Fact Sheet
Production Operator

Production Operators are essential links found all along the production chain. Always working as a team, they operate, monitor, adjust and keep the production process running smoothly.

They are the “eyes in the field” for the control room operators!


Operates equipment

As their job title indicates, one of the primary tasks of a Production Operator is to work on and with the various equipment in the industrial complex, depending on their respective sector of activity. For example, certain Production Operators use oxygen lances to drill out tapping holes in a furnace, while others drive the Kress truck to haul liquid slag away. They are also the ones who operate heavy equipment items like overhead travelling cranes, lift trucks, shovel-loaders, and so forth.

Checks each step of the process in assigned sector

Production Operators carry out regular rounds for the purpose of inspecting equipment. They are a driving force in process monitoring. For example, they collect samples used to ensure the ore has the right nickel content.

Does maintenance

Production Operators prepare and adjust equipment. For example, if work must be done on a piece of equipment, they prepare the site so that everything can be done safely. They are therefore experts in everything related to locking out and tagging out equipment.

What are the essential qualities?

Skilful and watchful

Whether inspecting equipment, observing and noting a vibration or collecting samples, Production Operators must always follow procedures and obey the safety rules. Some aspect of production depends on their work, so they must be skilful, precise and watchful.

Thorough and adaptable

Production Operators scrupulously follow the site’s operating procedures and rules. Willingness to adapt allows them to move from one activity sector to another.

Physically resilient

Team spirit is highly valued in this profession, as well as a good measure of physical resilience, all to ensure the continuity of production. Production Operators also work the day and night shifts, which are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This kind of work schedule requires having a healthy lifestyle.

Educational requirements

Production Operators have a CAP (certificate of professional aptitude), preferably in the field of logistics, industry, and so forth.

However, a professional or technical bac is always an asset, with a major in industrial sciences and technologies.

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