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Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work. They are employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies.
backhoe operator, bulldozer operator, excavator operator, gradall operator, grader operator, heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment operator apprentice, loader operator – construction, side boom tractor operator, surface mining equipment operator.
- Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel or other materials during construction and related activities
- Operate bulldozers or other heavy equipment to clear brush and stumps prior to logging activities and to build roads at logging and surface mining sites
- Operate heavy equipment with pile driver head to drive piling into earth to provide support for buildings, bridges or other structures
- Operate heavy dredging equipment to deepen waterways or reclaim earth fill
- Operate heavy paving and surfacing equipment to lay, spread or compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction
- Operate power shovels to excavate rock, ore or other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries or construction pits
- Operate heavy equipment to move, load and unload cargo
- Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment and clean, lubricate and refill equipment.
Outlook & Prospects for Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) in Edmundston--Woodstock 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.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)) is part of a larger occupational group called Heavy Equipment Operators (NOC 742).
|Occupations in this group||
Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) (7421)
Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators (7422)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||91,427|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||42|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||59|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced a decline in employment and a sharp increase in the unemployment rate. The unemployment rate was higher than the average for all occupations (14.1% compared to 7.6% in 2010). The average hourly wage increased at the same rate as the average for all occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Heavy Equipment Operators, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 44,405 and 44,003 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply was exceeding demand in this occupation, it is expected that the number of job seekers will continue to be more than sufficient to fill job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Retirements will be the primary source of employment and the retirement rate will be just above the average. The number of job openings resulting from economic growth will be higher over the projection period than over the 2001-2010 period. The economic recovery will be responsible for employment growth in construction, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors, over the projection period. In terms of supply, job seekers will come primarily from the school system and from other occupations. The strong mobility toward this occupation is due to the sustained employment growth in the construction industry since 2001, as well as the favourable employment conditions, specifically the wages, that are offered.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||2,938||7%|
|Projected Job Openings||44,405||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||44,003||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Mining and oil and gas extraction||16.20|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 10% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The Labour Force Survey also gives us some information about self-employment. This occupation (Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)) is part of a larger group called Heavy Equipment Operators (NOC 742). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 11% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)) is part of a larger group called Heavy Equipment Operators (NOC 742). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 47%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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