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72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

Contractors and supervisors in mechanic trades supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in unit groups within the following minor groups: Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle) (7240), Automotive service technicians (7241) and Small motor, engine and equipment mechanics and related repairers (including electrical components) (7242). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the unit group descriptions of the above minor groups. Contractors may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • 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 equipment mechanic 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
  • Small-engine repair shop supervisor
  • Textile machine mechanics foreman/woman

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, coordinate 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 coordinate 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, coordinate 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

  • 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 little or no intertrade mobility among the supervisors 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
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