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Feed Mill Production Worker

Feed mill production workers operate machines that process animal and poultry feed. The machines clean, separate, crush, grind, mix, pellet, and bag grains for the feed.

Also Known As

Production Worker

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

Here is how this occupation has been classified over time.

2006 NOC

  • 9461.2: Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing

2006 NOC-S

  • J171: Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing

2011 NOC

  • 9461: Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing

2016 NOC

  • 9461: Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

2021 NOC

  • 94140: Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
Duties
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Feed mill production workers may specialize in one area or rotate duties throughout the plant. In general, they:

  • Operate pellet mills, rolling and grinding equipment, mixing and blending equipment, and packaging equipment
  • Conduct quality-control checks
  • Maintain records of production information
  • Maintain and repair equipment
  • Handle bagged products and sales inventory in the warehouse
  • Manually scale and prepare minerals, vitamins, and medications
  • Operate forklifts
  • Load and drive trucks

The industry is changing. Production workers are being assigned more responsibility in production processes. Many plants are being automated. In most plants, workers interact with other staff members in all parts of the operation.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Feed mill production workers primarily work indoors. The work environment may be noisy and dusty. They may have to do some heavy lifting. Shift work usually is required.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing

2006 NOC: 9461.2

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating processing and packaging machines and equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to make sure products conform to company standards; and in recording production data such as quantities, weights, sizes, dates and types of packaged products

innovative

Interest in setting up and adjusting processing and packaging machines

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Feed mill production workers need:

  • Health and stamina (no allergies to grain dust)
  • Manual dexterity
  • The ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • The ability to work quickly and steadily with little supervision
  • Mechanical ability
  • The ability to work as part of a team

Feed mill workers should enjoy operating and controlling equipment, adjusting machines, and having clear rules with organized work methods.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

2016 NOC: 9461

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 93 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Feb 18, 2022 and Jun 21, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Clean machines and immediate work areas
Tasks: Check products for defects and to ensure conformance to company standards
Tasks: Operate machinery to process and bag, box or otherwise package food products
Tasks: Set up and adjust processing and packaging machines
Tasks: Perform corrective machine adjustments
Construction Specialization: Team player
Tasks: Maintain shift log of production and other data
Tasks: Record production information
Attention to detail
Construction Specialization: Flexibility
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • Minimum Education Varies

There are no standard education requirements for feed mill production workers. However, employers may require that applicants have a high school diploma. Related training or experience, such as a farm background, is an asset. Computer skills also are assets.

Feed mill workers are most often trained on the job. They learn to operate machinery in various aspects of mill operations. This may involve:

  • Learning and following standard operating procedures
  • Keeping records for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification
  • Learning and following health and safety procedures
  • Obtaining a forklift certificate

Post-secondary schools with agricultural programs sometimes provide short courses related to feed mill production. The schools’ continuing education divisions usually offer them in response to demand.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Employees with no previous experience in feed mill production usually start as general plant help. With more experience, they are trained to operate machinery.

In most plants, individuals who have demonstrated leadership may advance to lead hand and supervisory positions. Some production workers may become feed sales representatives or move into marketing positions. To do this, they must take additional training and have a suitable personality.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 9461: Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing occupational group, 78.3% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 9461: Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 2% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 113 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 22, 2023

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

2016 NOC: 9461
Average Wage
$20.73
Per Hour
Average Salary
$44,185.00
Per Year
Average Hours
41.2
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 9461 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $29.63 $17.69 $16.20
Overall $17.00 $33.57 $20.73 $20.00
Top $20.45 $35.78 $26.33 $26.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
28%
28%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
36%
36%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
7%
7%
Vacancy Rate
3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) website: www.anacan.org

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Updated Mar 22, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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