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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

Scaffolder

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: Carpenters (7271) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Carpenters (H121) 
  • 2011 NOC: Carpenters (7271) 
  • 2016 NOC: Carpenters (7271) 
  • 2021 NOC: Carpenters (72310) 
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.

Carpenters

2006 NOC: 7271

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

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

Abilities

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

Duties
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.

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

Carpenters

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 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 22, 2022 and Dec 03, 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: 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: Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
Work Setting: Various locations
Tasks: Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
Tasks: Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
Tasks: Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems
Experience: 3 years to less than 5 years
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Reliability
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.

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 [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

In Alberta, the 7271: Carpenters 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, 236 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: 2019-2023 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.

Carpenters

2016 NOC: 7271
Average Wage
$33.27
Per Hour
Average Salary
$72,252.00
Per Year
Average Hours
41.8
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
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
Starting
Overall
Top

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

Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Educational Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
38%
38%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
55%
55%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
10%
10%
Vacancy Rate
3%
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

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

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Calgary Construction Association website: cgyca.com

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

Scaffold Industry Association of Canada (SIAC) website: www.siac-ontario.com

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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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