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Siding Installer

Siding installers complete the exterior assembly of buildings. They install building envelope materials (physical separator between the inside and outside of buildings), outside cladding materials (such as flashings for waterproofing), and trims.

  • Avg. Salary $51,335.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.49
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 8,100
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Commercial Siding Installer, Industrial Siding Installer, Insulator, Residential Siding Installer, Sider, Siding Applicator

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) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Siding Installer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers
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

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 Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers apply many types of materials to building and structure exteriors. These may include water-resistive barriers, vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, concrete panels, ornamental brick and stone, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cellular siding.

Siding installers generally read and interpret blueprints and building drawings. They also:

  • Measure, cut, trim, and prepare materials for assembly
  • Operate equipment (such as man lifts and swing stages) and erect scaffolding and pole jack systems
  • Fasten, attach, and apply materials to the surface of buildings
  • Use hand, air, and power tools, such as knives, hand or power sheers and snips, laser cutting equipment, and light metal-working equipment
  • Inspect the finished product to ensure specified standards and quality
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • Comply with safety standards and procedures
  • Ensure exterior cladding and building envelope adheres at minimum to building codes and regulations

Siding installers may work from verbal instructions or blueprints or may design projects themselves.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites. On other projects, they measure and cut siding on site. A 40-hour workweek is standard. Overtime is common to meet construction deadlines. Siding installation involves bending, reaching, and working at heights or in cramped spaces. Siding installers often lift and move items of up to 45 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers need:

  • Patience, dependability, and accuracy
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Spatial and form perception
  • Hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • The ability to visualize a finished product from a drawing
  • Problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to manage time and priorities
  • The ability to use materials efficiently
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work in a team environment
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Employers prefer to hire people with previous siding experience and a proven ability to learn and follow company safety policies. They look for applicants who have:

  • The ability to work at heights
  • English-language skills
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s licence
  • Valid safety certifications, such as Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), Fall Protection, First Aid, and WHMIS
  • VSI certification, offered through the Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (VSI), for installers working with vinyl

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most siding installers work for:

  • Exterior finishing companies working on new construction and renovation projects
  • Residential, commercial, and industrial construction companies
  • Fabrication workshops

Many siding installers continue this work until retirement. Advancement potential may include self-employment or positions such as estimator, inspector, or foreman.

Siding installers 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

In Alberta, the H531: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 45 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Expected growth for this occupation is below average. However, employment prospects can vary widely depending on economic conditions. Also, ongoing recruitment is needed to deal with employee turnover. This is especially true as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers may be paid a regular wage but are often paid by project.

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $31.38 $19.91 $19.00
Overall $18.94 $38.46 $25.49 $25.00
Top $24.00 $38.00 $30.05 $30.00

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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.

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
Construction
Wholesale Trade
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

49%
49%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

6%
6%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Construction Association website: albertaconstruction.net

Alberta Construction Safety Association website: www.youracsa.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Siding Contractors Association Alberta website: www.scaa.ca

Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (VSI) website: www.vinylsiding.org

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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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