Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations (NOC 7201)

About this job

This group includes sheet metal, ironwork, welding and boilermaking trade contractors who own and operate their own businesses.

This group also includes supervisors who supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups:

These workers are employed by structural, platework and related metal products fabrication, manufacturing and erecting companies.

Common job titles
  • contractor, structural steel
  • foreperson, automotive machine shop
  • foreperson, boilermakers, platers
  • foreperson, machine shop
  • foreperson, metal patternmakers
  • foreperson, metal-machining inspection


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

  • supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who shape, form and join metal parts or products to specified dimensions, machine metal into parts, prodecucts, tools and dies or moulds with precise measurements and erect light and heavy metal products and structures
  • set up methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments
  • order materials and supplies
  • solve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
  • train or arrange for training of workers
  • recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • make sure standards for safe working conditions are met
  • prepare production and other reports
  • set up machines and equipment
  • write programs for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools
  • may manage the operations of own company
  • may also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of apprentices, machine operators, helpers and labourers

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place indoors in a setting that may be noisy.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little or no intertrade mobility among the supervisors in this unit group.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.