Heavy Equipment Operator Crew Contractors and Supervisors

(NOC 7302)

in All Trades and Transportation

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of the following groups of workers: Crane operators, Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction, Water well drillers, Longshore workers, Material handlers, Heavy equipment operators (except crane), Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers, Railway yard and track maintenance workers, and Public works and maintenance labourers. They work in a wide range of companies that are related to the trade supervised. Contractors may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 100 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

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.

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 remain largely the same over the next few years. 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 of Heavy Equipment Operator Crews most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 57% of Contractors and Supervisors of Heavy Equipment Operator Crews who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $70,530. 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

$25.60

Median

$31.25

Maximum

Annual Pay

$20,730

Minimum

$61,602

Median

$100,816

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

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of the following groups of workers: Crane operators, Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction, Water well drillers, Longshore workers, Material handlers, Heavy equipment operators (except crane), Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers, Railway yard and track maintenance workers, and Public works and maintenance labourers. They work in a wide range of companies that are related to the trade supervised. Contractors may be self-employed.

Job duties

Contractors and supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other project supervisors or managers.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity.
  • Train or arrange for training of workers.
  • Recommend staffing actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May manage the operations of own company.
  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
  • Small businesses' contractors may carry out tasks within their trade area of expertise, which is generally not the case for supervisors or contractors associated with a medium or large business.

Sample job titles

  • demolition foreman/woman
  • drilling and blasting foreman/woman
  • excavating contractor
  • heavy equipment operators supervisor
  • logging road construction foreman/woman
  • oil field construction supervisor
  • paving contractor
  • pipeline construction supervisor
  • railway gang foreman/woman
  • railway track maintenance foreman/woman
  • road maintenance foreman/woman
  • water well drilling supervisor

Skills

Leadership and effective spoken and written communication skills are needed, 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

  • High school is usually required.
  • Several years of experience in the trade supervised is required.
  • Journeyperson trade certification in a related trade may be required.

Other considerations

Most people in these jobs work full-time but often for only part of each year. Many may work on a project basis and can expect periods of unemployment throughout the year. There is some movement between jobs in this group. Movement to management positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,060

employed in 2016

96.7%

employed full-time

10.4%

self employed

2.8%
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97.2%
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51.3

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?

27.8%

Halifax

24.1%

Annapolis Valley

19.8%

North Shore

18.9%

Cape Breton

9.4%

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

75.4%

Construction

10.5%

Public administration

4.1%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

3.5%

Transportation and warehousing

2.3%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

55-64

22.0%

35-44

22.0%

45-54

15.0%

25-34

10.0%

65+

2.0%

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

30.2%

High school

$67,956 median annual income
24.1%

Apprenticeship

$58,973 median annual income
19.8%

College Diploma

$66,930 median annual income
17.9%

Less than high school

$52,199 median annual income
3.8%

Bachelor

$78,635 median annual income

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

Construction/heavy equipment/earthmoving equipment operation

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

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment, such as crawler tractors, motor graders and scrapers, shovels, rigging devices, hoists, and jacks. These programs include courses in digging, ditching, sloping, stripping, grading, and backfilling, clearing and excavating.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

301 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS B1S 2E8

(902) 539-9766

Commercial Safety College

Highway #2, Masstown PO Box 848

Truro, NS B2N 5G6

(902) 662-2190

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Operating Engineers Training Institute of Nova Scotia

296 Grey Mountain Road, PO Box 103

Falmouth, NS B0P 1L0

(902) 798-5070

Dexter Institute

927 Rocky Lake Dr, Po Box 48100

Bedford, NS B4A 3Z2

(902) 832-6391

Ground transportation - Other

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

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Ground Transportation.

Institutions providing this program

Commercial Safety College

Highway #2, Masstown PO Box 848

Truro, NS B2N 5G6

(902) 662-2190

Mobile crane operation/operator

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

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to hoist and swing loads via complex rotating machinery that is driver operated. These programs include courses in crane operational characteristics, load and capacity chart usage, emergency control skills, safety, specific types of mobile cranes and loading devices, applicable codes and standards, and applications to particular types of jobs and loads.

Institutions providing this program

Commercial Safety College

Highway #2, Masstown PO Box 848

Truro, NS B2N 5G6

(902) 662-2190

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Operating Engineers Training Institute of Nova Scotia

296 Grey Mountain Road, PO Box 103

Falmouth, NS B0P 1L0

(902) 798-5070

Well drilling/driller

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

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to set up, maintain, repair, and operate well drilling equipment; locate, drill, construct, and develop water, gas, and oil wells; and test and monitor wells to ensure adequate flow. These programs include courses with applications to home, business, and industrial uses.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Trade Certification

Certificate of Qualification: Certification in a related designated trade is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

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
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.

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.