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Feed Mill Production Worker

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

  • Avg. Salary $43,446.00
  • Avg. Wage $21.55
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 4,500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Production Worker

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

57%
57%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Feed Mill Production Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
NOC code: 9461.2
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

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 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.

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Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

  • operate pellet mills, rolling and grinding equipment, mixing and blending equipment or 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 and production workers are being assigned more responsibility in ensuring that proper production processes are used. Many plants are being automated. In most plants, workers interact with other staff members in all parts of the operation.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Feed mill production workers primarily work indoors in an environment that may be noisy and dusty. Shift work usually is required.

Lifting over 20 kilograms may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Feed mill production workers need the following characteristics:

  • good health and stamina (no allergies to grain dust)
  • a high degree of manual dexterity
  • the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • the ability to work quickly and steadily, and work with little supervision
  • mechanical ability
  • the ability to work as part of a team.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

There are no standard education requirements for feed mill production workers. However, employers may require job applicants to have a high school diploma. Related training or experience (for example, a farm background) and computer skills are definite assets.

Feed mill production workers generally are trained on the job to operate machinery in various aspects of mill operations. This may involve:

  • learning and following standard operating procedures for good manufacturing practices
  • maintaining records for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification
  • learning and following health and safety procedures
  • obtaining a forklift certificate.

When there is sufficient demand for them, related short courses are offered by the continuing education divisions of post-secondary schools that offer agricultural programs.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Employees who have no previous experience in feed mill production usually start as general plant help. After obtaining experience around the mill, they are trained to operate machinery.

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

Feed mill production workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 9461: Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing. In Alberta, 84% of people employed in this classification work in the Manufacturing (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Manufacturing industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,300 Albertans are employed in the Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 59 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As feed mill production workers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for feed mill production workers.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.00 $24.00 $17.26 $15.70
Overall $16.15 $28.13 $21.55 $19.54
Top $20.40 $29.06 $23.48 $22.44

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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.

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.


Industry Information
Manufacturing
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

57%
57%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

26%
26%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

2015 Vacancy Rate

3%
Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Foods
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

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Updated Mar 30, 2015. 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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