Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Workers in this unit group operate single-function machines or machinery that is part of a larger production process to process mineral ore and metal products. They are employed in mineral ore and metal processing plants such as copper, lead and zinc refineries, uranium processing plants, steel mills, aluminum plants, precious metal refineries and cement processing plants.
aluminum classifier, asbestos dryer, billet heater, brick and tile crusher operator, cement miller, extrusion press operator, foil-winding machine operator, furnace charger, ladle pourer, lead refiner, lime kiln operator, mica sheet laminator, quenching car operator, scrap metal shredder, sintering machine operator, slurry equipment operator, steel roller, uranium classifier operator, zinc cell operator.
- Set up, prepare and adjust mineral ore, metal and cement processing machinery to carry out one step in the overall mineral ore or metal processing operation
- Operate single-function machinery to grind, separate, filter, mix, treat, cast, roll, refine or otherwise process mineral ores
- Observe gauges, meters, computer printouts, video monitors and products to ensure correct operation of machine and verify specified processing conditions
- Make adjustments to machinery as required
- Record production information and complete reports
- May assist with machinery maintenance or repair.
Outlook & Prospects for Machine Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing in Edmonton Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
- The Government of Canada is investing $1.6M to support the establishment of the Animal Nutrition and Ingredient Development Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton
- Imperial Oil's Leduc #1 has hired an educational coordinator to interact with visiting students, and supervise the laboratory experiments
- The historic Buck Lake Hotel, operating as the Lakeshore Inn, was recently destroyed by fire, eliminating a source for local accommodations
- The Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County are partnering to develop the Community Investment Plan which brings five separate infrastructure projects together in a bid to attract investors
- Strathcona County has approved the Aspen Trails subdivision, which is scheduled for more than 1,400 dwelling units over the next three years
- The City of Edmonton is hiring enumerators for the 2014 Census, and offering residents the option of completing the census online
- The Edmonton Construction Association warns of a possible worker shortage due to a rise in construction and development in the Greater Edmonton region in 2014
- Cineplex Cinemas Manning Town Centre opened in Edmonton on April 11, 2014, offering 10 separate auditoriums in a cutting-edge movie complex
- Employees of Copper Sky Lodge, a Supportive Living Level 4 residence in Spruce Grove, have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The facility only recently became fully-staffed but has an ongoing need for casual employees.
- West Edmonton Mall has announced five new tenants that will be opening retail outlets in 2014, continuing the strong market activity in Edmonton
- Saint-Thomas Health Centre, in Edmonton, is attempting to deal with some of its financial difficulties by reducing staff levels and contracting with a third-party service provider
- Pembina Pipeline Corporation is constructing a $35M office and warehouse complex in Sherwood Park, to consolidate all of its regional operations, with opening planned for 2015
- The City of St. Albert and Lakeland College, in Vermilion, are partnering to bring the 12-week long National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter program to the city starting on June 16, 2014
- Amacon has outlined its plans for the redevelopment of the Grandin Mall in St. Albert, including three high-rise condominium towers with a total of 1200 units, retail space, and underground parking
- A recent study on the demand for accommodation in St. Albert has found that the city requires at least one additional 100-room hotel to attract and retain business
- Wetzel's Pretzels, a California-based soft pretzel vendor, opened its first franchise in Western Canada at West Edmonton Mall on March 28, 2014
- Leduc County fire services staff are recruiting firefighters in an effort to resurrect the Thorsby Fire Department, amidst a reorganization of management of the service
- The Industrial Heartland of Alberta, outside of Edmonton, is experiencing a surge in workers and economic activity as plants and facilities temporarily shut down for annual maintenance and repairs
- Lonestar Lumber, an Edmonton pallet manufacturer, suffered $3M in damage due to a fire on March 22, 2014. The bulk of the inventory was saved but the main building on the site was destroyed.
- Precision Drilling is spending $634M in capital for 2014, including the construction of new drilling rigs for domestic and international use, and upgrades to existing rigs
- Torode Realty Advisors, a Calgary property developer, is upgrading and renovating the Professional Building in St. Albert
- The Employee Attraction and Retention Network, a coalition of business and educational groups, will be holding the 2014 Interactive Career and Education Expo in Drayton Valley on April 10, 2014
- The Pembina Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee are struggling to attract and retain physicians in Drayton Valley, but the newly announced Primary Care Network for the region could be a useful retention-tool
- The City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Fort Saskatchewan Kinette Club are moving forward with construction of a public outdoor gym, after the city agreed to support the project with capital, and ongoing maintenance of the structure
- Cove Properties plans to immediately begin rebuilding a four-storey 79-unit condominium development in southwest Edmonton that was destroyed by fire on March 15, 2014
- The Town of Drayton Valley has approved two separate developments for a total of 57 residential lots. Meraw Estates Development is planning for a variety of single-family and multi-family residences.
- Bellerose Composite High School, in St. Albert, is running a Business Venture program that teaches students the basics of operating a restaurant and provides training for future employment and further education
- Leduc County has taken control of the Thorsby Fire District, including the Village of Thorsby, following the resignation of all members of the Thorsby Fire Department three weeks ago
- Strathcona County Transit is opening the new Bethel Transit Station in 2014, expanding services and routes, and piloting the use of new technologies such as smart cards
- Parkland County has redistricted a parcel of land that will permit development of the Poplar Springs RV Park, a four-season bareland condominium resort
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