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7203 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

Contractors and supervisors in pipefitting trades supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Plumbers (7251), Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers (7252) and Gas fitters (7253). They are employed by construction companies, mechanical, plumbing and pipefitting trade contractors and maintenance departments of industrial, commercial and manufacturing establishments. Contractors may be self-employed.

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Example titles

  • Gas fitters foreman/woman
  • Gas fitters supervisor
  • Pipefitters foreman/woman
  • Pipefitting contractor
  • Plumber foreman/woman
  • Plumbers supervisor
  • Plumbing contractor
  • Sprinkler system installer foreman/woman
  • Steamfitter foreman/woman
  • Steamfitters supervisor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain piping systems used for the transmission of steam, heat, water, oil and other liquids and gases in residential, commercial, industrial and other installations
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • 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
  • Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed
  • Prepare schedules and other reports
  • May manage the operations of their own companies
  • May supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.

Small businesses' contractors may execute tasks within their trade area of expertise, which is generally not the case for supervisors or contractors associated with a medium or large business.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are 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.

Exclusions

  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers (7205)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Skill level
2 - Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training
Major group
72 - Industrial, electrical and construction trades
Minor group
720 - Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers
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2016
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