Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (NOC 7522)

About this job

This group includes workers who:

  • operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems
  • operate garbage trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials
  • clear vegetation close to power lines
  • inspect the condition of utility poles
  • locate underground utility lines and pipes
  • work for municipal, provincial and federal public works departments
  • work for private contractors under contract with government public works departments
  • work for private companies involved in the collection of refuse and recyclable materials
Common job titles
  • driver, public works - recycling truck
  • forester, electrical
  • inspector, power pole / utility pole
  • operator, sewer flushing truck
  • operator, snowplough
  • operator, street sweeper / sprinkler


Public works maintenance equipment operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • operate garbage trucks to remove garbage and other refuse and dump loads at selected sites
  • operate street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers or other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes to remove sand, litter and trash
  • drive snowploughs or trucks fitted with plough blades to remove snow from streets, highways, parking lots and similar areas
  • operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems
  • drive trucks equipped with road sanding and other similar apparatus
  • operate chainsaws and other clearing equipment to fell trees and cut back vegetation close to power lines
  • operate equipment and hand tools to inspect and test utility poles for decay and deterioration
  • operate equipment and instruments to locate underground utility lines and pipes
  • check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Workers may be exposed to various outdoor weather conditions.
  • Work is done using various types of heavy equipment such as snow ploughs and street sweepers.
  • Working with equipment and machinery can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy and contain strong odours.
  • Working with some types of equipment may cause erratic movements in the body.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.