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72021 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

Contractors and supervisors of heavy equipment operator crews supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Crane operators (72500), Water well drillers (72501), Heavy equipment operators (73400), Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction (73402), Railway yard and track maintenance workers (74200), Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (74205), Longshore workers (75100), Material handlers (75101), and Public works and maintenance labourers (75212). 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.


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, coordinate 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 coordinate 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, coordinate 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

  • 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.
  • There is some mobility between occupations classified in this unit group.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations
Major group
72 – Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers
Sub-major group
720 – Technical trades contractors and supervisors
Minor group
7202 – Contractors and supervisors, technical maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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