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Machine Operations, Mineral and Metal Processing

Code 5774
DiplomaDVS
SectorMining and Site Operations (15)
Number of credits60
Length of training900 hours
StatusProgram approved in 2004
Educational organizations offering the program
Note(s)
This program is offered in French: 
5274 - Conduite de machines de traitement du minerai

Program objectives

Graduates will be able to perform the tasks and activities relative to operating machines and processing metals and minerals. Those who have successfully completed the program will also have the knowledge and skills to complete their work while respecting the environment as well as respecting health and safety regulations.

The length of the revised program remains unchanged. The program of study totals 900 hours, and is divided into 17 modules. Seven of these modules, totaling 270 hours, are dedicated to general, work-related competencies, 10 modules, totaling 630 hours, are spent on the specific competencies required to practise the trade. A practicum totalling 105 hours is included during the training program.

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
OR
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning
OR
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
OR
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate in a Semiskilled Trade, and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
OR
Persons who are 15 years of age on June 30 of the school year preceding their admission to a pilot project involving concurrent general education and practical training, who have attained vocational maturity and who have earned their Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. By means of concurrent admission with an integrated schedule, they will continue their vocational training and their general education in the youth sector to complete the Secondary III prerequisites they need to obtain their vocational training diploma. Authorization by the Ministère is required for the concurrent admission of a student in Secondary III to the programs of study.

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Machine operators, mineral and metal processing (9411)

Job titles

crusher and blender operator

Functional prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific prerequisites
Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
AdultsYouthAdultsYouthAdultsYouth
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Program content

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
778-411 To determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
778-421 To interpret information relating to the handling and transport of hazardous materials 15 1
778-434 To perform mathematical calculations applied to physics 60 4
778-444 To interpret information relating to ore processing methods 60 4
778-453 To prepare control tests 45 3
778-462 To perform preventive maintenance on a machine and a piece of equipment 30 2
778-479 To operate machines and equipment used for size reduction operations 135 9
778-482 To operate machines and equipment used to prepare reagents 30 2
778-492 To operate machines and equipment used to produce ore concentrates using mechanical methods 30 2
778-503 To monitor the parameters of a computer-based ore processing circuit 45 3
778-516 To operate machines and equipment used to produce ore concentrates by flotation 90 6
778-522 To operate machines and equipment used to filter concentrates 30 2
778-532 To operate machines and equipment used for hydraulic backfill and paste backfill 30 2
778-547 To operate machines and equipment used to produce ore concentrates using chemical methods 105 7
778-553 To operate machines and equipment used for the agglomeration of concentrates 45 3
778-562 To operate machines and equipment used to treat wastewater 30 2
778-577 To enter the work force 105 7
900 60