed packager
    • shoe manufacturing labourer
    • sorter - recyclable materials
    • upholsterer helper

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors of labourers in this unit group (See 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly)
    • Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing (See 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing)
    • Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing (See 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing)
    • Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly (See 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Transport raw materials, finished products and equipment throughout plant manually or using powered equipment
    • Check and weigh materials and products
    • Sort, pack, crate and package materials and products
    • Assist machine operators, assemblers and other workers
    • Clean work areas and equipment
    • Perform other labouring and elemental activities.
  • Employment requirements

    • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • Additional information

    • There is some mobility among occupations in this unit group.
    • Progression to machine operating positions is possible with experience.
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