What Does a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing Do?

A Process Operator: Food Manufacturing (246T) monitors, adjusts, and maintains food processing systems and equipment

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Uses and maintains tools and equipment.
  • Handles, stores, and disposes of hazardous workplace materials.
  • Writes work reports including standard work documentation as well as safety reports.
  • Maintains service documents including service call sheets, work orders, work performance sheets and log books, and writing numerous work reports such as injury reports, environmental reports and maintenance charts.
  • Monitors and runs analogue, electronic or computerized control panels.
  • Maintains process equipment and components
  • Controls and supervises process operations, operates a central control room, and carries out process control procedures.

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing, you need an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) preferably with credits in Math and Science.  Successful completion of of an apprenticeship requires 4300 hours of on-the-job training, and 300 hours of in-school theory training. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing?

You would likely obtain employment and begin an apprenticeship working in a candy, food or beverage packaging plant.  Those who complete this apprenticeship will be well-positioned to move into management or supervisory positions at their own workplace, and will have marketable skills that will make them more mobile in the industrial sector.   

Wage Rate

  • As an Apprentice you earn less than a Journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency
  • Workers in this field can expect to earn a maximum wage ranging between $20 and $25 per hour.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as Process Operator: Food Manufacturing for You?

Do you enjoy working with machinery?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with others to get a job done efficiently?

Yes      No

Do you emphasize safety in the workplace for yourself and others?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy being a part of a process that creates a larger finished product?

Yes      No

Can you bend, lift, stretch, stand?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing may be for You!

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