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7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

Contractors and supervisors of heavy equipment operator crews 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. Contractors may be self-employed.

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Example titles

  • 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

Main duties

This group performs 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.

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 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.

Exclusions

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
Skill level
3 - Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training
Major group
73 - Maintenance and equipment operation trades
Minor group
730 - Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
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2016
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