Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers

(NOC 7442)

in All Trades and Transportation

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

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)

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

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Skills

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 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, 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

100

employed in 2016

81.5%

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

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?

33.3%

Halifax

29.6%

Cape Breton

25.9%

Northern

7.4%

Southern

7.4%

Annapolis Valley

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

20.8%

Utilities

20.8%

Public Administration

16.7%

Health Care and Social Assistance

16.7%

Support for Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

8.3%

Accommodation and Food Services

What is the age of Employment?

37.5%

45-54

18.8%

55-64

18.8%

35-44

18.8%

25-34

12.5%

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%

College certificate or diploma

$23,545 median annual income
25.9%

High school

$29,750 median annual income
18.5%

Trades certificate

$27,762 median annual income
14.8%

Less than high school

$20,739 median annual income
7.4%

Doctorate

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

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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