Utilities managers (NOC 0912)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

This group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of utility companies, utility services or heating oil distribution companies (i.e. managers in water supply, electrical power distribution, natural gas supply, petroleum product distribution, water pollution control and waste systems).

Utilities managers:
  • provide services such as water, electricity, natural gas or heating oil
  • provide services to residential, commercial and industrial consumers
  • work for public and private sector utilities and heating oil distribution companies
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Water supply managers:

  • manage water filtration, purification processes and pumping operations
  • schedule and oversee the maintenance of plant equipment
  • prepare reports on water supply and water quality

Electrical power distribution managers:

  • manage the operations of electrical power distribution systems including generating stations, transmission stations and distribution networks
  • plan and direct the distribution activities of a municipal electrical power establishment

Natural gas supply managers:

  • manage the delivery of gas to consumers
  • monitor supply inventories
  • control the recording of deposits and withdrawals

Petroleum product distribution managers:

  • plan and direct the distribution of heating oil products to retail distributors and regional storage sites

Water pollution control managers:

  • manage the operations of a sewage treatment plant
  • schedule and direct maintenance of plant equipment
  • prepare reports on water quality

Waste systems managers:

  • manage solid or liquid waste collection and disposal systems
  • train drivers in how to handle waste
  • ensure safe operation of disposal facilities

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to senior management positions in the utility industry is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.