Demand for jobs in local area tend to be cyclical

Spring and fall focus on maintenance opportunities, with shutdowns on the horizon

Jobs involving maintenance trades are among the hottest as far as demand is concerned, but the market tends to be cyclical.

What positions are hot in the Sarnia-Lambton market right now? Over the last nine and a half years I’ve come to understand that there is a cyclical hiring trend within the Sarnia-Lambton marketplace.

The spring and fall typically give rise to shutdowns, outages and turnarounds.   In one word that means maintenance.   You will find that both the petrochemical, chemical and power related industry and the many companies who service them in our market start looking to fill a number of contract positions.

I think it is wise to discuss what types of roles become available with this upswing in employment as they are quite diverse.


Positions that typically come up during this season include; time keepers, document control, accounting support roles and turnaround administrators.

Skilled Trades and Labour:

Shutdown season is prime time for DZ drivers with hydrovac experience, welders, NDT (non-destructive testing) technicians, quality and piping inspectors, millwrights, fabricators, Safety Watch and Rescue technicians.

Professional Roles:

Project Managers, Planners-Schedulers, Industrial Hygienists and Health and Safety Advisors are among the most common within this sector.

Half of the battle to gaining successful employment is knowing what is in demand and when. Though short term project-based employment isn’t for everyone, it does offer great peak season employment, a demanding work day and great experience.

Casie VanRuymbeke is a contract and search specialist with the Sarnia-Lambton office of Express Employment Professionals. She can be reached by email at

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