Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

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Contractors and supervisors in mechanic trades supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in unit groups within the following minor groups: Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle) (7240), Automotive service technicians (7241) and Small motor, engine and equipment mechanics and related repairers (including electrical components) (7242). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the unit group descriptions of the above minor groups. Contractors may be self-employed.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare production and other 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.

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who repair and maintain aircraft, railway locomotives and cars, industrial machinery and equipment, construction and other heavy equipment, textile equipment, printing machines, heating equipment and furnaces, transformers and other electrical equipment, motor vehicles, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, electric appliances and other equipment, such as motorcycles, outboard motors and snowmobiles

  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments

  • 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 hiring and promotions

  • Ensure that standards for safe working conditions are observed

Job titles

  • air conditioning and refrigeration contractor
  • air conditioning and refrigeration foreman/woman
  • air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic foreman/woman
  • air conditioning contractor
  • air conditioning mechanics foreman/woman
  • aircraft engine assemblers foreman/woman

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 usually required.

Additional information

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

Certification requirements

  • No certification requirements

Work Experience

  • Work experience required

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