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Other Trades and Related Workers

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NOC:7384
Occupation:Other Trades and Related Workers
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes tradespersons and related skilled workers, not elsewhere classified, who repair, service, install, calibrate or fabricate a variety of products. They are employed by a wide range of establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Gunsmiths fabricate guns and repair and modify firearms according to blueprints or customers' specifications.
  • Locksmiths repair, install and adjust locks, make keys and change lock combinations.
  • Recreation vehicle technicians repair or replace electrical wiring, plumbing, propane gas lines, appliances, windows, doors, cabinets and structural frames in recreational vehicles.
  • Safe and vault servicers install, repair and maintain safes and vaults in banks and other establishments.
  • Saw fitters repair, set and sharpen band saws, chain saws, circular saws and other types of saw blades according to specifications.
  • Die setters select dies for forging according to work order and specifications; position align and bolt dies to ram and anvil of power presses and hammers.
  • Commercial divers perform underwater activities related to construction, inspection, search, salvage, repair and photography.
Sample job titles:
  • blacksmith
  • diver
  • locksmith
  • marine service technician
  • recreation vehicle service technician
  • safe and vault technician
  • saw repairer
  • toolsmith
  • underwater worker
Skills:

You will require manual dexterity and good eye-hand coordination to manipulate and use tools and assemble parts. Good near vision is required. Physical strength and agility are needed and some of the jobs within this grouping may also involve heavy lifting. You must have the ability to work systematically and think analytically as workers in these jobs need to be methodical and precise. Communication skills are needed to assess customer requirements and specifications in some of these jobs.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program in a relevant trade, such as locksmith, recreation vehicle technician or saw fitter or college, high school or industry courses combined with several years of related work experience or several years of on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification for locksmiths is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Trade certification for recreation vehicle service technicians is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified recreation vehicle service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Commercial divers must meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z275.4-02, Competency Standard for Diving Operations.
  • Commercial divers require an Occupational Diver Certificate of Competency issued by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) or qualification earned through a formal education program, training courses in diving or a combination of education and practical experience.
  • Commercial divers require certification of competency and a diving medical examination from an approved hyperbaric physician.
  • Commercial divers may require military or police diving experience.
  • Commercial divers usually require a provincial blaster's licence for the setting and detonation of explosives.
  • Provincial trade certification or licensing may be required for other jobs in this group.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory 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 moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. 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. Other Trades and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 51% of Other Trades and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $47,515. 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
Other Trades and Related Workers405decline slightly40High
Minimum: $15.00
Median: $22.00
Maximum: $50.00
Minimum: $6,544
Median: $41,414
Maximum: $105,007
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
Other Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time90%89%
Percent self-employed7%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern12%x12%$30,581
Northern15%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton10%x13%$32,974
Halifax43%$66,63947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley20%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
15-248%x
25-3430%13%
35-4421%33%
45-5427%34%
55-6414%19%
65+3%x
Median Age4247
GenderOther Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Female11%5%
Male89%95%
EducationOther Trades and Related WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school14.3%$54,28618.2%$25,753
High school31.6%$46,42825.5%$28,089
Trades certificate22.4%$58,78929.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma23.5%$44,07822.6%$39,023
University certificate or diploma3.1%x1.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degree6.1%x2.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.2%$41,705
Master's degreeN/Ax0.3%x
DoctorateN/Ax0.0%$36,029
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.0%$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:
Locksmith (INACTIVE)
Trade Inactive:This trade is currently inactive in Nova Scotia.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
Marine Service Technician
Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary):This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, however, a certificate is not needed to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary):This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, however, a certificate is not needed to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
Useful contacts:
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1107
Fax: (902) 895-4270
fssns@fss.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Diving Regulations
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Canadian Working Divers Institute
Box 640
Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0
Tel: (800) 924-1124
Fax: (705) 657-2766
info@canadianworkingdivers.com
Diver Certification Board of Canada
208 - 5209 St. Margaret's Bay Road
Upper Tantallon, NS B3Z 1E3
Tel: (902) 826 2190
Fax: (902) 826 2191
tpark@divercertification.com
Maritime Blacksmiths Association
5601 Prospect Road
Halifax, B3Z 3X9
info@maritimeblacksmiths.ca
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 Cypress Creek Parkway Ste. 202
Houston, TX - USA 77069
Tel: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118
btreadway@adc-int.org
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

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
Program Name:Locksmithing and safe repair
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to make, repair, maintain, modify, and open locks; to make keys; to enter and change lock and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.
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Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
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