Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (NOC 7202)

About this job

Electrical trades and telecommunications contractors own and operate their own telecommunications or electrical trade businesses.

Electrical trades and telecommunications contractors supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in the following occupational groups:

People in this occupation:

  • typically have a high level of technical knowledge
  • need good leadership and organizational skills
  • should enjoy working with and managing employees
  • must be able to coordinate and schedule activities, negotiate with clients and resolve problems under sometimes demanding conditions
Common job titles
  • contractor, cable installation / telecom
  • contractor-electrician
  • electrical installation contractor
  • foreperson, installers and repairers
  • foreperson, microwave system
  • foreperson, power line and cable workers
  • contractor, cable installation / telecom
  • contractor-electrician
  • electrical installation contractor
  • electrical load tester supervisor
  • electrician, chief
  • foreperson, cable installation

Duties

Contractors and supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • supervise, coordinate 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 coordinate work activities with other subcontractors or departments
  • request materials and supplies
  • solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity
  • train or arrange for training of workers
  • recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • make sure work safety regulations are followed
  • prepare work progress reports
  • may manage the operations of their own company
  • may also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers

Work environment

Electrical trades and telecommunications contractors and supervisors often work long and irregular hours to complete projects on schedule. Overtime and extended workweeks are common, and workers may also have to be on call in case of emergencies.

Working conditions vary depending on the worksite. Work may be done indoors, in offices and industrial settings, or outdoors at places such as construction sites, where workers are exposed to weather. Work on construction sites and within power plants can be noisy and dirty.

Depending on the job, workers may have to temporarily relocate to construction projects in remote areas.

The nature of the work may be stressful at times, when unexpected delays are encountered.

Insights from industry

More than half of the job openings in the coming years will come from the need to replace retiring workers.

Some contractors and construction tradespersons rely on non-residential building activity to generate business.

Demand for these workers depends largely on growth in the Construction industry. Commercial, institutional and industrial construction activity is expected to increase. For example, government and private infrastructure projects will create opportunities in various regions of the province.

The Communications and Utilities industries also expect to see growth, which should translate into increased work opportunities for electrical trades and telecommunications contractors and supervisors. Expanding communications networks, such as cellular phones, wireless email and broadband internet will increase the demand for associated technical occupations.

While increased competition has resulted in some job reductions in the larger telecommunications companies, the industry is seeing overall job growth.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Most individuals in this occupational group start their careers in entry-level positions. To become a supervisor or contractor, workers should gain as much experience, on-the-job training and education as possible.

There is some movement between jobs within a specific trade. However, there is little or no movement between trades.

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