Contractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport Operators

Occupation:Contractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport Operators
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

These individuals supervise and coordinate the activities of people who work as mechanics, heavy equipment operators, photographic/film/print processors, and those within the railway and motor transport industry such as railway engineers, truck drivers and bus drivers. They are employed in a very wide range of 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, project supervisors, or managers.
  • 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 that standards for safe working conditions are observed.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May manage the operations of their own companies.
  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
  • May review and approve all job proofs or samples to ensure quality of work meets client specifications.
  • May set up machines or equipment.
  • May dispatch bus drivers and monitor routes to ensure schedules are met and to resolve operating problems.
Sample job titles:
  • bus dispatcher
  • chief aircraft maintenance engineer (AME)
  • construction site foreman/woman
  • mechanical maintenance supervisor - manufacturing
  • pressroom supervisor - printing
  • printing shop foreman/woman
  • road maintenance foreman/woman
  • stationmaster - railway transport
  • trucking contractor
  • yard foreman/woman - railway

To work as a supervisor, you should have experience in the area being supervised. Leadership and effective oral and written communication skills are essential and you must be able to work well with a variety of people. You must be responsible and well organized and be able to prepare cost estimates, maintain production schedules, supervise staff, and able to work as part of a team. You should also be prepared to keep up with new techniques, equipment, and materials. Physical stamina, alertness and good motor skills are necessary.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Red Seal endorsement (allowing for interprovincial mobility) is available for many of the specific trades in this group and may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are usually required.
  • A Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate is required for Supervisors of railway transport operations.
  • A certificate in accordance with the Railway Employee Qualification Standards Regulations is required.
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 little mobility between supervisory positions in the different transportation sectors of this group, but some mobility within each specific sector. Progression to management positions is possible with experience.

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 slightly over the next few years, which may affect 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. Contractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport Operators most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 65% of Contractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $70,042. 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 Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport Operators1,525Decline slightly190High
Minimum: $15.00
Median: $25.00
Maximum: $37.98
Minimum: $20,131
Median: $63,487
Maximum: $106,945
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 Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport OperatorsCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time97%89%
Percent self-employed35%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentContractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport OperatorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton16%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley23%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeContractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport OperatorsCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5247
GenderContractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport OperatorsCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
EducationContractors and Supervisors in Maintenance Trades and Heavy Equipment and Transport OperatorsCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school13.7%$35,51318.2%$25,753
High school26.2%$42,52125.5%$28,089
Trades certificate29.6%$53,41029.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma24.8%$50,34022.6%$39,023
University certificate or diploma2.0%$53,0541.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degree3.1%$47,8532.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diploma0.6%x0.2%$41,705
Master's degreeN/Ax0.3%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.0%$3,714
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.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Safety Association
P.O. Box 9410, Station A
Halifax, NS B3K 5S3
Tel: (902) 425-2445
Fax: (902) 425-2441
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
260 Brownlow Avenue, Unit 3
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1V9
Tel: (902) 468-2267
Fax: (902) 468-2470
Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726
Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association
6009 Quinpool Road, Suite 700
Halifax, NS B3K 5J7
Tel: (902) 425-2445
Fax: (902) 425-2441
BuildForce Canada
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1150
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Tel: (613) 569-5552
Fax: (613) 569-1220
Transport Canada
45 Alderney Drive, Suite 1475
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Tel: (902) 426-6030
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
10 Ragged Lake Blvd. Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1C2
Tel: (902) 832-4761
Fax: (902) 832-4763
Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1M9
Tel: (877) 860-3805
Fax: (902) 465-5734

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
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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