Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades (NOC 7203)

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Nature of work

This unit group includes plumbing and other pipefitting trade contractors who own and operate their own businesses. This group also includes supervisors who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Plumbers (7251), Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers (7252) and Gas Fitters (7253). They are employed by construction companies, mechanical, plumbing and pipefitting trade contractors and maintenance departments of industrial, commercial and manufacturing establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Managing, organizing, administrating
  • Working for yourself

Main duties

  • Contractors and supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain piping systems used for the transmission of steam, heat, water, oil and other liquids and gases in residential, commercial, industrial and other installations
  • - Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • - Requisition materials and supplies
  • - Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
  • - Train or arrange for training of workers
  • - Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • - Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed
  • - Prepare schedules and other reports
  • - May manage the operations of their own companies
  • - May supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are required.
  • * Journeyman/woman trade certification in a relevant trade is required.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * There is little or no intertrade mobility among the supervisors in this unit group.