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Gas Utility Operator

Gas utility operators install and service gas utility pipeline systems that transport natural gas from its source to points of use such as building meter sets.

  • Avg. Salary $77,255.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.70
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 1,900
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Natural Gas Utility Operator

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

54%
54%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Gas Utility Operator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Gas Maintenance Workers
NOC code: 7442.2
METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to check and lubricate gas pipeline valves and to maintain work records

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to investigate reports of gas leaks to determine the exact location and extent of leaks

innovative

Interest in speaking with supervisor to provide information on underground gas distribution lines; and in observing excavation work to ensure that underground gas facilities are protected

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.

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Duties
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Gas utility systems include:

  • gas transmission distribution systems under various levels of pressure 
  • gas mains and services
  • pressure controllers and regulators
  • gas meter and measuring.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, gas utility operators:

  • interpret prints and specifications to determine the location, size and materials required to install gas mains
  • install and maintain cathodic protection to prevent corrosion in steel and aluminum pipes
  • locate underground gas systems and conduct routine surveys of gas mains and distribution lines to detect and locate escaping gas
  • carry out routine gas system maintenance functions
  • operate and maintain regulating, measuring and odourizing facilities
  • provide information about underground gas distribution lines and observe excavation work to ensure that underground gas facilities are protected
  • investigate reports of gas leaks to determine the exact location and extent of leaks
  • use equipment to expose gas lines and repair damaged pipes
  • use laptop computers to keep records of work performed and the location and condition of pipelines.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Gas utility operators work at physically demanding tasks both indoors and outdoors. Operators generally work a 40 hour work week but overtime may be required to deal with emergencies or to meet construction deadlines.

Working with explosive gases and power tools can be dangerous. To avoid injury, gas utility operators must follow safety codes and regulations and, during emergency situations, follow the specified procedures.  

Operators may be required to lift items weighing up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Gas utility operators need the following characteristics:

  • mechanical ability
  • manual dexterity
  • the intellectual ability to succeed in the formal training
  • the ability to get along well with customers and fellow workers .

They should enjoy being physically active and working with little direction or supervision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Gas utility operator is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that training and certification are not required but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for an Alberta Occupational Certificate. It is recommended that applicants have English Language Arts 10-1, Pure Math 10 and Science 10, or equivalents.

To register, trainees must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire a trainee.  Most employers prefer to hire applicants who have a high school diploma or related training or experience (in gasfitting for example). Prospective gas utility operators may be hired first as labourers and, if their work is satisfactory, offered trainee positions when they become available.

To qualify for an Alberta Qualification Certificate, applicants must have at least 5,100 hours and 36 months of "hands-on" work experience as a gas untility operator. Trainees who already have related training or work experience may qualify for credit or certification.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the related certification profile.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Gas utility operators are employed by gas utility and distribution companies and firms that contract services to those companies.

Experienced operators may advance to supervisory positions but further advancement opportunities are limited. Certified Alberta gas utility operators who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Gas utility operators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7442: Waterworks and Gas Maintenance Workers. In Alberta, 81% 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:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • 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 that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

The employment outlook for gas utility operators is expected to remain stable with most job openings occurring as a result of employee turnover. However, turnover rates within gas utility companies are relatively low.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Experienced gas utility operators earn from $20 to $40 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates).

Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
NOC code: 7442

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $41.54 $27.22 $29.45
Overall $24.00 $46.63 $36.70 $42.74
Top $29.00 $51.36 $42.77 $50.77

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Utilities
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

54%
54%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

12%
12%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Fabrication
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

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 30, 2015. 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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