Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations


Contractors and supervisors in electrical trades and telecommunications occupations supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Electricians (72200), Industrial electricians (72201), Power system electricians (72202), Electrical power line and cable workers (72203), Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers (72204) and Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians (72205). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the above unit group descriptions. Contractors may be self-employed.

This group performs 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 departments or subcontractors

  • Requisition materials and supplies

  • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity

  • Train or arrange for training of workers

  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions

  • Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed

  • Prepare work progress reports

  • May manage the operations of their own companies

  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers

  • Small businesses' contractors may execute tasks within their trade area of expertise, which is generally not the case for supervisors or contractors associated with a medium or large business.

Job titles

  • cable installation and repair foreman/woman - telecommunications
  • cable installation contractor
  • cable installation foreman/woman
  • cable installation supervisor
  • cable installers and repairers foreman/woman - telecommunications
  • cable maintenance and repair supervisor

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

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Education and training

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Journeyman/woman trade certification in a relevant trade is required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are required.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility between jobs within a specific trade; however, there is little or no intertrade mobility.

Certification requirements

  • No certification requirements

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