• Minerals Processing Operator

    Career Profile

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Job Description

  • Work in a team to process extracted ore and load finished products into railcars to ship to customers
  • Monitor processes and equipment that upgrade ore to produce a marketable product
  • Operate heavy equipment (ex. bins, conveyors, chutes, pumps, valves, crushers, flotation cells, cyclones, thickeners, screeners, weigh scales, railcar movers and front-end loaders)


$37.18/hour - $48.47/hour

Job Prospects

Demand in Mining: 3

Skill Transferability: 2

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Minerals Processing Operators enjoy working in a team and playing a key part in the production process. They work with different kinds of equipment and with cutting-edge technologies, and are well compensated for their efforts.

What is it Like to Work as a Mineral Processing Operator in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Minerals Processing Operators are exposed to challenging working conditions such as confined spaces, at heights and near open holes. They must be willing and able to climb ladders and steel ramps.

Success Profile

  • Takes extra care in following procedures around potentially hazardous materials, equipment and machinery
  • Adaptable
  • Embraces new techniques and technologies
  • Enjoys hands-on work
  • Enjoys working with math, science, computers and machinery
  • Understands and respects safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Patient and flexible
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong risk management and time management skills
  • Team player
  • Willing to perform repetitive or routine tasks

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous experience in a mill environment
  • Physically fit and mobile
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation


  • Depending on the type of mining, a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical/chemical/mechanical engineering
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages