Public works and maintenance labourers (NOC 7621)

Job titles

Nature of work

Public works and maintenance labourers perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas. They are employed by public works departments in all levels of government or by private contractors under contract to governments.

Fields of interest

  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Public works and maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Clean and maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and public grounds of municipality and other areas, working as member of crew
  • - Sweep debris and remove snow from streets, sidewalks, building grounds and other areas, and load snow and debris into carts or trucks
  • - Shovel cement and other materials into cement mixers, spread concrete and asphalt on road surfaces using shovels, rakes and hand tampers, and perform other activities to assist in maintenance and repair of roads
  • - Spread sand or salt on sidewalks for snow and ice control
  • - Dig ditches and trenches using shovels and other hand tools
  • - Operate jackhammers and drills to break up pavement
  • - Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
  • - Collect money from coin boxes of parking meters along established route
  • - Collect and load refuse on garbage trucks
  • - Assist equipment operators to secure attachments to equipment or trucks
  • - Assist in routine maintenance and repair of equipment
  • - Assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics
  • - May operate mobile sidewalk-cleaning equipment.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Several weeks of on-the-job training are provided.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Elemental

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions or to public works maintenance equipment operator positions is possible with experience.