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Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor

Industrial construction crew supervisors co-ordinate and oversee the work of construction crews during the construction, shut down and maintenance of industrial facilities such as petrochemical processing plants, pulp and paper plants, power generating plants, pipelines, refineries and oil sands plants.

  • Avg. Salary $79,636.00
  • Avg. Wage $37.29
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook below avg
Also Known As

Construction Co-ordinator

NOC & Interest Codes
The Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
NOC code: 7217

Interest in supervising the activities of workers who operate cranes and construction, paving, drilling, railway maintenance and other similar heavy equipment; may supervise activities of related workers


Interest in co-ordinating and scheduling the activities of workers on heavy construction equipment crews; and in resolving problems; may co-ordinate and schedule the activities of apprentices, helpers and labourers


Interest in understanding the functioning of equipment and machinery and procedures used by heavy construction equipment crews

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 Feb 15, 2017

Industrial construction crew supervisors lead, schedule and co-ordinate the activities of crews that install, assemble or maintain components of industrial products and structures. They are front line managers who supervise the safety and productivity of their work crews and work closely with employers, crew members, other contractors and clients.

Crew supervisors may oversee work performed in a wide variety of trades, occupations or crafts. For example, crew members may be boilermakers, carpenters, construction craft labourers, crane and hoisting equipment operators, electricians, equipment operators, field heat treatment technicians, fireproofers, heavy equipment technicians, instrumentation technicians, insulators, ironworkers, millwrights, painter-decorators, plasterers, scaffolders, sheet metal workers, steamfitter-pipefitters or welders.

Duties vary depending on the type of work they supervise but, in general, crew supervisors:

  • lead the crew and act as the employer's representative on the job
  • follow project plans and schedules
  • plan and co-ordinate activities with other crews on the job site
  • supervise the crew's daily and weekly activities
  • ensure a safe workplace and that crew members observe safety procedures
  • ensure the crew's work meets industry standards for quality and crew productivity
  • prepare reports and documentation as required by the employer.

In smaller crews, supervisors may be working foremen who perform some of the same types of work that other crew members perform. General foremen are not required to perform the tasks of the trade, occupation or craft they lead. Both working foremen and general foremen may be required to be present when crews are working.

Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Industrial construction crew supervisors may work indoors in fabrication shops or outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions, or both. Construction sites may be noisy and dusty. Supervisors may be required to work long hours, shift work, travel or live in temporary accommodations. 

Working foremen may be required to lift objects that weigh over 25 kg.  

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

Industrial construction crew supervisors need the following characteristics:

  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • the organizational skills required to plan and co-ordinate the activities of others
  • the interpersonal skills required to manage and participate effectively in meetings with workers and other personnel on site. 

They should enjoy directing and co-ordinating workers' activities.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Industrial construction crew supervisor is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is available from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training but is not required to work in Alberta. In some industrial construction trades, working foremen must be journeymen.

To qualify for certification as an industrial construction crew supervisor, candidates must prove that they have: 

  • worked a minimum of 24 consecutive months and 1,000 hours as a crew supervisor in the heavy industrial construction or plant maintenance industry sector (within a 2 year time period that falls within 5 years of the application date)
  • completed an approved leadership training program (which may be available through employers associated with the Construction Labour Relations Association or the Merit Contractors Association, or through employee associations such as unions)
  • completed "Leadership for Safety Excellence" training offered by the Alberta Construction Safety Association
  • passed Apprenticeship and Industry Training's examination for industrial construction crew supervisors.

Employers generally select crew supervisors from the ranks of the skilled workers they will supervise. Crew leaders need a good working knowledge of the employer's responsibilities and role regarding safety, employment practices and emergency procedures. The ability to use computers for entering and retrieving project or crew information is a definite asset.

Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available for formal training.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor certification profile.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 15, 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.

Industrial construction crew supervisors are employed by contractors in the heavy industrial construction industry and generally selected from among current employees. Opportunities for further advancement depend on the crew supervisor's qualifications and performance, and the employer.

Certified industrial construction crew supervisors who have the supervisory and management competencies required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Industrial construction crew supervisors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7302: Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews. 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:

  • 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.

Over 8,600 Albertans are employed in the Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crews occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 26 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As industrial construction crew supervisors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for industrial construction crew supervisors. 

It is generally accepted in the construction industry that supervisors make up roughly 10% of the total workforce in the Construction industry. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Hourly rates for the industrial construction supervisors range from $45 to over $60 an hour (2010 estimates) depending on the trade or occupation. As a rule, a crew supervisor earns $5 to $7 an hour more than a fully qualified tradesperson. 

Industrial construction crew supervisors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7302: Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews occupational group earned on average from $32.63 to $43.59 an hour. The overall average wage was $37.29 an hour. For more information, see the Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews wage profile.

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

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Calgary Construction Association website:


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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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