7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

Contractors and supervisors in mechanic trades supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in unit groups within the following minor groups: Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle) (731), Automotive service technicians (732) and Other mechanics (733). 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.


Example titles

  • Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic foreman/woman
  • Aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) supervisor
  • Aircraft mechanics and inspectors foreman/woman
  • Appliance repair shop supervisor
  • Electrical mechanics foreman/woman
  • Heating systems contractor
  • Heating systems mechanics foreman/woman
  • Heavy equipment mechanic foreman/woman
  • Heavy machinery assembly foreman/woman
  • Industrial mechanics supervisor
  • Motor vehicle repair shop supervisor
  • Printing machine repairers foreman/woman
  • Railway car repairer foreman/woman
  • Railway equipment maintenance inspectors foreman/woman
  • Small-engine repair shop foreman/woman
  • Small-engine repair shop supervisor
  • Textile machine mechanics foreman/woman

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate 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 co-ordinate 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
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • May manage the operations of their own companies
  • May also supervise, co-ordinate 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.

Employment requirements

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

Additional information

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


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