Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing, and Utilities:
A. Transport raw materials
B. Load, unload, sort, check, and weigh raw materials as well as products
C. Feed machines such as conveyers, crushers, saws, and processing machines
D. Clean work areas/equipment
E. Assist more skilled workers
1. Food manufacturing - 24.0%
2. Wood product manufacturing - 10.0%
3. Plastics and rubber products manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 7.0%
5. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 6.0%
6. Paper manufacturing - 6.0%
7. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%
1. To be a labourer, you may need some secondary school education.
2. To be a labourer in wood, pulp, and paper processing, working in the pulp/paper industry and for other large employers, you must have a high school diploma.
3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a machine operator or other more skilled labourer within your area of work.
4. Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
3. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities is $13.25/HR, which is below average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.