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

(NOC 7301, 7302, 7303, 7304, 7305)

in All Trades and Transportation

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 190 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High 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 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)

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$25.00

Median

$37.98

Maximum

Annual Pay

$20,131

Minimum

$63,487

Median

$106,945

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 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

Skills

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,525

employed in 2016

96.9%

employed full-time

16.4%

self employed

4.3%
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95.7%
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51.9

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?

33.2%

Halifax

22.8%

Annapolis Valley

18.5%

Northern

15.8%

Cape Breton

9.5%

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

51.1%

Construction

13.6%

Transportation and Warehousing

9.7%

Public Administration

6.8%

Other Services

2.9%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

31.4%

45-54

26.7%

55-64

26.7%

35-44

9.0%

25-34

5.8%

65+

1.4%

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

29.6%

Trades certificate

$53,410 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$42,521 median annual income
24.8%

College certificate or diploma

$50,340 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$35,513 median annual income
3.1%

Bachelor's degree

$47,853 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

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

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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