Public works and maintenance labourers (NOC 7621)

About this job

Public works and maintenance labourers:

  • perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas
  • work for municipal, provincial and federal government public works departments
  • also work for private contractors under contract to governments
Common job titles
  • casual worker - public works
  • cleaner - sewer pipes / sidewalk / street
  • collector, parking meter
  • dump / garbage collection
  • labourer, public works - crew leader
  • maintenance - playground / sewers


Public works and maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • clean and maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and public grounds of municipality and other areas, working as member of crew
  • sweep debris and shovel snow from streets, sidewalks, building grounds and other areas, and load snow and debris into carts or trucks
  • shovel cement and other materials into cement mixers, spread concrete and asphalt on road surfaces using shovels, rakes and hand tampers, and perform other activities to help with maintenance and repair of roads
  • spread sand or salt on sidewalks for snow and ice control
  • dig ditches and trenches using shovels and other hand tools
  • operate jackhammers and drills to break up pavement
  • load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
  • collect money from coin boxes of parking meters along established route
  • collect and load refuse on garbage trucks
  • help equipment operators to secure attachments to equipment or trucks
  • help with routine maintenance and repair of equipment
  • help skilled tradespersons such as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics
  • may operate mobile sidewalk-cleaning equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions such as snow.
  • Workers may be exposed to hazardous substances such as insecticides.
  • Work takes place near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a source of accident or injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to flying particles, noise, strong vibrations, intense odours and dust.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions or to public works maintenance equipment operator positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.