Other Trades and Related Workers

(NOC 7384)

in All Trades and Transportation

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 40 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 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)

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$22.00

Median

$50.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,544

Minimum

$41,414

Median

$105,007

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

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

405

employed in 2016

89.8%

employed full-time

23.5%

self employed

11.2%
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88.8%
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42.2

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?

43.0%

Halifax

19.6%

Annapolis Valley

15.0%

Northern

12.1%

Southern

10.3%

Cape Breton

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

18.5%

Public Administration

17.3%

Management, Admin & Other Support

14.8%

Retail Trade

11.1%

Agriculture

4.9%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

30.2%

25-34

27.0%

45-54

20.6%

35-44

14.3%

55-64

7.9%

15-24

3.2%

65+

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

31.6%

High school

$46,428 median annual income
23.5%

College certificate or diploma

$44,078 median annual income
22.4%

Trades certificate

$58,789 median annual income
14.3%

Less than high school

$54,286 median annual income
6.1%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

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

Locksmithing and safe repair

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

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
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
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

Contacts

Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1107
Fax: (902) 895-4270
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Diving Regulations
,
Canadian Working Divers Institute
Box 640
Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0
Tel: (800) 924-1124
Fax: (705) 657-2766
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
Maritime Blacksmiths Association
5601 Prospect Road
Halifax, B3Z 3X9
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 Cypress Creek Parkway Ste. 202
Houston, TX - USA 77069
Tel: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

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