After a slowdown in the last couple years, construction activity is slowly increasing again in Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality
of Wood Buffalo in industrial, residential and commercial
construction. For information on construction projects, see the Oil Sands Project Report or the Wood Buffalo Economic Update report. You can also look at projects across Alberta on the Government of Alberta's Inventory of Major Projects.
(Oil Sands) Development
sands development creates growth in the construction
industry in Wood Buffalo,
as well as the rest of Alberta and Canada. The primary
projects are industrial construction of new or expansion
of existing oil sands facilities.
and residential construction is also an
important part of the construction industry in Wood Buffalo.
is a wide range of employment levels in construction and
is an industry you can work you way up in. Factors that
affect the number of jobs:
of construction determines the number and type of workers
that are required.
turnarounds or shutdowns employ many tradespeople or
maintenance staff for short
periods of time.
turnarounds occur in the spring/summer, however unscheduled
shutdowns follow a mishap or anticipated need for maintenance
or repair work.
and weather can affect the amount and type of work.
through union halls. View the list of local unions for
has been an increased demand for all trades but especially
for journeymen with Alberta
trade certification or Interprovincial
Red Seal certification and certified apprentices. Also,
for more information on Apprenticeship in trades, view the
2008 Labour Market News.
Life of an Oil Sands Construction Project
work is contracted to construction companies.
Camp facilities may be available to non-residents when
the construction sites are located outside of Fort McMurray,
especially for projects that are further away. Length of
employment will vary with the timing, location and type
of contract. Contract workers may be required to provide
their own transportation to the place of work. Some of
the engineering work is done in Edmonton and Calgary. Large
modules are often constructed in the Edmonton area and
transported to Fort McMurray.
CSTS (Construction Safety Training
System) certification is required at all industrial
construction sites as well as OSSA (Oil
Sands Safety Association)
Residential and Commercial Development
and commercial construction industries are facing the same
problems finding skilled workers as the
industrial construction industry.
Companies need ticketed tradespeople, or entry-level workers
willing to work hard and care about the final product.
Visit our Employer
Websites section for employers that hire in the construction
visit the Alberta
Learning Information Service for
more information on specific jobs, wages and education