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Production workers serve in manufacturing and assembly plants throughout Canada and are responsible for producing, assembling, inspecting, testing, and shipping products. Your specific role will vary based on your position on the assembly line, experience and other factors.

Production worker jobs can be physically demanding, requiring you to be in good physical condition, be able to work on your feet for long periods of time in areas that require a high degree of alertness and with a focus on safety. Your specific role, work hours, and skills will vary based on the type of positon you apply for.

what production worker jobs entail

You can work full or part time as a production worker. You may use tools, machines, or instruments to complete your tasks, and are expected to be able to lift 50 pounds. Production workers will usually report to a team lead or supervisor. Expect irregular shift work, including nights and weekends. Many roles require 12-hour work days, and overtime is often offered to meet deadlines or quotas.

average production worker salaries

The average salary for production workers in Canada is primarily based on experience. Salaries start at around $12.50 to $16.00 per hour, depending on the type of work you are doing, where you live and your experience.

You can expect to make as much as $20 per hour with 5+ years of experience. Supervisor and production management and planning positions will also come with an increase in pay. You may also qualify for pay increases for shift premiums (usually working late or overnight hours) and for working overtime.

your day to day tasks

Production workers are part of product creation, finishing, inspecting or shipping process. They meet quotas and report the time and amount of work done, as well as report problems or discrepancies. Common tasks include:

  • assembling parts
  • meeting hourly or shift quotas
  • filling out reports
  • troubleshooting manufacturing issues
  • loading and unloading products
  • managing different stages of the production process
  • performing quality control checks
  • maintaining a safe work environment

where you can work

Production workers can find jobs in many different industries with manufacturing being on the top of the list. Production worker jobs are found across Canada, and the most opportunity is found in regions known traditionally for their manufacturing industries such as southern Ontario and Alberta.

what you bring to the table

Production workers have a high level of manual dexterity, basic literacy and math skills. Skills that will help you succeed as a production worker:

  • problem solving
  • you are physically fit
  • attention to detail
  • a safety-first attitude
  • able to work in a team setting
  • able to work quickly and meet deadlines

More specific skills may be required. For instance, production workers may acquire skills in blueprint reading, forklift operation, operating machinery, or quality assurance if required by the job.

training and certifications

Production workers are usually required to have a high school diploma or equivalency, although some more technical positions may require specialized training. You may be required to pass manual dexterity and basic skills tests at the time of hire to qualify for a position. A college diploma, experience in a skilled trade, and professional certifications can also be an asset.

Some companies hire applicants with no experience but others seek those with experience, good references, and relevant training. Certain positions may require continuous training and certifications.

where your career is headed

Production workers may have the opportunity to be promoted to supervisory positions or to specialty positions in their department or within the company such as quality control or safety inspector. These roles may require additional training, certification, or have certain educational requirements.

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