Reports to: Production Foreperson/Leading Hand

Supervises: May supervise other operators on same station

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Highly skilled work requiring considerable training and experience.
  • Read gauges, writes reports, makes fine adjustments.
  • Set up, start, operate, control and stop machines and plant.
  • Carry out minor repairs and corrections to machinery and equipment.
  • Ensure a consistent quality throughout the production process.
  • Make sure the finished product meets the company’s or client’s specifications.
  • Ensure safety requirements are met.
  • May rank as leading hand, be partly responsible for and/or train operators, or be in charge of quality and quantity of work process.

Examples: Timber processing machine operator; timber grader; timber preservation plant operator; pulp and paper production; refinery operator; power plant operator; boiler attendant; electroplater; furnace operator (non metallic); water treatment plant operator; chemical processing plant operator; fibre preparer.

Typical qualifications and experience: At least twelve months on job before competent, could take up to two years before really proficient.