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Scaffold Erector

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

  • Avg. Salary $72,634.00
  • Avg. Wage $33.30
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 19,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Scaffolder

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

63%
63%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Scaffold Erector is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Carpenters
NOC code: 7271
OBJECTIVE

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

METHODICAL

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

INNOVATIVE

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

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 Dec 15, 2016
Scaffold erectors plan, build and locate the temporary work structures that provide other workers with safe, secure access to places they work. They may work on construction, offshore drilling or oilsands sites, at power stations and or on special projects such as parade viewing platforms. Scaffolds are made from wood, metal or pre-formed components and may begin at ground level or be suspended from elevated buildings, vessels or other structures.

Scaffold erectors:

  • read blueprints and technical manuals to determine scaffolding set up
  • consult with scaffold users, supervisors and other tradespersons to determine scaffold requirements, potential loads, occupants and usage 
  • 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, handrailings, platforms) and hoisting equipment and rigging
  • inspect and examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or non-compliance with specifications.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Scaffold erectors sometimes work indoors but primarily work outdoors, in all weather conditions. Overtime and weekend shifts routinely are required during peak construction periods.

There is some risk of injury involved when working at extreme heights. Scaffold erectors must wear personal protective equipment (hardhats, gloves and steel-toed boots), fall protection equipment (personal fall arrest systems) and follow safety programs and legislation. They may be required to lift, carry, pull and move items weighing over 20 kilograms. Bending, climbing, kneeling, overhead lifting and using ropes to pull materials onto elevated platforms also is required.

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


  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Scaffold erectors need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to work in confined spaces and at extreme heights
  • physical strength and stamina
  • manual dexterity
  • a safety conscious attitude
  • excellent balance, hearing and vision
  • the ability to pay careful attention to details
  • good communication and reading skills
  • good math skills
  • the ability to visualize structures in three-dimensional planes 
  • good problem solving skills 
  • the ability to work with others in a team.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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 to hire applicants with 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.

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Scaffold erectors are employed by contractors in all sectors of the construction industry (residential, commercial, institutional, industrial). Employment prospects in the construction industry change depending on the season and economy. For the foreseeable future in Alberta, employment prospects for scaffold erectors are excellent.

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

Scaffold erectors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7271: Carpenters. In Alberta, 82% 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 19,000 Albertans are employed in the Carpenters occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 38 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As scaffold erectors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for scaffold erectors. 

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016
Carpenters
NOC code: 7271

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 $16.00 $37.00 $29.64 $30.00
Overall $24.00 $37.22 $33.30 $35.00
Top $28.00 $60.31 $38.48 $36.92

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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.

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.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
Construction
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Educational Services
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

63%
63%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

55%
55%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

18%
18%

2015 Vacancy Rate

4%
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca

Alberta Carpenters Training Centre (ACTC) website: www.abcarptc.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Calgary Construction Association website: www.cca.cc

Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) website: www.saiaonline.org

Scaffold Industry Association of Canada (SIAC) website: www.scaffoldaccess.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 29, 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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