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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7522 Occupation: Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes workers who operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials. This group also includes workers who clear vegetation close to power lines, workers who inspect the condition of utility poles and workers who locate underground utility lines and pipes. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal public works departments, private contractors under contract with government public works departments and private companies involved in the collection of refuse and recyclable materials. This unit group includes workers who operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials. This group also includes workers who clear vegetation close to power lines, workers who inspect the condition of utility poles and workers who locate underground utility lines and pipes. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal public works departments, private contractors under contract with government public works departments and private companies involved in the collection of refuse and recyclable materials.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read work orders describing assignments. (1)
  • Read memos and notices from management about pay and benefits. (2)
  • Read manufacturers' manuals regarding the operation and maintenance of new equipment. (2)
  • Read a variety of safety materials, relating to topics such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), first aid and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG). (3)
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Writing
  • Complete daily report forms to indicate any problems with vehicles or with customers on the route. (1)
  • Make daily log entries to show the number of hours the vehicle was used and the servicing it received. (1)
  • Write notes on work orders to explain why tasks were not completed or to outline any unusual conditions that were encountered. (2)
  • Complete accident reports of a paragraph or more. (3)
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Document Use
  • Fill in checkoff sheets to denote damaged garbage bins and to indicate streets where the collection has been completed. (1)
  • Read route sheets, such as garbage pickup lists which indicate both regular and extra pick ups. (1)
  • Read labels on machine parts and on chemical products. The labels may contain symbols or icons. (1)
  • Read identification letters and numbers, such as those on manhole covers. (1)
  • Read signs, such as street signs and traffic signs. (1)
  • Complete a number of forms such as labour reports, inventory records, work order forms and load weight sheets. (2)
  • Complete work schedules and timesheet. (2)
  • Read lists of codes, such as codes which describe types of damage to sewer lines. (2)
  • Complete daily, weekly and monthly maintenance sheets for vehicles which detail the amount of fuel used, kilometers travelled and the amount of salt or sand spread. (2)
  • Read the blueprints of sections of sewer pipes that show the percentage of grade for drainage. (3)
  • Read city sewer plan maps that detail the location of sewer lines and manholes in relation to roads and lots. (3)
  • Use street maps and land survey maps describing locations in terms of township, range and meridians. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use other computer applications. For example, use computer-controlled equipment such as electronically monitored hydraulic systems or electronically controlled sanders which allot the proportions of sand and salt through computer commands. (1)
  • Use a database. For example, input information in a computer to integrate data on roads, storm drains and water systems. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with co-workers via the two-way radio in the cab of the truck to exchange information and co-ordinate tasks. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive work assignments and discuss problems. (1)
  • Listen for co-workers yelling instructions at a distance, such as a swamper yelling instructions to the driver from the back of a garbage truck. (1)
  • Talk to staff at the landfill and the recycling depot concerning the placement of loads. (1)
  • Talk with the public to answer their questions concerning what the department is doing. (1)
  • Negotiate with irate customers regarding garbage pickup. (2)
  • Talk with other drivers and office staff to discuss problems or complaints. (2)
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Money Math
  • Purchase gasoline or diesel for vehicles. (1)
  • Add fuel receipts and enter them into a fuel log book. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Fit long range projects, such as a two year sewer line maintenance project, into the weekly and daily planning of job tasks. (2)
  • Schedule garbage routes and pickups on a weekly basis, taking into account the times of high traffic volume, seasonal variations in loads, and landfill closing times. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the size of bolts or other items when ordering replacements. (1)
  • Read gauges in the truck for temperature, amperage, oil and hydraulic pressure to ensure they are within acceptable limits. (1)
  • Measure the height of the trucks and any extensions to be sure that they will fit under bridges. (1)
  • Use several measurements and a map to locate hidden manhole covers when they have been covered with debris and vegetation. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how long it will take to perform a task such as snowplowing a stretch of road. (1)
  • Estimate the ratio of sand to salt in the load of a road maintenance vehicle to determine if the ratio should be increased or decreased. (1)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Public works maintenance equipment operators perform routine tasks, prioritizing their own tasks within general directions set out by supervisors. Their planning takes into account the need to have well maintained equipment ready at all times. Planning tends to be short term since many aspects of the work are dependent on the state of the weather. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which mixture of sand and salt or calcium to spread on the road based on the weather and road conditions. (1)
  • Decide what garbage to leave at the curb, based on guidelines about recyclable articles. (1)
  • Decide whether to continue to use a defective truck for the rest of the day or whether to call maintenance for an on-road repair. (2)
  • Decide which roads in an area should get priority attention for sanding and salting, based on traffic patterns and the presence of public buildings such as hospitals or schools. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • There have been equipment breakdowns. Report the problem and have the equipment taken in for repair. It may be necessary to use alternate equipment during repairs. (1)
  • Rain, snow or ice have caused poor driving conditions. Drive slowly and cautiously, coping with reduced visibility. (1)
  • A garbage can is too heavy to lift. Report the address and the reason for not emptying the can. (1)
  • Hazardous chemicals, explosives or weapons have been mixed in with regular garbage. Deal appropriately with the discovery and reschedule the day, or week, to make up lost time. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Consult with mechanics or manufacturers to obtain information about equipment operation and maintenance. (1)
  • Check maps when looking for new streets or clients. (1)
  • Obtain information about road conditions from meteorological reports, supervisors, co-workers and the public works office. (2)
  • Refer to municipal files, surveyor maps and profile maps for information on sewer lines. (3)
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