Waterworks and gas maintenance workers (NOC 7442)

Job titles

  • distribution and maintenance worker - utilities
  • field measurement hand - utilities
  • gas leak inspector
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Nature of work

Waterworks maintenance workers maintain and repair waterworks equipment and facilities. They are employed in water filtration and distribution plants and waste treatment plants. Gas maintenance workers check and perform routine maintenance and minor repairs to exterior and underground gas mains and distribution lines. They are employed by gas distribution companies.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working in transportation and maintenance
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Waterworks maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Check, clean and lubricate waterworks equipment, such as pumping equipment, chlorination equipment and compressors
  • - Adjust and repair waterworks equipment under the direction of qualified tradesperson
  • - Search and locate reported water leaks and repair water-mains, valves or outlets
  • - Install water meters using hand and power tools.
  • Gas maintenance workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Check and lubricate gas pipeline valves
  • - Conduct routine survey of gas mains and distribution lines to detect and locate escaping gas using gas detecting devices
  • - Investigate reports of gas leaks to determine the exact location and extent of leaks
  • - Dig ground to expose gas lines and repair damaged pipes
  • - Keep record of work performed and location and condition of pipelines
  • - Provide information on underground gas distribution lines and observe excavation work to ensure that underground gas facilities are protected.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Several years of experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Mobility between jobs in this unit group normally occurs within the same area of work, such as within waste water treatment plants, within water filtration and distribution plants or within gas distribution plants.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.