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72999 – Other technical trades and related occupations

Workers in other technical trades occupations repair, service, install, calibrate or fabricate a variety of products. This unit group also includes commercial divers. They are employed by a wide range of establishments, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.


Example titles

  • Aircraft patternmaker
  • Blacksmith
  • Commercial diver
  • Die setter
  • Explosive ordnance detector
  • Farrier
  • Gunsmith
  • Locksmith
  • Reclamation diver
  • Restoration steeplejack
  • Safe maker
  • Saw fitter
  • Small arms repairer
  • Toolsmith
  • Underwater contractor
  • Vault repairer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Fabricate guns and repair and modify firearms according to blueprints or customers' specifications.
  • Repair, install and adjust locks, make keys and change lock combinations.
Safe and vault servicers
  • Install, repair and maintain safes and vaults in banks and other establishments.
Saw fitters
  • Repair, set and sharpen band saws, chain saws, circular saws and other types of saw blades according to specifications.
Die setters
  • Select dies for forging according to work order and specifications; position align and bolt dies to ram and anvil of power presses and hammers.
Commercial divers
  • Perform underwater activities related to construction, inspection, search, salvage, repair and photography.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program in a relevant trade, such as locksmith or saw fitter or college, high school or industry courses combined with several years of related work experience or several years of on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification for locksmiths is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Sawfiler/fitter and sawfitter trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Provincial trade certification or licensing may be required for other occupations in this unit group.
  • Commercial divers must meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z275.4-02, Competency Standard for Diving Operations.
  • Commercial divers require an Occupational Diver Certificate of Competency issued by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) or qualification earned through a formal education program, training courses in diving or a combination of education and practical experience.
  • Commercial divers require certification of competency and a diving medical examination from an approved hyperbaric physician.
  • Commercial divers may require military or police diving experience.
  • Commercial divers usually require a provincial blaster's licence for the setting and detonation of explosives.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • There is little or no mobility among occupations 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
729 – Others technical trades
Minor group
7299 – Others technical trades
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