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Scaffold Erector

Scaffold erectors assemble platforms and metal tubes to build temporary structures for working high above ground.

Also Known As


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

  • 7271: Carpenters

2006 NOC-S

  • H121: Carpenters

2011 NOC

  • 7271: Carpenters

2016 NOC

  • 7271: Carpenters

2021 NOC

  • 72310: Carpenters

2023 OaSIS

  • 72310.00: Carpenters
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Scaffold erectors plan, build, and situate the temporary work structures that provide other workers with safe, secure access to places they work. They may work on construction, offshore drilling, or oil sands sites, at power stations, and or on special projects such as parade viewing platforms. Scaffolds are made from wood, metal, or preformed components. They may begin at ground level or be suspended from buildings, vessels, or other structures.

Scaffold erectors need to:

  • Read blueprints and technical manuals to determine scaffolding setup
  • Consult with scaffold users, supervisors, and other tradespersons to determine scaffold requirements, potential loads, number of occupants, and use
  • Assess foundations for suitable and safe placement of scaffolding
  • Calculate loads to determine platform size and bracing requirements
  • Design ground-based and suspended scaffolding
  • Order scaffolding materials required for building or maintenance
  • Erect, move, and dismantle scaffolding (ladders, hand railings, and platforms), hoisting equipment, and rigging
  • Inspect and examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects, or non-compliance with specifications.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Scaffold erectors sometimes work indoors, but primarily work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They work overtime and weekend shifts during peak construction periods.

Working at extreme heights always involves some risk of injury. Scaffold erectors must wear personal protective equipment (PPE, including hard hats, gloves, and steel-toed boots) and fall protection equipment (personal fall arrest systems). They must follow safety programs and legislation. Scaffold erecting is a physically demanding job. Workers may be required to lift, carry, pull, and move heavy items. Bending, climbing, kneeling, overhead lifting, and using ropes to pull materials onto elevated platforms are part of the job.

Depending on the location of the worksite, some travel may be required.

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.


2006 NOC: 7271

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in precision working to prepare layouts that conform to building codes using measuring tools


Interest in speaking to apprentices and other construction workers to supervise their activities


Interest in compiling information to build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems

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


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Scaffold erectors need:

  • The ability to work in confined spaces and at extreme heights
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Manual dexterity
  • Knowledge of knots to safely hoist materials
  • A safety-conscious attitude
  • Excellent balance, hearing, and vision
  • The ability to pay careful attention to details
  • Communication and reading skills
  • Math skills
  • The ability to visualize structures in 3 dimensions
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work with others on a team

They should enjoy being physically active, working outdoors, and using tools.

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.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For


2016 NOC: 7271

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 297 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 22, 2024 and May 21, 2024.

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: Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials
Tasks: Fit and install windows, doors, stairs, mouldings and hardware
Tasks: Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
Tasks: Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems
Tasks: Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
Work Setting: Various locations
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Team player
Experience: 1 year to less than 2 years
Work Setting: Construction
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Varies

Scaffold erectors need a combination of training and work experience. The Alberta Carpenters Training Centre (ACTC), Scaffold Industry Association of Canada, and Scaffold and Access Industry Association offer various training programs throughout Alberta. For more information, visit their websites.

Employers may prefer applicants who have a high school diploma with at least Grade 11 Math and English. Working on construction sites also requires the following certificates:

  • Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
  • Basic First Aid and CPR
  • OSSA Fall Protection
  • Fall Arrest Awareness
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness (H2S)
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Skid Steer Operator
  • Elevated Work Platform

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 Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Scaffold erectors work for contractors in all sectors of the construction industry (residential, commercial, institutional, industrial).

Experienced scaffold erectors may advance to supervisory or foreman positions. With further training, they may become scaffold inspectors.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 7271: Carpenters occupational group, 82.0% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 7271: Carpenters occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 2.4% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 278 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment prospects in the construction industry change with the seasons and depend on the state of the economy. For the foreseeable future in Alberta, employment prospects for scaffold erectors are excellent.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

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

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.


2016 NOC: 7271
Average Wage
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Average Salary
Per Year
Average Hours
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7271 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
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.00 $38.99 $31.03 $30.00
Overall $25.00 $38.99 $33.27 $34.00
Top $30.00 $48.81 $37.65 $36.50

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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

Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
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:

Alberta Carpenters Training Centre (ACTC) website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:

Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) website:

Scaffold Industry Association of Canada (SIAC) website:

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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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