Job outlook Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators Supervisor in Ontario

Job opportunities for Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a public works maintenance equipment operators supervisor.

Job opportunities in Ontario

public works maintenance equipment operators supervisor
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.

The majority of these contractors and supervisors work across the construction industry, in heavy and civil engineering, the construction of buildings, and as specialty trade contractors.

The demand for workers in this occupation will likely remain favourable over the forecast period, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Several large-scale infrastructure projects are in progress including upgrades to transit and related facilities, power generation plants, and highways and bridges. Investments in commercial developments, public facilities such as hospitals and a few large industrial projects will support demand for these workers as well. While residential construction may ease, higher population growth in some of Ontario's largest urban centres continues to support residential developments such as condominiums. The residential market will also likely continue to see steady renovation demands and opportunities will arise to renovate older commercial spaces and public facilities. As a result, repair and maintenance needs will be a source of work during the forecast period.

Job opportunities in this field can also be found in municipal governments to support road maintenance, including winter snow removal, and in rail transportation. Outsourcing of some municipal functions may affect the need for workers in this area while rather stable railway activity could lead to work in this area.

Individuals normally progress into contractor and supervisory roles based on skill level. In most cases, contractors and supervisors are skilled trade workers who have several years of experience in a related field such as crane operators, material handlers, and heavy equipment operators (except crane). Candidates will need to obtain the required licence to operate various pieces of equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, trenchers and graders. Some employers may also require professional designation from the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors. There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with greater demands overall in the warmer months. These workers often have to travel to various sites, so a valid driver's licence may be required. Individuals who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 13,550 people work in this occupation.
  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 77%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 68% of contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews work all year, while 32% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 37 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 10% of contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Good
London Region Good
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Fair
Northwest Region Fair
Ottawa Region Good
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Good
Toronto Region Good
Windsor-Sarnia Region Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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