2264 – Construction inspectors | Canada NOC |

2264 – Construction inspectors

Construction inspectors inspect the construction and maintenance of new and existing buildings, bridges, highways and industrial construction to ensure that specifications and building codes are observed and monitor work site safety. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, construction companies, architectural and civil engineering consulting firms or they may be self-employed.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Boiler installation inspector
  • Bridge and building inspector
  • Bridge inspector
  • Bridge inspector – construction and maintenance
  • Building construction inspector
  • Building construction inspector foreman/woman
  • Building inspector
  • Building inspector – electrical wiring
  • Building inspector – structure
  • Building safety inspector
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) inspector
  • Carpentry inspector
  • Closed circuit TV sewer inspector
  • Compliance inspector – buildings
  • Construction field inspector
  • Construction inspector
  • Construction inspector and tester
  • Construction inspector supervisor
  • Construction safety officer
  • Dam construction inspector
  • Ditch construction inspector
  • Electrical energy installation inspector
  • Electrical inspector – construction
  • Electrical installation inspector
  • Electrical safety inspector
  • Electrical wiring inspector – construction
  • Flood damage inspector – construction sites
  • Highway construction inspector
  • Highway construction inspector foreman/woman
  • Home construction inspector
  • Home inspector
  • Housing construction inspector
  • Housing rehabilitation inspector
  • Industrial construction safety inspector
  • Industrial electric installation inspector
  • Irrigation inspector – construction
  • Maintenance inspector – construction
  • Masonry inspector
  • Mine construction inspector
  • Pipeline construction inspector
  • Pipeline construction inspector foreman/woman
  • Pipeline inspector foreman/woman
  • Plumbing inspector
  • Pre-stressed concrete inspector
  • Public works inspector – construction
  • Refinery equipment inspector
  • Reinforced concrete inspector
  • Road construction inspector
  • Road grading inspector
  • Road paving inspector
  • Safety officer – construction
  • Sand and gravel inspector – construction
  • Sewer construction inspector
  • Soil inspector – construction
  • Structural ironwork inspector
  • Structural steel inspector
  • Tunnel construction inspector
  • Waterworks construction inspector
  • Wiring inspector – domestic installation
  • Wiring inspector – industrial installation

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Examine plans, drawings, and site layouts for new buildings, building renovations and other proposed structures
  • Inspect construction of buildings, bridges, dams, highways and other types of building and engineering construction for conformance to drawings, specifications, building codes or other applicable ordinances
  • Inspect and test electrical or plumbing installations in buildings to ensure compliance with municipal, provincial and federal regulations
  • Inspect steel framework, concrete forms, reinforcing steel mesh and rods, concrete or pre-stressed concrete to ensure quality standards and to verify conformance to specifications and building codes
  • Inspect construction of sewer systems and pipelines
  • Inspect construction sites to ensure that safe working conditions are maintained
  • Inspect existing buildings to identify and report on structural defects, fire hazards and other threats to safety
  • Inspect new or resale homes on behalf of clients and assess and provide reports on the physical condition of property
  • Plan, design, develop, implement, and evaluate workplace activities to ensure that workers comply with company policies and government safety regulations.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma in construction, civil engineering or architectural technology plus several years of related work experience or several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a construction trade, such as plumbing, carpentry or electrical trade are required.
  • Provincial certification in a skilled trade or as an engineering technologist is usually required.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.
  • Certification as a Construction Safety Officer (CSO) by provincially chartered associations may be required in provinces having such associations.
  • Home inspectors require a licence to practice in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Additional information

  • Progression to construction management positions is possible with experience.


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