National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0

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8 - Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

This broad category comprises middle management occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production, as well as occupations concerned with supervision and equipment operation in the natural resource-based sectors of mining, oil and gas production, forestry and logging, agriculture, horticulture and fishing. Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers are also included. Most occupations in this category are industry specific and do not occur outside of the primary resources industries.

85 - Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers

This major group comprises harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers. These occupations come with Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER) identified as TEER 5. Occupations classified in TEER 5, as those included in this group with a 5 as the second digit of their code, are typically accessible with short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.

851 - Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers

This sub-major group comprises harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers, including agriculture, horticulture and harvesting labourers and related occupations; mine and oil and gas drilling, services and related labourers; and logging, forestry, landscaping and other related labourers.

8511 - Mine and oil and gas drilling, services and related labourers

This minor group comprises mine and oil and gas drilling, services and related labourers. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines; drilling and well servicing contractors and petroleum producing companies.

85110 - Mine labourers

Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, minerals and ore, and in other services in support of underground mining. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • chute puller
    • mine helper
    • mine labourer
    • miner helper - underground mining
    • pit scaler - underground mining
    • shoveller - underground mining
    • underground labourer - mining

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Underground mine service and support workers (See 84100 Underground mine service and support workers)
    • Underground production and development miners (See 83100 Underground production and development miners)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Assist other mine workers in maintaining or constructing underground installations
    • Clean underground rooms, roadways, working areas and mining equipment and conveyances using hand tools
    • Load, move, sort and pile materials and supplies
    • Clear spills of ore or coal using hand and power tools
    • May cut core and prepare core sample boxes in support of mine exploration
    • Assist other workers in prospecting for mineral deposits and perform various tasks related to general geophysical surveys.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • A short period of introductory training is provided.
    • In Ontario, mine labourers are registered in the basic common core program.
  • Additional information

    • There is mobility among jobs in this group.
    • Progression to underground production and development miner or underground mine service and support worker is possible with experience and training.
85111 - Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers

Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells. This unit group also includes labourers who assist in geophysical prospecting for oil and gas. They are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • floorman/woman - oil and gas drilling
    • leasehand
    • oil field labourer
    • roughneck
    • roustabout
    • service rig helper
    • shakerhand
    • swamper - oil and gas
    • well treatment helper
    • wireline helper

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • seismic survey helper
  • Exclusion(s)

    • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (See 83101 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers)
    • Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators (See 84101 Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Manipulate sections of pipe or drill stem at the rig floor during drilling and during the removal and replacement of strings of pipe or drill stem and drill bit
    • Maintain drilling equipment on the drill floor
    • Handle, sort and move drill tools, pipe, cement and other materials
    • Clean up rig areas
    • Assist in setting up, taking down and transporting drilling and service rigs and service equipment
    • May drive trucks to transport materials and well service equipment.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school may be required.
    • Completion of introductory college or petroleum industry-approved training courses may be required.
    • Certificates in hydrogen sulphide awareness, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) or transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) may be required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to more senior operating positions is possible with experience.
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