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7522 – Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers

Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials. This unit 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.


Index of titles

Example titles

Collection truck driver – public works

Drain roto servicer – public works

Electrical forester

Equipment operator – municipal public work

Garbage collector – driver

Garbage truck driver

Garbage truck driver – public works

Highway snow removal equipment operator

Highway snowplow operator

Maintenance equipment operator – public works

Mechanical sweeper operator – public works

Municipal maintenance equipment operator

Municipal servicer drain roto

Power pole inspector

Power sweeper operator – public works

Public works maintenance equipment operator

Recycling truck driver

Recycling truck driver – public works

Refuse truck driver – public works

Road snowplow operator – public works

Salt truck operator

Salt truck operator – public works

Sand spreader operator

Sand spreader operator – public works

Sanding truck operator – public works

Sanitation truck driver

Sewer flusher operator-driver – public works

Sewer jet cleaner operator – public works

Sewer jet machine operator – public works

Sewer-flushing truck operator

Sewer-flushing truck operator – public works

Sewer-pipe-cleaning machine operator – public works

Snow removal equipment operator – public works

Sprinkling truck driver – public works

Street flusher operator

Street flusher operator – public works

Street sprinkler operator – public works

Street sweeper operator

Street sweeper operator – public works

Urban snow removal equipment operator – public works

Utility arborist

Utility forester

Utility locator

Utility pole inspector

Utility pole tester

Utility tree trimmer

Utility tree worker

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Operate garbage trucks to remove garbage and other refuse and dump loads at designated sites

Operate street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers or other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes to remove sand, litter and trash

Operate snowplows or trucks fitted with plow blades to remove snow from streets, highways, parking lots and similar areas

Operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems

Operate trucks equipped with apparatuses for spreading sand, salt or abrasives on roadways

Operate chainsaws and other clearing equipment to fell trees and cut back vegetation close to power lines

Operate equipment and hand tools to inspect and test utility poles for decay and deterioration

Operate equipment and instruments to locate underground utility lines and pipes

Check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor.

Employment requirements

Some secondary school may be required.

Experience as a public works labourer is usually required.

On-the-job training is provided.

A driver’s licence appropriate to a specific type of equipment may be required.

Trade certification for utility arborists is available, but voluntary, in Ontario and British Columbia.

Additional information

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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