What does a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing (246T) do?

Process Operators in food manufacturing monitor, adjust, and maintain food processing systems and equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Safely using and maintaining tools and equipment; handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous workplace materials
  • Writing work reports, including standard work documentation and safety report
  • Maintaining service documents including service call sheets, work orders, work performance sheets, and log books; writing injury reports, environmental reports, and maintenance charts
  • Monitoring and running analog, electronic, or computerized control panels
  • Maintaining process equipment and components
  • Controlling and supervising process operations; operating a central control room; carrying out process control procedures

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; math and science credits an asset
  • Completion of a 4,600-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing (246T)?

  • Apprentices generally start in candy, food, or beverage packaging plant
  • Apprenticeship graduates well-positioned to move into management or supervisory positions in various workplaces

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $20.00-$25.00 per hour.

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Process Operator: Food Manufacturing (246T)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and enjoy working with your hands in creative ways?
Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools? Are you precise in your measurements?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy being a part of a process that creates a larger finished product? Do you enjoy seeing your finished project?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you have excellent time-management? Are you an organized person?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Process Operator: Food Manufacturing may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Process Operator: Refinery, Chemical, and Liquid Processes
  • Process Operator: Power

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