Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities Supervisors

(NOC 9212)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of the following groups of workers: Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators, Power engineers and power systems operators, Water and waste treatment plant operators, Chemical plant machine operators and Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities. They work for petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical companies, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, electric power utilities, water and waste treatment utilities and in a range of other industries and institutions.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 80 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 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 not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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. Supervisors in Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 79% of Supervisors in Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $83,035. 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

$25.60

Minimum

$37.00

Median

$50.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$43,569

Minimum

$80,583

Median

$165,163

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of the following groups of workers: Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators, Power engineers and power systems operators, Water and waste treatment plant operators, Chemical plant machine operators and Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities. They work for petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical companies, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, electric power utilities, water and waste treatment utilities and in a range of other industries and institutions.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Identify, investigate, fix and document potential environmental and safety problems.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Provide information for maintenance plans to make sure that maintenance and production goals are met.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policy.
  • Recommend staffing actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports and manage operating budget for area of responsibility.
  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of trades workers, labourers or other workers.

Sample job titles

  • chemical processing supervisor
  • chemical unit foreman/woman
  • cosmetics processing foreman/woman
  • natural gas plant foreman/woman
  • paint processing foreman/woman
  • petroleum refining supervsior
  • pharmaceuticals production supervisor
  • pipeline oeprations supervisor
  • power station supervisor
  • sewage treatment plant supervisor
  • specialty chemicals production supervisor
  • water purification plant foreman/woman

Skills

You must be capable of supervising staff, working with teams, communicating effectively, and maintaining production schedules. Problem-solving, technical writing, and computer skills are important. For some jobs, physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • College education in chemical processing or sciences may be needed for some jobs in this group.
  • Several years of experience as a senior operator in the same company or plant are usually required.
  • Some jobs in this group may need a specific licence or certification like a power engineer licence, refrigeration certification, or wastewater treatment certification.
  • Solid waste, landfill or compost facility operator certification may be required.

Other considerations

There is some mobility between jobs with similar technological or licensing requirements within this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

265

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

3.8%

self employed

3.8%
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96.2%
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48.3

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

32.7%

Halifax

26.9%

Cape Breton

17.3%

Annapolis Valley

13.5%

North Shore

9.6%

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

42.9%

Utilities

14.3%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

12.2%

Manufacturing

8.2%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

6.1%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

29.0%

35-44

22.0%

55-64

11.0%

25-34

4.0%

15-24

4.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

32.7%

College Diploma

$89,703 median annual income
28.8%

Trade Certification

$106,778 median annual income
21.2%

High school

$70,499 median annual income
13.5%

Less than high school

$45,573 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. They include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Stationary Energy Sources Installer and Operator (Canada)

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair, operate, and maintain large power sources that could include generating electricity and heat.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Power Engineer

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Technical Safety Division
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
(844) 424-3200
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

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

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
(902) 424-3600
(902) 424-0503
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