Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers

Occupation:Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

Waterworks maintenance workers maintain and repair waterworks equipment and facilities. They are employed in water filtration and distribution plants and waste treatment plants. Gas maintenance workers check and perform routine maintenance and minor repairs to exterior and underground gas mains and distribution lines. They are employed by gas distribution companies.

Job duties:
Waterworks maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Check, clean and lubricate waterworks equipment, such as pumping equipment, chlorination equipment and compressors.
  • Adjust and repair waterworks equipment under the direction of qualified tradesperson.
  • Search and locate reported water leaks and repair water-mains, valves or outlets.
  • Install water meters using hand and power tools.
Gas maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Check and lubricate gas pipeline valves.
  • Conduct routine survey of gas mains and distribution lines to detect and locate escaping gas using gas detecting devices.
  • Investigate reports of gas leaks to determine the exact location and extent of leaks.
  • Dig ground to expose gas lines and repair damaged pipes.
  • Keep record of work performed and location and condition of pipelines.
  • Provide information on underground gas distribution lines and observe excavation work to ensure that underground gas facilities are protected.
Sample job titles:
  • distribution and maintenance worker - utilities
  • gas maintenance worker
  • maintenance utility worker
  • pipeline maintenance worker
  • utility plant maintenance worker
  • water system maintenance worker
  • waterworks maintenance worker

To work in this occupation, you should be in good physical condition and comfortable working outdoors. Basic mathematical skills are needed to make accurate measurements. You must be able to follow instructions and work well with others. The ability to read blueprints is also an asset.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
Other considerations:

Mobility between jobs in this group normally occurs within the same area of work, such as within wastewater treatment plants, within water filtration and distribution plants or within gas distribution plants. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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. Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 30% of Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $53,471. 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
Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers100xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $35,012
Maximum:  N/A
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
Waterworks and Gas Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time81%89%
Percent self-employed0%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentWaterworks and Gas Maintenance WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton30%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley7%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeWaterworks and Gas Maintenance WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4647
GenderWaterworks and Gas Maintenance WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
EducationWaterworks and Gas Maintenance WorkersCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school14.8%$20,73918.2%$25,753
High school25.9%$29,75025.5%$28,089
Trades certificate18.5%$27,76229.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma29.6%$23,54522.6%$39,023
University certificate or diplomaxx1.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degreex$22,0592.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.2%$41,705
Master's degreexx0.3%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.0%$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:
Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada - Atlantic
PO Box 9410, Station A
Halifax, NS B3K 5S3
Tel: (902) 425-2445
Fax: (902) 425-2441
Waste Water Nova Scotia Society
Box 4 RR #4
New Glasgow, NS B2H 5C7
Tel: (902) 246-2131
Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association
Box 28141
Dartmouth, NS B2W 6E2
Tel: (902) 434-6002
Fax: (902) 435-7796

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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