7621 Public works and maintenance labourers

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Lead statement

Public works and maintenance labourers perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas. They are employed by public works departments in all levels of government or by private contractors under contract to governments.

Example Titles

  • helper – garbage collection
  • municipal labourer
  • parking meter collector
  • public works labourer
  • road maintenance worker
  • sewer maintenance worker
  • sidewalk cleaner

Main duties

  • Public works and maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Clean and maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and public grounds of municipality and other areas, working as member of crew
    • Sweep debris and remove snow from streets, sidewalks, building grounds and other areas, and load snow and debris into carts or trucks
    • Shovel cement and other materials into cement mixers, spread concrete and asphalt on road surfaces using shovels, rakes and hand tampers, and perform other activities to assist in maintenance and repair of roads
    • Spread sand or salt on sidewalks for snow and ice control
    • Dig ditches and trenches using shovels and other hand tools
    • Operate jackhammers and drills to break up pavement
    • Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
    • Collect money from coin boxes of parking meters along established route
    • Collect and load refuse on garbage trucks
    • Assist equipment operators to secure attachments to equipment or trucks
    • Assist in routine maintenance and repair of equipment
    • Assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics
    • May operate mobile sidewalk-cleaning equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Several weeks of on-the-job training are provided.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions or to public works maintenance equipment operator positions is possible with experience.

Exclusions

  • Construction labourers (in 76117611 Construction trades helpers and labourers)
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (86128612)
  • Park maintenance labourers (in 86128612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers)
  • Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (75227522)
  • Railway and motor transport labourers (76227622)
  • Supervisors of public works maintenance labourers and workers (in 73027302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)