Industrial Construction and Maintenance in Energy

Increasing Need for Workers in Construction

Today, Canada’s emerging LNG sector, petrochemicals industry and active pipelines sub-sector are driving demand for skilled workers in industrial construction and maintenance. As new energy projects begin, more and more construction jobs will be created. 

The Five Types of Industrial Construction

Energy sector activity occurs in heavy and light industrial construction.


  • Retail
  • Banking
  • High-rise infrastructure 


  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Recreation


  • Rail
  • Air
  • Road and water

Heavy Industrial

  • Oil sands
  • LNG
  • Petrochemicals and refining
  • Pipelines
  • Power generation

Light Industrial

  • Gas
  • Wind
  • Solar


With several large-scale oil and natural gas facilities and energy-related projects in development and more to come, additional skilled workers will be required in Canada’s industrial construction and maintenance in energy sector. The large scale and tight timelines for construction projects mean thousands of workers are needed – far more than are needed for day-to-day operations.

Construction projects include highly technical facilities such as LNG terminals, refineries, ethylene crackers, hydrogen plants, carbon capture, utilization and storage facilities, as well as the pipeline infrastructure required to connect the resources to these facilities. Increasingly, construction is playing a large role in not only oil- and natural gas-related projects, but cleantech, including carbon capture utilization and storage and hydrogen plants, and renewables sector infrastructure as well.

Construction from Start to Finish


Maintenance work contributes to a lot of jobs in the energy sector. In fact, shutdown and turnaround maintenance in Alberta’s oil sands sub-sector is expected to be a key driver of industry labour for the next three years.


These areas of the energy sector are leading employment in industrial construction and maintenance.

(Source: Construction Owners Association of Alberta, Heavy Industrial Construction Workforce Outlook to 2022)

You might be a good fit for Industrial Construction and Maintenance if you:

  • Work well in teams
  • Enjoy working outdoors and in remote locations
  • Like to learn on the job
  • Have a passion for the energy sector
  • Have skills in trades or labour
  • Value working safely
  • Work on rotation

Consider these career opportunities: