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.
- Inspects the construction of buildings, bridges, dams, highways and other constructed structures for conformance to plans and for compliance with building codes and regulations;
- Reviews plans, drawings, and site layouts for new or renovated buildings;
- Performs field inspections to assess the work performed and the materials used;
- Conducts destructive and non-destructive tests on metals and other materials;
- Inspects construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards and building codes;
- Provides estimates of work completed or of needed renovations;
- Approves payments to contractors;
- Verifies quality of workmanship as well the quality of materials used;
- Inspects and tests electrical and plumbing systems in buildings to ensure that they meet national and provincial building codes;
- Conducts continuous inspections of paint and insulation to ensure correct application;
- Ensures the quality and composition of aggregates used in both structure cement and surface treatments;
- Inspects steel framework, concrete forms, reinforcing steel mesh and concrete to ensure conformance with industry standards and building codes;
- Examines elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, lifts, and hoists to ensure that they are operating safely and properly;
- Inspects existing building to identify structural defects or fire hazards
- Assists home buyers by inspecting property they be considering to purchase;
- Inspects properties for cleanliness, for mould, and for animal or insect infestation.
Two-year college program in architectural technology, civil engineering or construction engineering technology.