Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers

(NOC 7442)

in All Trades and Transportation

Waterworks maintenance workers maintain and repair waterworks equipment and facilities. They work for 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 work for gas distribution companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 33% 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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$35,012

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Waterworks maintenance workers maintain and repair waterworks equipment and facilities. They work for 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 work for gas distribution companies.

Job duties

Waterworks maintenance:

  • Check, clean and lubricate waterworks equipment like 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:

  • Check and lubricate gas pipeline valves.
  • Complete 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

Skills

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

  • High 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 like within wastewater treatment plants, within water filtration and distribution plants or within gas distribution plants. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

135

employed in 2016

85.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

11.1%
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88.9%
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45.7

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

32.1%

Halifax

28.6%

Cape Breton

25.0%

North Shore

7.1%

Annapolis Valley

7.1%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

20.0%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

20.0%

Utilities

20.0%

Public administration

16.0%

Health care and social assistance

8.0%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

35.0%

45-54

23.0%

35-44

19.0%

55-64

12.0%

25-34

12.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

33.3%

College Diploma

$52,852 median annual income
29.6%

High school

$51,511 median annual income
18.5%

Apprenticeship

N/A
14.8%

Less than high school

N/A
7.4%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

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 - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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

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Job postings

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