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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7621 Occupation: Public works and maintenance labourers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Public works and maintenance labourers perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas. They are employed by public works departments in all levels of government or by private contractors under contract to governments. Public works and maintenance labourers perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas. They are employed by public works departments in all levels of government or by private contractors under contract to governments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
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


  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
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Reading
  • Read daily orders from supervisors. (1)
  • Read equipment operating instructions. (2)
  • Read health and safety bulletins. (2)
  • Read company newsletters and bulletin board announcements. (2)
  • Read memos from management and foremen about changes to company policies. (2)
  • Read manuals outlining safe work procedures. (3)
  • Read government regulations and city bylaws. (3)
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Writing
  • Take notes to record train times, changes to regular schedules and special instructions from the foreman. (1)
  • Fill in work reports of tasks completed and hours spent on various activities. (1)
  • Complete a "daily comment sheet" to note problems such as blocked access to tracks or roads or the presence of dangerous goods. (1)
  • Write notes to foremen to request new equipment or to note problems. (1)
  • Write memos to the police department or a city department to explain safety problems. (2)
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Document Use
  • Check off codes on lists to indicate the condition of items being transported. (1)
  • Fill in hours worked on invoice forms. (1)
  • Read parking and snow removal signs. (1)
  • Complete identification stickers for items to be placed in storage. (1)
  • Read labels on boxes to verify contents and destinations. (1)
  • Read hazardous materials signs on freight cars or trucks or at landfills. (1)
  • Read timesheets for a crew of workers. (1)
  • Read vehicle inspection forms and fill in mileage. (2)
  • Read container shipment schedules and manifest lists. (2)
  • Complete service sheets with information about repairs completed. (2)
  • Read work order forms. (2)
  • Complete inventory forms. (2)
  • Read city maps or maps of sewer systems to locate work sites. (2)
  • Refer to blueprints to select a pipe size. (3)
  • Read sound wave graphs to find where a pipe is leaking. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-operated machinery. For example, use a leak correlator which detects leaks by detailing the volumes of water flow and how long pumps were turned on. (1)
  • Use word processing. For example, prepare a brief status report. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software. For example, enter information on the total weight of material being dumped at the landfill and how much it will cost. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, use a database with information on sewer leaks. (2)
  • Use communication software. For example, use email. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss instructions and schedules with foreperson. (1)
  • Call out to co-workers to guide them when they are backing up vehicles. (1)
  • Speak to delivery personnel to find out what has to be loaded on the train. (1)
  • Speak to the conductor or driver to discuss possible delays in departure times. (2)
  • Communicate with service personnel to arrange or co-ordinate repairs. (2)
  • Discuss broken items with clients and negotiate a price reduction for damaged goods. (3)
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Money Math
  • Accept payment from companies bringing loads to landfill dumps. (1)
  • Calculate the cost to buy supplies using a rate, such as 50 feet of fence at $5.00 a foot. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Prepare a work schedule for a crew, indicating regular hours and overtime. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the dimensions of objects to be shipped to ensure they will fit in the boxcar or truck. (1)
  • Calculate how to set the gear teeth of parking meters so that the indicator records accurately the number of minutes for each amount of money. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Read graphs showing water pump efficiency and compare them to graphs for previous time periods. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much material is required to complete a job. (2)
  • Estimate the number of gallons of water in a reservoir. (2)
  • Estimate how long it will take to complete a job, taking into account the tasks to be done, the personnel required and the materials to be used. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Public works and maintenance labourers follow a work plan set by their supervisors, although they have flexibility in the sequencing of their activities. Public works labourers' planning fluctuates between organizing the carrying out of routine maintenance tasks according to a set schedule to emergency planning which is needed when a major cleanup is required because of a storm bringing down branches or flooding water mains. (2)
  • Public works labourers' planning fluctuates between organizing the carrying out of routine maintenance tasks according to a set schedule to emergency planning which is needed when a major cleanup is required because of a storm bringing down branches or flooding water mains. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide to bring more repair material than the foreman requested, based on own experience of possible additional needs at the work site. (1)
  • Decide on the most suitable locations for public litter baskets. (1)
  • Decide whether a rail should be replaced or welded. (2)
  • Decide what compensation to offer a customer whose shipment has had some minor damage in transit. (2)
  • Decide to call bylaw enforcement if store owners continue to have garbage on their property. (3)
  • Decide on the most appropriate time to shut off a section of the city's water supply to carry out a repair. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Icy road conditions have made it difficult to position vehicles at garbage bins or storage pick-up areas. (1)
  • A load does not fit properly in the truck. It may be necessary to unload the truck completely and begin again. (1)
  • A difficulty has arisen when using a sidewalk sweeper on narrow streets or on hills. It may be necessary to leave the vehicle behind and use a manual sweeper and shovel in some areas. (1)
  • A vague complaint, such as "lack of water pressure" has been received. Find the exact location of the leak before completing the repair. (2)
  • The cells allocated at the landfill are filling too quickly and more loads are still arriving. Check the availability of neighbouring land cells. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Look at road maps to find addresses for pickups, deliveries or repair work. (1)
  • Refer to municipal bylaws to verify parking restrictions or dumping regulations. (1)
  • Consult foremen, drivers and co-workers to clarify the work schedule or resolve problems. (2)
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