Public works equipment operators

Public works equipment operators

NOC
7522

- Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers

Operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems, clear vegetation around power lines and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclables.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

59
 

Median Hourly Wage

$18.90
$16.50
Low
$29.00
High

Median Salary

$40,198
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

508
 

% Working Full Time

95%
 

% Working Full Year

69%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

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
  • Operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems
  • Operate trucks equipped with apparatuses for spreading sand, salt or abrasives on roadways
  • 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.

Also Known As

  • garbage truck driver
  • municipal maintenance equipment operator
  • power pole inspector
  • public works maintenance equipment operator
  • salt truck operator
  • sand spreader operator
  • sewer-flushing truck operator - public works
  • snow removal equipment operator - public works
  • street flusher operator
  • street sweeper operator
  • utility arborist
  • utility locator
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.9%
Female
98.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

5.7%
15-24
14.3%
25-34
21.9%
35-44
30.5%
45-54
20.0%
55-64
7.6%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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23.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
48.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
12.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
13.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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43.3%
Public administration
32.7%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
8.7%
Construction
15.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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15.20%
Northeast
21.90%
Southeast
25.70%
Southwest
26.70%
Central
10.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$24,521
Northeast
$49,002
Southeast
$49,861
Southwest
$49,373
Central
$56,803
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$18.00
$13.00
Low
$25.00
High

Southeast

$18.90
$16.50
Low
$29.00
High

Southwest

$19.40
$17.00
Low
$29.00
High

Central

$18.90
$16.50
Low
$29.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$40,198

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$51,227

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$40,198

Newfoundland

$44,907

Prince Edward Island

$27,451

Nova Scotia

$40,088

Canada

$46,637
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

59
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

61
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

211
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

13
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

199