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Building Superintendent

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

  • Avg. Salary $31,089.00
  • Avg. Wage $18.13
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
Also Known As

Apartment Manager, Caretaker, Cleaner, Residential Manager

NOC & Interest Codes
The Building Superintendent is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
NOC code: 6663

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


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


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

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 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 More

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

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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 10, 2017

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. Other programs and courses may be available.

Grande Prairie Regional College

Red Deer College

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 10, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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

Building superintendents are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6733: Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents occupational group earned on average from $16.52 to $22.00 an hour. The overall average wage was $18.13 an hour. For more information, see the Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents wage profile.

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:

International Facility Management Association (IFMA) website:

Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

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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