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Contractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related Workers

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NOC:7201,7202,7203,7204,7205
Occupation:Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades Contractors, Supervisors, and Related Workers
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

These individuals supervise people who work as machinists, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, roofers, and painters. They establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments; order supplies; and resolve work problems. In addition, they recommend ways to improve productivity; recommend hiring and promotions; arrange for training of workers; test, grade, and sample work for quality control; and prepare production reports. They are employed in a wide range of establishments including construction companies, trade contractors and industrial, commercial and manufacturing establishments.

Job duties:
Contractors and supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments or subcontractors.
  • Requisition materials and supplies.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity.
  • Train or arrange for training of workers.
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.
  • Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed.
  • Prepare production, work progress, schedules, and other reports.
  • May manage the operations of their own companies.
  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, machine operators, helpers, and labourers.
Sample job titles:
  • building maintenance supervisor
  • carpentry contractor
  • drywall contractor
  • electrical contractor
  • machine shop foreman/woman
  • pipefitters supervisor
  • plumber foreman/woman
  • power line technician foreman/woman
  • residential construction supervisor
  • roofing contractor
  • shipfitters foreman/woman
  • steamfitter foreman/woman
Skills:

You must be able to work well with a variety of people. Leadership and effective oral and written communication skills are essential. You must also be able to prepare cost estimates, maintain production schedules, supervise staff, and work as part of a team. You should be prepared to keep up with new techniques, equipment, and materials. Physical stamina and good motor skills are necessary.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are required.
  • Journeyperson trade certification in a relevant trade is required.
  • Red Seal endorsement (allowing for interprovincial mobility) is available for specific trades in this group.
Other considerations:

Most people in these jobs work full-time but often for only part of each year. Jobs in the construction industry are strongly affected by seasonal changes and general economic conditions. As a result, workers in many of these jobs should be prepared for periods of unemployment. Also, many work on a project basis and can expect periods of unemployment throughout the year. Individuals in these jobs usually have significant non-supervisory experience in related jobs. There is some mobility among jobs within a specific trade, however, there is little or no inter-trade mobility particularly among supervisors.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades Contractors, Supervisors, and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 59% of Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades Contractors, Supervisors, and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $61,656. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Contractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related Workers1,940Decline180Moderate
Minimum: $18.00
Median: $27.50
Maximum: $43.00
Minimum: $9,995
Median: $54,241
Maximum: $112,362
Occupations in Trades and Transportation57,925Decline slightly3,400High
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $20.35
Maximum: $34.00
Minimum: $7,580
Median: $37,269
Maximum: $79,787
Contractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time94%89%
Percent self-employed0%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentContractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern10%x12%$30,581
Northern18%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton11%x13%$32,974
Halifax42%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley18%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeContractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
15-242%x
25-3416%13%
35-4425%33%
45-5431%34%
55-6423%19%
65+3%x
Median Age4947
GenderContractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Female4%5%
Male96%95%
EducationContractors and Supervisors in Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school14.1%$25,07118.2%$25,753
High school18.9%$29,54325.5%$28,089
Trades certificate36.9%$48,08129.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma24.0%$42,29822.6%$39,023
University certificate or diploma1.0%$48,1351.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degree3.4%$32,6642.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diplomax$47,9900.2%$41,705
Master's degreex$18,0900.3%x
Doctorate1.0%x0.0%$36,029
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.0%$3,714
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
260 Brownlow Avenue, Unit 3
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1V9
Tel: (902) 468-2267
Fax: (902) 468-2470
cans@cans.ns.ca
BuildForce Canada
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1150
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Tel: (613) 569-5552
Fax: (613) 569-1220
info@buildforce.ca
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
10 Ragged Lake Blvd. Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1C2
Tel: (902) 832-4761
Fax: (902) 832-4763
info@nscsc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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