Alberta is set to lose 13,000 construction jobs this year, according to a BuildForce report.
Those jobs will be compounded by a further loss of 18,000 jobs by 2019 when the construction industry will begin recovering between 2020 and 2025. Many of those construction workers, says BuildForce, are out-of-province workers who will return to their home province during the slowing economy.
Much of the job loss will be due to a drop in investment in new oil sands projects, which will fall by 66% between 2015 and 2019.
The specific jobs in the non-residential construction industry that are set to be hardest hit include bricklayers, concrete finishers, carpenters, construction estimators, construction managers, construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, contractors and supervisors, crane operators, electricians, elevator constructors and mechanics, gasfitters, industrial instrument technicians and mechanics, insulators, ironworkers and structural metal fabricators and fitters, plumbers, air conditioning mechanics, sheet metal workers, and several others.
The least affected jobs include drillers and blasters, electrical powerline and cable workers, floor covering installers, heavy duty equipment mechanics, painters and decorators, residential and commercial installers and servicers, and steamfitters, pipefitters, and sprinkler system installers.
Most positions in residential construction will see an impact of an excess of workers, with the exception of roofers and shinglers, and painters and decorators.