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

(NOC 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205)

in All Trades and Transportation

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$27.50

Median

$43.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,995

Minimum

$54,241

Median

$112,362

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,940

employed in 2016

94.2%

employed full-time

34.5%

self employed

3.5%
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96.5%
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48.5

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.1%

Halifax

18.4%

Annapolis Valley

18.2%

Northern

11.4%

Cape Breton

9.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

67.3%

Construction

4.6%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

4.1%

Public Administration

2.8%

Other Services

2.8%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

25.3%

35-44

22.6%

55-64

15.6%

25-34

3.2%

65+

1.6%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

36.9%

Trades certificate

$48,081 median annual income
24.0%

College certificate or diploma

$42,298 median annual income
18.9%

High school

$29,543 median annual income
14.1%

Less than high school

$25,071 median annual income
3.4%

Bachelor's degree

$32,664 median annual income

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

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

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
260 Brownlow Avenue, Unit 3
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1V9
Tel: (902) 468-2267
Fax: (902) 468-2470
BuildForce Canada
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1150
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Tel: (613) 569-5552
Fax: (613) 569-1220
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
10 Ragged Lake Blvd. Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1C2
Tel: (902) 832-4761
Fax: (902) 832-4763

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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