National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.0

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7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

These occupations include trades supervisors and contractors, construction and mechanical tradespersons, operators of transportation and heavy equipment and trades helpers. These occupations are found in a wide range of industrial sectors, with many in the construction and transportation industries.

This category includes most of the apprenticeable trades, including all those related to the construction industry. Other occupations in this category usually require completion of college or vocational education programs combined with on-the-job training. Helpers obtain training on the job site. Progression to supervisory positions or self-employed contractor status is possible with experience. There is limited mobility or transferability of skills among occupations in this category due to specific apprenticeship, training and licensing requirements for most occupations.

73 - Maintenance and equipment operation trades

This major group comprises occupations in maintenance and equipment operation trades, which usually require more than two years of apprenticeship or on-the-job training in the trade. It includes contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators; machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicles); automotive service technicians; other mechanics and related repairers; train crew operations occupations; crane operators, drillers and blasters; and printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, not elsewhere classified.

730 - Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators

This minor group includes maintenance trade contractors and heavy equipment and transport operator contractors who own and operate their own businesses; and supervisors who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in maintenance and heavy equipment and transport operator trades. They are employed by railway transport companies and urban transit systems; utilities; aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments; airlines and other aircraft operators; industrial machinery and transportation equipment and vehicle manufacturers; companies that own and operate heavy equipment and heavy equipment dealers, rental and service establishments; elevator construction and maintenance companies; refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, retail and servicing establishments and food wholesalers; engineering firms; motor vehicle dealers, garages, truck and trailer dealerships, fleet maintenance companies, and service stations; heating systems installation and service companies; appliance repair shops service companies and repair departments of retail and wholesale establishments; and electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies; or they may be self-employed.

7301 - Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

This unit group includes heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, millwrighting and elevator and other equipment installation and mechanic trades contractors who own and operate their own businesses. This group also includes supervisors who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in unit groups within the following minor groups: Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) (731), Automotive Service Technicians (732) and Other Mechanics (733). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the unit group descriptions of the above minor groups.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic foreman/woman
    • aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) supervisor
    • aircraft mechanics and inspectors foreman/woman
    • appliance repair shop supervisor
    • electrical mechanics foreman/woman
    • heating systems contractor
    • heating systems mechanics foreman/woman
    • heavy machinery assembly foreman/woman
    • industrial mechanics supervisor
    • motor vehicle repair shop supervisor
    • printing machine repairers foreman/woman
    • railway car repairer foreman/woman
    • railway equipment maintenance inspectors foreman/woman
    • small-engine repair shop foreman/woman
    • textile machine mechanics foreman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Foremen/women of workers who repair electrical industrial equipment (See 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations)
  • Main duties

    Contractors and supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who repair and maintain aircraft, railway locomotives and cars, industrial machinery and equipment, construction and other heavy equipment, textile equipment, printing machines, heating equipment and furnaces, transformers and other electrical equipment, motor vehicles, air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, electric appliances and other equipment, such as motorcycles, outboard motors and snowmobiles
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
    • Requisition materials and supplies
    • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
    • Train or arrange for training of workers
    • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
    • Ensure that standards for safe working conditions are observed
    • Prepare production and other reports
    • May manage the operations of their own companies
    • May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are usually required.
    • Journeyman/woman trade certification in a relevant trade is required.
  • Additional information

    • There is little or no intertrade mobility among the supervisors in this unit group.
7302 - Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

This unit group includes excavating, grading, paving, drilling and blasting contractors who own and operate their own business. This unit group also includes supervisors who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Crane Operators (7371), Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction (7372), Water Well Drillers (7373), Longshore Workers (7451), Material Handlers (7452), Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) (7521), Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators and Related Workers (7522), Railway Yard and Track Maintenance Workers (7531), and Public Works and Maintenance Labourers (7621). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the above unit group descriptions.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • demolition foreman/woman
    • drilling and blasting foreman/woman - construction
    • 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 section foreman/woman
    • railway track maintenance foreman/woman
    • road maintenance foreman/woman
    • track foreman/woman - railway
    • water well drilling supervisor

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors of heavy equipment mechanics (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
    • Supervisors of logging machinery operators (See 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry)
  • Main duties

    Contractors and supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate cranes and construction, paving, drilling, railway maintenance and other similar heavy equipment
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other project supervisors or managers
    • Requisition materials and supplies
    • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
    • Train or arrange for training of workers
    • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
    • Prepare production and other reports
    • May manage the operations of own company
    • May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Several years of experience in the occupation supervised is required.
    • Journeyman/woman trade certification in a relevant trade may be required.
  • Additional information

    • There is some mobility between occupations classified in this unit group.
7303 - Supervisors, printing and related occupations

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders, process film, print text and illustrations on paper, metal and other material, and bind and finish printed products. They are employed by companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components, such as binding or colour reproduction, in combined printing and publishing companies, such as newspapers and magazines, and in various establishments in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bindery foreman/woman - printing
    • bindery supervisor - printing
    • composing room supervisor - printing
    • film processing supervisor
    • finishing supervisor - printing
    • photographic and film processing foreman/woman
    • platemaking supervisor - printing
    • prepress supervisor - printing
    • pressroom supervisor - printing

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Printing plant managers (See 0911 Manufacturing managers)
    • Supervisors of desktop publishing operators (See 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers)
  • Main duties

    Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders; process film; and print, bind and finish books, newspapers, business forms and other printed products
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
    • Review and approve all job proofs or samples in order to ensure quality of work meets client specifications
    • Requisition materials and supplies
    • Resolve work problems, provide technical advice and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
    • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
    • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
    • Prepare production and other reports
    • May set up machines or equipment.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required.
    • Completion of a college program in graphic arts technology may be required.
    • Several years of experience in the work area supervised is usually required.
    • Provincial trade certification may be required for some occupations in this unit group.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to management positions, such as department, production or plant manager, is possible with experience.
7304 - Supervisors, railway transport operations

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of railway and yard locomotive engineers, railway yard workers and railway labourers. They are employed by railway transport companies.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • freight train road foreman/woman
    • railway transport operations supervisor
    • stationmaster
    • trainmaster
    • yard foreman/woman - railway
    • yardmaster - railway

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors of railway car repairers and locomotive mechanics (See 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)
    • Supervisors of railway track maintenance crews (See 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
  • Main duties

    Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate trains, drive locomotives in railway yards and perform other duties related to railway operations
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
    • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve performance
    • Requisition materials and supplies
    • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policy
    • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
    • Prepare work reports.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • A Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate is required.
    • A certificate in accordance with the Railway Employee Qualification Standards Regulations is required.
    • Several years of railway operations experience are required.
7305 - Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate activities of truck drivers, bus drivers, delivery drivers, subway and other transit operators, chauffeurs and taxi and limousine drivers. This unit group also includes bus dispatchers who co-ordinate the activities of transit system bus drivers and subway traffic controllers who operate and monitor signal and track switch control panels. They are employed by motor transportation and ground transit companies and by urban transit systems.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • bus dispatcher
    • bus inspector
    • light rail transit (LRT) operators supervisor
    • school bus drivers supervisor
    • subway operators supervisor
    • subway traffic controller
    • transit mobile inspector
    • truck drivers foreman/woman
    • urban transit system foreman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Supervisors, railway transport operations (See 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations)
    • Train dispatchers (See 2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators)
    • Truck transport and taxi dispatchers (See 1525 Dispatchers)
  • Main duties

    Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who operate trucks, buses, subway trains, light rail transit, street cars, taxis and other transport vehicles
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
    • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve performance
    • Requisition materials and supplies
    • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
    • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions
    • Dispatch bus drivers and monitor routes to ensure schedules are met and to resolve operating problems
    • Monitor and operate signal and track switch control panel of subway systems
    • Prepare work reports and budgets, and monitor expenditures.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Several years of experience as a driver or operator of motor transport or ground transit equipment are usually required.
  • Additional information

    • There is little mobility between occupations in the different transportation sectors of this unit group.
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