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Overhead Door Technician

Overhead door technicians install, service, repair and conduct preventative maintenance on residential and commercial overhead sectional doors, coiling doors, coiling and sliding steel fire doors, electric operating devices for these doors, dock levelers, electric gate openers and access control devices for residential, commerical and industrial sites.

  • Avg. Salary $53,233.00
  • Avg. Wage $24.01
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 8,100
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Commerical Door Installer, Commercial Overhead Door Installer, Door Installer, Garage Door Installer, Garage Door Technician, Industrial Door Installer, Mechanical Door Repairer, Overhead Door Installer

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Overhead Door Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers
NOC code: 7441

Interest in operating equipment and tools to install and service interior and exterior prefabricated products


Interest in comparing information to measure and mark guidelines for installations


Interest in repairing and servicing interior and exterior prefabricated products

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

Overhead doors are standard building components in residential, commercial and industrial construction. Overhead doors maintain temperature control in buildings, are a key component in building security, preventing theft, vandalism and intrusion. Rolling steel fire doors automatically close, acting as a fire barrier, rolling shutters are effective sun and security shields; dock leveler systems assure safe and efficient freight loading and receiving.

In Alberta, overhead door technicians can be certified as an overhead door technician - level one or an overhead door technician - level two.

Level one overhead door technicians:

  • install, maintain and repair overhead doors that are installed on wooden, metal or composite door jambs; have a maximum height of 10 feet; open to an interior with a maximum ceiling height of 12 feet (usually doors that are 144 square feet or less)
  • install auxiliary devices (for example, open-close buttons) of 24 volts or less
  • install and maintain prewired electrical operating systems
  • operate hand tools, power tools, measuring devices and lifting devices
  • focus on safety, quality and customer service.

In addition to these duties, level two overhead door technicians:

  • install, maintain and repair overhead doors that exceed the height limits of a level one technician
  • install, maintain and repair specialty doors
  • assemble, erect, install and dismantle material and personnel handling devices used for installation, maintenance and repair of overhead doors.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Overhead door technicians work year-round in all weather conditions. Working with lifting components requires mandatory safe work practices including the use of personal protective equipment. Technicians normally work a 40-hour week, with overtime required to meet project deadlines.

The work is physically demanding and requires routinely handling items that weigh up to 25 kilograms.

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

Overhead door technicians need the following characteristics:

  • manual dexterity
  • management and organizational skills
  • the ability to gather data and prepare records/reports
  • the ability to review and read construction drawings, plans, specifications and related documents.

They should enjoy working with their hands and doing precision work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

There is no formal education requirement for this occupation. However, overhead door technicians must have a class 5 dirver's licence and employers generally prefer applicants who have achieved the overhead door technician occupational certificate or are willing to obtain the industry skill competencies through training.

Overhead door technician is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is not required by legislation, but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a level one or two Alberta Occupational Certificate. Applicants may qualify based on recognized credential or on work experience.

Applicants for level one occupational certificate must:

  • successfully complete the recognized overhead door technician level one course delivered by the Canadian Door Institute (CDI), OR
  • complete 1,500 hours of work experience over a minimum of 18 months.

Applicants for level two occupational certificate must:

  • successfully complete the CDI overhead door technician level one certification and the level two course, OR
  • successfully complete the CDI overhead door technician - level one course, level two courses and complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience over 24 months (applicable until August 31, 2018)

To qualify for level two certification based on work experience, applicants must:

  • successfully complete the CDI overhead door technician level one certification and complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of work experience over 18 months, OR
  • complete 3,000 hours of work experience over 36 months.

For current information about courses and enrolment requirements, check the training provider's calendar, visit their website or contact them directly.

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 Overhead Door Technician 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.

Overhead door technicians are employed in various industry sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, municipalities, construction and service providers.

There are career paths from the occupation into system design, senior project management, self-employment and executive management, all within the overhead door field.

Overhead door technicians with an occupational certification from Alberta and require further supervisory and management competencies may apply for the Alberta Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal business credential.

Overhead door technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers. In Alberta, 85% 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 7,500 Albertans are employed in the Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 45 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As overhead door technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for overhead door technicians.

There are approximately 700 individuals working in Alberta as overhead door technicians. With growth for new infrastructure, buildings and oil and gas facilities predicted, it is anticipated that the demand for certified overhead door technicians will increase. 

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Overhead door technicians certified at level one make an average of $40,000 to $70,000 per year. Technicians certified at level two can earn $60,000 to $100,000 per year. Designation does not affect wages which are determine by individual employers (2014 estimates).

Residential and commercial installers and servicers
NOC code: 7441

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Starting $14.00 $26.80 $19.93 $19.00
Overall $16.00 $32.22 $24.01 $24.00
Top $22.00 $40.00 $29.11 $27.00

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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.

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

Canadian Door Institute website:

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Updated Mar 18, 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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