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This unit group includes telecommunications and electrical 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: <i>Electricians</i> (7241), <i>Industrial Electricians</i> (7242), <i>Power System Electricians</i> (7243), <i>Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers</i> (7244), <i>Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers</i> (7245), <i>Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers</i> (7246) and <i>Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians</i> (7247). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the above unit group descriptions.
electrical contractor, foreman/woman, cablevision technicians, foreman/woman, construction electricians, foreman/woman, industrial electricians, foreman/woman, power line and cable workers, foreman/woman, power system electricians, foreman/woman, telecommunications installation and repair workers, supervisor, cable maintenance and repair, supervisor, plant electricians, supervisor, residential electricians.
- Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain electrical wiring, fixtures and control devices, power systems, telecommunication systems and cablevision systems
- Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other subcontractors or departments
- Requisition materials and supplies
- Resolve work problems and recommend work 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 work progress reports
- May manage the operations of own company
- May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
Outlook & Prospects for Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations in Annapolis Valley Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-06-21|
Currently the chances of qualified Electrical and Telecommunications Contractors and supervisors finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Employment potential is Fair locally because the majority of people employed in this occupation locally are the owners of the company and occasional opportunities tend to be filled from people within the company or the construction industry. There is also typically less demand at the supervisory level.
The strength of the construction industry usually has a direct impact on the employment outlook for this occupation. The dollar value of construction projects in the Annapolis Valley (Annapolis, Kings and West Hants) was down considerably in 2010 (January-November) despite a continuing high volume of road, commercial, industrial and institutional projects (many continued from 2009). Some of the most significant projects included large big box developments concentrated in New Minas, a new health centre at CFB Greenwood ($25.4M), a new high school in Kentville along with significant school renovations, several new long term care facilities (Shannex/GEM Health Care), the Apple Dome ($13M), significant water treatment infrastructure building, and numerous road/paving projects including the continued work on Highway 101. While some developments were the result of government infrastructure funding, the outlook for 2011 continues to be positive as many projects that began in 2010 continued into 2011. The downturn in residential building over the past few years is also expected to pick up somewhat in 2011 as low interest rates, rising incomes, and moderate job growth encourage consumer spending and several large housing projects start to develop. The introduction of the Home Renovation Tax Credit in 2009 by the federal government helped generate some additional renovation work but has since been discontinued.
Several sources including Atlantic Canada's Construction Sector Council continue to forecast on the impending shortage of skilled construction tradespersons and labourers as many construction workers are expected to retire over the next 5-10 years while overall construction employment is forecast to remain close to current levels. Other factors contributing to the lack of available construction workers include the migration of young people out of the Annapolis Valley and demand for construction workers in other parts of the country particularly Alberta and more recently Saskatchewan though the recession has caused some workers to return home in 2010.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Electrical and Telecommunications Contractors and supervisors in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Electrical and Telecommunications Contractors and supervisors (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013
- Pro-Farm Energy, an Ontario-based company, is seeking to lease land from local farmers in Hants and Annapolis counties beginning in 2015 to grow elephant grass to produce power at a biomass plant in Hantsport. About 70 full- and part-time workers will be hired to tend and harvest the crops.
- Major renovations are underway at two schools in the Annapolis Valley, and were recently completed at several other schools in the area
- Berwick experienced a busy 2012 construction season in the downtown core, with the building of a new drugstore, property upgrades, and other commercial renovations
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