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9613 – Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities

Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities carry out a variety of material handling, cleaning and routine general labouring activities. They are employed by petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and by electrical, water and waste treatment utilities and services.


Example titles

  • Coating machine feeder - chemical processing
  • Filter cleaner - chemical processing
  • Helper - chemical processing
  • Labourer - gas utility
  • Loader - chemical processing
  • Retort unloader
  • Still cleaner - chemical processing
  • Water intake tender
  • Waterworks labourer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Feed and unload production machinery and equipment
  • Clean chemical processing machines and equipment and production areas
  • Move, sort and pile materials and products manually and using powered equipment
  • Assist other workers to operate, repair and maintain process equipment, gas distribution, water filtration and waste plant equipment
  • Perform general duties such as basic construction, painting and other manual tasks.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.

Additional information

  • Considerable mobility is possible among jobs in this unit group.
  • Progression to operator positions in the chemical or utility industry is possible with experience and appropriate qualifications.


  • Chemical plant machine operators (9421)
  • Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing (9232)
  • Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities (9212)
  • Water and waste treatment plant operators (9243)
  • Waterworks and gas maintenance workers (7442)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 - Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
D - On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
96 - Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Minor group
961 - Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
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