National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0

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7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

This broad category comprises middle management occupations in trades, transportation and equipment, as well as occupations such as technical trades and transportation officers and controllers; general trades; mail and message distribution, other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers; and helpers and labourers and other transport drivers, operators and labourers.

72 - Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers

This major group comprises technical trades and transportation officers and controllers. These occupations come with Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER) identified as TEER 2. Occupations classified in TEER 2, as those included in this group with a 2 as the second digit of their code, typically require completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or supervisory or significant safety responsibilities; or the accumulation of several years of experience in a related occupation found in TEER 3, when applicable (TEER 3 includes occupations with a 3 as a second digit in their code).

725 - Technical equipment operation trades

This sub-major group comprises the technical equipment operation trades, including crane operators and water well drillers.

7250 - Crane operators and water well drillers

This minor group comprises crane operators and water well drillers. They are employed by construction, industrial, cargo handling, railway, water well drilling contractors; and governments; or they may be self-employed.

72500 - Crane operators

Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • boom truck crane operator
    • bridge crane operator
    • climbing crane operator
    • construction crane operator
    • crane operator
    • dragline crane operator
    • gantry crane operator
    • hoist operator (except underground mining)
    • mobile crane operator
    • tower crane operator
    • tractor crane operator

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (See 72021 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
    • Heavy equipment operators (See 73400 Heavy equipment operators)
    • Underground production and development miners (See 83100 Underground production and development miners)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
    • Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
    • Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures
    • Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas
    • Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side
    • Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards
    • Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials
    • Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels
    • Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials
    • Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines
    • May assemble tower cranes on site
    • Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a one- to three-year apprenticeship program
      or
      Industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
    • Mobile crane operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Northwest Territories.
    • Tower crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.
    • Hoist operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
    • Mobile crane operators may require a provincial licence to drive mobile cranes on public roads.
    • Internal company certification as a crane operator may be required by some employers.
    • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified mobile crane and tower crane operators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Additional information

    • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
72501 - Water well drillers

Water well drillers operate a variety of mobile water well drilling rigs and equipment to drill and monitor residential, commercial and industrial water wells. They are employed by water well drilling contractors and governments, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • cable tool driller - water well drilling
    • churn drill operator - water well drilling
    • water well driller
    • water well driller apprentice

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (See 72021 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
    • Driller - underground mining (See 83100 Underground production and development miners)
    • Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction (See 73402 Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction)
    • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (See 83101 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Review client requirements and proposed locations for water wells
    • Operate water well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore and dig for residential, commercial and industrial water wells or environmental assessment, and install well screens, casings and other well fixtures
    • Document geological formations encountered
    • Clean and disinfect wells in preparation for use
    • Perform routine mechanical maintenance work on water well drilling rigs and equipment
    • Install, test, maintain and repair water well pumps, piping systems and equipment and perform pumping tests to assess well performance
    • May provide other drilling services, such as repair or dismantling of existing water well structure, elevator shaft drilling and hydro pole drilling.

    Water well drillers may specialize in a specific method of drilling, such as cable, rotary, auger, hammer or reverse circulation drilling.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a two- to three-year water well drilling apprenticeship program
      or
      Two to three years of work experience in the trade combined with college or industry courses in water well drilling is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
    • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Additional information

    • Mobility is possible among the various well drilling operators in this unit group.
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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