NOC 7522 – Public works maintenance equipment operators


  • collection truck driver – public works
  • drain roto servicer – public works
  • electrical forester
  • equipment operator – municipal public work
  • garbage collector – driver
  • garbage truck driver
  • garbage truck driver – public works
  • highway snow removal equipment operator
  • highway snowplough operator
  • maintenance equipment operator – public works
  • mechanical sweeper operator – public works
  • municipal maintenance equipment operator
  • municipal servicer drain roto
  • power pole inspector
  • power sweeper operator – public works
  • public works maintenance equipment operator
  • recycling truck driver
  • recycling truck driver – public works
  • refuse truck driver – public works
  • road snowplough operator – public works
  • salt truck operator
  • salt truck operator – public works
  • sand spreader operator
  • sand spreader operator – public works
  • sanding truck operator – public works
  • sanitation truck driver
  • sewer flusher operator-driver – public works
  • sewer jet cleaner operator – public works
  • sewer jet machine operator – public works
  • sewer-flushing truck operator
  • sewer-flushing truck operator – public works
  • sewer-pipe-cleaning machine operator – public works
  • snow removal equipment operator – public works
  • sprinkling truck driver – public works
  • street flusher operator
  • street flusher operator – public works
  • street sprinkler operator – public works
  • street sweeper operator
  • street sweeper operator – public works
  • urban snow removal equipment operator – public works
  • utility arborist
  • utility forester
  • utility locator
  • utility pole inspector
  • utility pole tester
  • utility tree trimmer
  • utility tree worker

Job Duties

Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate garbage trucks to remove garbage and other refuse and dump loads at designated sites
  • Operate street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers or other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes to remove sand, litter and trash
  • Operate snowploughs or trucks fitted with plough blades to remove snow from streets, highways, parking lots and similar areas
  • Operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems
  • Operate trucks equipped with apparatuses for spreading sand, salt or abrasives on roadways
  • Operate chainsaws and other clearing equipment to fell trees and cut back vegetation close to power lines
  • Operate equipment and hand tools to inspect and test utility poles for decay and deterioration
  • Operate equipment and instruments to locate underground utility lines and pipes
  • Check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school may be required.
  • Experience as a public works labourer is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • A driver’s licence appropriate to a specific type of equipment may be required.
  • Trade certification for utility arborists is available, but voluntary, in Ontario and British Columbia.

Additional Information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


  • Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (7521)
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  • Public works and maintenance labourers (7621)
  • Supervisors of public works maintenance equipment operators (in 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)
  • Transport truck drivers (7511)
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