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Apprenticeship

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, commercial and industrial sites.

Also Known As

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

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: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (7441) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (H531) 
  • 2011 NOC: Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
  • 2016 NOC: Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
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.

Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

2006 NOC: 7441

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

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

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to measure and mark guidelines for installations

innovative

Interest in repairing and servicing interior and exterior prefabricated products

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

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

In Alberta, this is a designated occupation with 2 levels.

Level 1 overhead door technicians work on overhead doors with a maximum height of 10 feet and which open to an interior maximum ceiling height of 12 feet (doors that are 144 square feet or less). They:

  • Install, maintain and repair overhead doors that are installed on wooden, metal or composite door jambs
  • 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

Level 2 overhead door technicians have overall responsibility for planning and completing overhead door projects. They can do everything a level 1 technician is certified to do, plus:

  • Install, maintain and repair overhead doors that exceed the height limits of a level 1 technician
  • Install, maintain and repair specialty doors
  • Prepare assignments and supervise crew members
  • Assist in the design of overhead door systems
  • Assemble, erect, install and dismantle material and personnel handling devices used for installation, maintenance and repair of overhead doors
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Overhead door technicians work year-round in all kinds of weather. They normally work a 40-hour week, and may do overtime to meet project deadlines.

The work can be physically demanding, because their job involves working with lifting components. They must follow safe work practices including the use of personal protective equipment.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Overhead door technicians need:

  • Manual dexterity
  • Management and organizational skills
  • The ability to gather data and prepare records and 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.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

2011 NOC: 7441

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 Jul 12, 2022 and Sep 29, 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.
Tasks: Install, repair and service interior or exterior prefabricated products
Tasks: Measure and mark guidelines to be used for installations
Tasks: Determine layout and installation procedures
Tasks: Utilize hand and power tools
Tasks: Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
Attention to detail
Tasks: Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Work Setting: Installation
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation

There is no formal education requirement for this occupation. However, overhead door technicians must have a class 5 driver’s licence and employers generally prefer applicants who have overhead door technician certification or are willing to take training.

Overhead door technician is a designated trade in Alberta. Certification is not required to work, but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a trade certificate. Applicants may qualify based on recognized credential or on work experience.

Applicants for level 1 must complete ONE of the following:

  • The recognized Canadian Door Institute (CDI) overhead door technician level 1 course
  • 1,500 hours of work experience over a minimum of 18 months

Applicants for level 2 must complete ONE of the following:

  • The CDI overhead door technician level 2 course
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of hands-on work experience over 18 months
  • A minimum of 3,000 hours of work experience over 36 months

For current information about courses and enrolment requirements, visit the CDI website.

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the number of hours required.

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


Related Education

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

Designated Occupations

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 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

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, commercial and industrial sites. For more information, see the Designated Trades Profile section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

In Alberta, government-legislated certification is available for overhead door technicians.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Overhead Door Technician.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Overhead door technicians are employed in various industry sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, municipalities, construction and service providers. They can move into career paths leading to system design, senior project management, self-employment and executive management, all within the overhead door field.

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 [pdf] in this occupation is 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 (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

According to Apprenticeship and Industry Training, there are approximately 700 individuals working in Alberta as overhead door technicians (2020 estimate). 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.

In Alberta, the 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 117 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Overhead door technicians certified at level 1 make an average of $40,000 to $70,000 per year. Technicians certified at level 2 can earn $60,000 to $100,000 per year. Designation does not affect wages which are determined by individual employers (2020 estimates).

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.

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

2016 NOC: 7441
Average Wage
$27.81
Per Hour
Average Salary
$56,781.00
Per Year
Average Hours
40.6
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.6
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7441 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
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Overall
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Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $27.49 $20.99 $21.00
Overall $20.00 $35.20 $27.81 $28.06
Top $25.00 $45.67 $33.94 $35.00

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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
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
46%
46%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
52%
52%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
7%
7%
Vacancy Rate
1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

Canadian Door Institute website: www.cdi-door.com

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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