Program Objectives

The Production Equipment Operation vocational training program prepares students for the trade of production equipment operator.

Operators operate industrial equipment with single or multiple functions and automated to varying degrees. Adjusting equipment, adjusting operating parameters and solving problems during production is an integral part of their work. These activities are generally performed from a workstation, through interfaces (control panels, touch screens, etc.). The operator also performs quality control during the various stages of the industrial process and minor preventive maintenance work on equipment. Eventually, the operator may be called upon to contribute to the improvement of various facets of production.

The operator operates the equipment of a production sequence, a series of equipment or multifunction equipment (performing several production operations). This trade consists mainly of operating production equipment during industrial processing or an industrial manufacturing process. Work is performed individually with a co-worker and occasionally as part of a team of operators. The work requires collaboration with other trades (industrial mechanics, electromechanics, etc.), technical staff (quality control, instrumentation and control, etc.) and other departments of the company.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
870-101 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
870-112 Prevent occupational health and safety risks 30 2
870-125 Interpret technical production documentation 75 5
870-134 Establish links between production materials, equipment and processes 60 4
870-147 Establish links between components and the operation of production equipment 105 7
870-152 Communicate in the workplace 30 2
870-164 Carry out quality control activities 60 4
870-175 Operate equipment during the final steps of a production process 75 5
870-188 Operate production equipment during production 120 8
870-198 Operate production equipment at the start of production 120 8
870-204 Perform minor preventive maintenance work on equipment 60 4
870-218 Enter the workforce 120 8
870 58

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

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 at least 15 years of age as at September 30 of the current school year, are registered in a concurrent admission pilot project or in the Trades and Occupations With a Promising Future training path, are vocationally mature and have obtained Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. They are pursuing their vocational training and general education (youth sector or adult sector) under concurrent admission with an integrated schedule in the Trades and Occupations with a Promising Future training path in order to earn the missing Secondary III credits required for their Diploma of Vocational Studies and their Secondary School Diploma. Authorization from the Ministère de l’Éducation is required to admit a Secondary III student registered in concurrent admission to this program.

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
ENG-1101-4 ou (ENG-1062-3)632-106 ou (630-212)--MTH-2101-3 ou (MTH-2006-2)563-226 ou (563-206)

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

Schedule:

Estrie

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Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Eastern Townships SB (Estrie)
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
C.F.P. Lennoxville PEO22 D To be determined
Concomitance (CFP Lennoxville) PEO-24U-22 D Aug. 30th, 2022
Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) - CFP Lennoxville PEOr22-23 D/E Continuous entry

Montérégie

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Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Eastern Townships SB (Montérégie)
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Cowansville Vocational Education Training Centre

Production Equipment Operation

Production equipment operators set up, adjust and maintain various industrial equipment. They interpret production specifications. They operate different industrial equipment in a production sequence from a workstation through interfaces (control panels, touch screens, etc.). As part of their duties, they may have to perform quality control. This is a job for people who like to solve problems and have good 3D vision. A job as a production equipment operator requires method and manual skills.

Job Titles

Plastics assembler
Furnace charger – mineral and metal processing
Metal cable maker operator
Cutter operator – other products manufacturing
Machine operator – food and beverage processing
Machine operator – plastics processing
Woodworking machine operator
Mould machine operator – rubber products manufacturing
Trim saw operator – sawmill