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Labourers in this unit group perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities related to food, beverage and tobacco processing. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, meat plants, breweries and other food, beverage and tobacco processing plants.
bottle washer, brewery labourer, cigarette packer, dairy helper, food processing labourer, meat packager, potato chip sorter, production helper.
- Transport raw materials, finished products and packaging materials throughout plant and warehouse manually, or with powered equipment
- Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines or mobile tank trucks
- Feed flattened boxes into forming machines to construct containers
- Remove filled containers from conveyors and manually pack goods into bags, boxes or other containers
- Clean work areas and equipment
- Feed and unload tobacco processing machines
- Check products and packaging for basic quality defects
- Assist process control and machine operators in performing their duties.
Outlook & Prospects for Labourers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing in Centre-du-Québec Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Centre-du-Québec region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
There are more than 1,100 jobs in this occupation in the Centre-du-Québec region. The majority are in food manufacturing, which has posted strong growth since the 1990s. In recent years, significant investments have been made in the industry, which continues to see robust activity.
The level of employment is high despite a fairly large number of unemployed workers. Food and beverage manufacturing accounts for the highest number of jobs within consumer related manufacturing in the region. Job opportunities will result and from the employment growth and from the need to replace retirees.
According to the workforce breakdown, workers between ages 25 and 44 account for more than half of the labourers in food, beverage and tobacco processing (53%), which is higher than this group's percentage of all jobs in the Centre-du-Québec region (43%).
Women are strongly represented in this occupation in the Centre-du-Québec region, holding 42% of the jobs.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Les Planchers bois franc Wickman is investing $5.5M to ensure its competitiveness in a very competitive market while securing 120 jobs. Four new positions will be created. (available in French only)
- Nova Bus of Saint-François-du-Lac signs a $148M contract with Chicago's city transit company for the delivery of 300 buses at the beginning of 2014 (available in French only)
- Vaillancourt Portes & Fenêtres of Saint-Germain-de-Grantham has invested $1.5M to expand, which will lead to the hiring of new employees (available in French only)
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- More than fifty-some positions need to be filled within Cascades' plants, a manufacturer of packaging products and papers mainly made up of recycled fibers (available in French only)
- Fifteen-some positions of various nature need to be filled at Machinage Piché in Daveluyville, a manufacturer of wood handling equipment (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Rotec International of Baie-du-Febvre, which specializes in the production of adjustable electric beds, is investing $639,000 to optimize its production processes. Some 70 jobs will be consolidated as a result. (available in French only)
- Claude Joyal, a company that sells and repairs farm equipment, has purchased the Elphège Boissonneault garage in Lyster. More than $800,000 has been invested there to set up a showroom and to store parts. (available in French only)
- Sixpro in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, the largest paint coating subcontractor in Quebec, is investing $2M to purchase state-of-the art equipment. Roughly a dozen new jobs should be created. (available in French only)
- Soucy Plastiques in Drummondville, a subcontractor supplying contractors in the recreational, military, agricultural and transport sectors, is investing $600,000 in state-of-the art equipment (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Structure d'Acier BRL 2000 in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, a manufacturer and installer of steel frames, is investing $5M in the construction of a new plant in Drummondville. Some 15 new jobs will be created. (available in French only)
- Maxi-Roule of Drummondville, a manufacturer of trailers for recreational vehicles, is investing $2.1M in the construction of an industrial building with office space, and in the acquisition of new production equipment (available in French only)
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