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Building Superintendent

Building superintendents maintain and manage commercial, institutional and residential properties.

Also Known As

Apartment Manager, Caretaker, Cleaner, Residential Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (6663) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (G933) 
  • 2011 NOC: Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (6733) 
  • 2016 NOC: Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (6733) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
2006 NOC : 6663

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

METHODICAL

Interest in copying instructions to clean and maintain the interior and exterior of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and their grounds; to contract tradespersons for major repairs; and to ensure that security and safety measures are in place in the establishment

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating - manipulating industrial vacuum cleaners to remove scraps, dirt, heavy debris and other refuse; to sweep, mop, scrub and wax hallways, floors and stairs; to clear snow and ice from walkways and parking areas; and to cut grass and tend grounds

INNOVATIVE

Interest in making adjustments and minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing and electrical systems; and in performing routine maintenance jobs and repairs such as painting

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 10, 2017

Building superintendents are representatives of property managers or owners. Their responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, building superintendents:

  • ensure a high standard of building cleanliness, inside and out
  • make sure that heating, ventilation, power and other mechanical equipment operates effectively
  • supervise workers and contractors in the care, cleaning and maintenance of buildings and do minor repairs themselves (for example, fix door hardware themselves)
  • co-ordinate renovation projects
  • act as a liaison between owners or managers and tenants
  • respond to requests and complaints
  • keep records
  • prepare and work within budgets
  • may operate equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, sweepers or front end loaders.

For information about the day-to-day maintenance and operation of large buildings that have complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems, see the Building Operator occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 10, 2017
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Superintendents for large buildings and property management companies generally work a 40-hour week. They may be required to work shifts and be on call at specified times. Superintendents in smaller residential complexes may work part time and, if they live in the buildings they maintain, may be on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies.

Building superintendents must be sufficiently mobile to move around building complexes quickly and easily. Their work may involve lifting items weighing up to 20 kilograms.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 10, 2017

Building superintendents need to possess:

  • a record clear of criminal activity
  • the ability to be bonded
  • knowledge of Alberta's Residential Tenancies Act
  • good communication and interpersonal skills.

They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines, operating equipment and solving problems by experimenting.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
NOC code: 6733

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Feb 07, 2022 and May 26, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Work with minimal supervision
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Personal Suitability: Dependability
Perform other routine maintenance jobs such as painting and drywall repair
Personal Suitability: Organized
Make adjustments and minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems, and contact tradespersons for major repairs
Perform minor repairs on appliances
Personal Suitability: Initiative
Clean snow and ice from walkways and parking areas
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 10, 2017
  • Minimum Education Varies

Although there is no standard minimum education requirement, building superintendents need a basic understanding of environmental health and safety issues, and the design, operation and maintenance of building systems. Some employers require applicants to have:

  • a first aid certificate
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazards Management Information System) certificate
  • TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods) training
  • journeyperson certificate in 1 or more trades
  • Fourth Class or Fifth Class Power Engineering certificate.

Power engineering courses are offered by many colleges and institutes of technology in Alberta (for more information, see the Power Engineer occupational profile).

Organizations such as the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) also may offer related training.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 10, 2017
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 10, 2017

Building superintendents are employed by property management companies and owners of office buildings, factories, hospitals, hotels, apartment buildings, schools or institutions. Most building superintendents are employed in urban areas.

Building superintendents are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6733: Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 18,800 Albertans are employed in the Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 301 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As building superintendents form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for building superintendents.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 10, 2017

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

2016 NOC : 6733
Average Wage
$22.44
Per Hour
Average Salary
$39,140.00
Per Year
Average Hours
34.1
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.5
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6733 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $29.93 $19.51 $18.00
Overall $15.00 $33.04 $22.44 $22.00
Top $16.00 $42.50 $27.44 $25.22

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Construction
Public Administration
Manufacturing
Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care & Social Assistance
Educational Services
Agriculture
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Accommodation & Food Services
Retail Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Business, Building and Other Support Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

43%
43%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

30%
30%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 10, 2017

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada website: bomacanada.ca

International Facility Management Association (IFMA) website: www.ifma.org

Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) website: www.reic.ca

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Updated Mar 10, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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