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Outlook & Prospects for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers in Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Alberta.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Alberta||(3 of 3 stars)||2014-05-22|
For the 2013-2015 projection period, employment opportunities will be good for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers (NOC 2142) in Alberta. Compared with all other occupations, there should be proportionately fewer unemployed workers with experience in this occupation to compete for available jobs.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the average age for this occupation in Alberta was 44 years and 19% of workers were 55 years old and older. Also, according to the Labour Force Survey, less than 1,500 people worked in this occupation in 2013.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||(Undetermined)||2014-05-22|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||(Undetermined)||2014-05-22|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||(Undetermined)||2014-05-22|
|Red Deer Region||(Undetermined)||2014-05-22|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(Undetermined)||2014-05-22|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- February 2015 | (PDF, 560 KB)
- January 2015 | (PDF, 559 KB)
- December 2014 | (PDF, 586 KB)
- November 2014 | (PDF, 575 KB)
- October 2014 | (PDF, 643 KB)
- October 2014 (Quarterly Edition) | (PDF, 656 KB)
- September 2014 | (PDF, 650 KB)
- August 2014 | (PDF, 650 KB)
- July 2014 | (PDF, 765 KB)
- June 2014 | (PDF, 641 KB)
- May 2014 | (PDF, 602 KB)
- April 2014 | (PDF, 669 KB)
- March 2014 | (PDF, 600 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 610 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 662 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 226 KB) new
- December 2013 | (PDF, 536 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 534 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 657 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 235 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 438 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 487 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 445 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 240 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 437 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 241 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 435 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 227 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015
- The Agriculture Financial Services Corp., an Alberta Crown corporation that provides insurance to farmers and rural businesses, is closing nine offices across the province to reduce costs. Additionally, the Airdrie and Calgary offices are being consolidated into one branch in Balzac.
- Camex Equipment Sales and Rentals in Nisku are building a new sales and service centre, despite recent staff reductions and a slowdown in the energy sector. The company expects new business opportunities to arise from reduced capital expenditures by the energy sector.
- Genesis Place Recreation Centre in Airdrie is slated for approximately $2M in renovations from August to October, 2015. The work involves re-surfacing and new tiles, necessitating a total closure of the indoor pool.
- In an effort to ease summertime traffic congestion, the Town of Banff is increasing the frequency of public bus service to Sulphur Mountain. The project is slated to run from late June to early September 2015.
- The Municipal District of Bonnyville has passed a $110M budget for 2015, with 44% of the funds dedicated to road construction and maintenance. Fire hall upgrades and construction of a new public safety building are also planned.
- The Government of Alberta has committed $43M for improvements to a section of Highway 28 beginning in the summer of 2015 and ending in 2016
- Beginning on May 9th 2015, Red Arrow Motorcoach is expanding its e-bus service to include Edmonton International Airport. The service will run four trips daily, seven days a week.
- The University of Calgary has announced a freeze on all executive salaries due to funding cutbacks. The university is also dipping into its reserves to balance its budget.
- Krawford Construction is scheduled to start work on a $9.38M renovation project at St. John Paul II Catholic Schools in Stony Plain. The expansion, consisting of new classrooms and a gym, is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
- The Town of Bonnyville has awarded a $5.7M contract for road construction to NuEdge Contracting. The project has an estimated three-month duration for completion.
- Portage College has announced that it is withdrawing from its campus in Bonnyville, effective September 30, 2015. The institution scaled back its courses in 2013 and has since only offered a few welding and engineering classes in the town.
- SMG Canada, a leader in venue management, is currently recruiting for the Medicine Hat Event Centre, scheduled to open in August 2015. The company is hiring casual employees for building operations, food and beverage, as well as guest services.
- The City of Grande Prairie is exploring alternatives for the Leisure Centre renovation project after a $4M budget shortfall was identified. The project was scheduled for completion by 2017.
- Absolute Completion Technologies, a Calgary-based manufacturer, has recently launched an automated robotics and production cell at its Edmonton facility. Robots complete the work of five employees and reduce manufacturing times by up to 50%.
- BluEarth Renewables is planning to start construction in May 2015 on its $80M Bull Creek Wind Project near Provost. A scaled down version of the original project was recently approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission.
- The Town of Banff is clamping down on illegal vacation property rentals and encouraging owners to consider longer- term rentals for full-time employees instead. There is a zero-vacancy rate for residents and seasonal workers in Banff.
- The Fort McMurray Airport Authority issued layoff notices to 24 unionized cleaning staff on April 9, 2015 as part of its plan to privatize custodial work. The new contractor, Bill's Cleaners, will begin cleaning the airport on June 1, 2015.
- Gateway Casinos & Entertainment recently announced a $32M casino in the Edmonton Arena District. The project is expected to create 450 person-years of construction employment and 200 new permanent jobs upon completion in the summer of 2016.
- The City of Medicine Hat has recently approved contracts for six companies worth up to $1.5M each, for a total of $9M in spending on pipeline and facility work during 2015
- The Municipal District of Bighorn has received $2M in the first round of flood mitigation funds from the Government of Alberta for 2015-2016. The district has made a total request for $23.7M.
- Points West Living is expecting to hire 100 employees for a $40M seniors housing facility in Cochrane. Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2015, with occupancy by mid-2017.
- The Marina View Hotel in the downtown area of Cold Lake is slated for demolition, with the land viewed by the city as a potential development site
- The Government of Alberta has announced financial support for 21 projects in 16 municipalities for long-term flood protection and drought mitigation
- The Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley has received a $350,000 grant from the Government of Alberta. The money will be used as operational funds to support program development and staffing when the centre opens in the fall of 2015.
- The Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith is building a new $4M gymnasium and community fitness centre. Construction is expected to be complete by the summer or fall of 2016.
- The Town of High Prairie is holding the inaugural High Prairie Traditional Powwow on May 23, 2015. The event is expected to draw up to 1,000 participants and provide a venue for local artisans.
- Three schools in the Town of High River have had funding approved by the Government of Alberta for flood protection and prevention. The repairs are expected to start in the summer of 2015, with total costs estimated at $3.5M.
- The Government of Alberta is hiring one less air tanker group from Conair, an aerial water-bomber company, for firefighting services in 2015
- The Town of Edson is offering local training for the Standard for Professional Firefighter Qualifications to its volunteer firefighting members. Previously, the training was held as a full-time program in Vermilion.
- Victory Nickel has temporarily suspended frac sand production at its plant in Seven Persons due to poor market conditions. The company stated that they have laid off all but a core of the plant operations staff.
- The City of Edmonton has approved funding of $6.4M to hire 40 new police officers that will be dedicated to the downtown core. City council also approved funding for nine officers to patrol the transit system.
- Kinder Morgan has announced a new $400M hydrocarbon storage terminal for Strathcona County. The project is expected to generate 70 to 100 construction jobs from 2015 to 2019 and up to 20 full-time operational staff on completion.
- The oil and gas downturn is forcing some Alberta technology businesses to diversify. For example, Calgary-based Nagus, which supplies sophisticated batteries used in oil drilling, is seeking alternative markets for its technology.
- Recent large group layoffs in Alberta are mostly linked to the struggling oil patch. Of the 8,170 layoffs reported in the first quarter of 2015, 64% were in the energy sector and the remainder were mainly in retail services.
- Alberta's youth unemployment rate has reached its highest level in five years and university students are expected to have difficulty finding summer jobs this year
- ConocoPhillips will slow expansion of its Surmont thermal oil sands project, located south of Fort McMurray, but will maintain spending about $1.3B US each year in Canada over the next three years
- The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has released redevelopment plans to convert the historic St. Louis Hotel in Calgary into a mixed-use commercial development
- Future Shop has closed 10 locations in Alberta and will be converting the remaining seven locations to Best Buy stores, as part of a Canada-wide consolidation
- The Government of Alberta has announced $3.4B for new health facilities in Edmonton and northern Alberta in a five-year capital plan under Budget 2015. There are also provisions for maintenance and renewal of existing facilities.
- Oilfield services forecasters are predicting that the spring 2015 slump in drilling activity in Alberta could extend into fall or longer. Recent rig counts in Western Canada are down 22% from 2014, according to the Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors.
- The Government of Alberta has announced funding for 34 continuing care spaces in a new seniors facility to be built in Bassano
- Comark Inc., the owners of the Bootlegger, Cleo and Ricki's clothing shop chains, is planning to close stores after it was granted creditor protection on March 26, 2015. The company announced the closing of approximately 50 of its 341 stores over the next few weeks.
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