Ask yourself...

  • Can you lead teams of people in a shop environment?
  • Can you encourage other people to get things done?
  • Are you a good listener who can give clear instructions and manage conflict?
  • Do you hold a construction trade ticket or have extensive shop experience? 

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Shop Foreman could be right for you.

Shop foremen are responsible for the servicing and repair of tools and equipment. They may supervise and coordinate the activities of various tradespersons, apprentices, labourers, subcontractors and other construction workers. In smaller organizations, shop foremen may even do the service and repair work.


Shop foremen perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of construction workers
  • Train workers in job duties
  • Prepare work progress reports
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with subcontractors
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality

Work Conditions

Shop foremen normally work on construction sites or in construction company facilities or warehouses.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, shop foremen must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.

Training and Certification

In many cases, shop foreman are journeypersons in trades such as Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician, Automotive Service Technician or Millwright.

Supervisory and leadership training courses are available from a variety of training providers across Canada. Completion of secondary school is usually required, along with several years of experience in construction and or equipment service and repair.

A journeyperson trade certification may also be required.


Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Construction Industry Ethics
Construction Law
Construction Project Management
Pipeline Construction Safety Training
Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace


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The wage range listed here is based on hourly rates multiplied by a 40-hour work week. Wages can vary depending on the contract, company, location and collective agreements (if applicable), as well as local and national economic conditions. Overtime is not included.
Wage data obtained from the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.