Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (NOC 7522)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2018-2020)
Minimum 17.00$
Median 24.00$
Maximum 30.60$
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

This unit group includes workers who operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials. This group also includes workers who clear vegetation close to power lines, workers who inspect the condition of utility poles and workers who locate underground utility lines and pipes. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal public works departments, private contractors under contract with government public works departments and private companies involved in the collection of refuse and recyclable materials.

Main duties

  • Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate garbage trucks to remove garbage and other refuse and dump loads at designated sites
  • - Operate street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers or other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes to remove sand, litter and trash
  • - Operate snowploughs or trucks fitted with plough blades to remove snow from streets, highways, parking lots and similar areas
  • - Continued…
  • - Operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems
  • - Operate trucks equipped with road sanding and other similar apparatus
  • - Operate chainsaws and other clearing equipment to fell trees and cut back vegetation close to power lines
  • - Operate equipment and hand tools to inspect and test utility poles for decay and deterioration
  • - Operate equipment and instruments to locate underground utility lines and pipes
  • - Check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school may be required.
  • * Experience as a public works labourer is usually required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * A driver's licence appropriate to a specific type of equipment may be required.
  • * Trade certification for utility arborists is available, but voluntary, in Ontario and British Columbia.

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