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Construction inspectors

OaSIS code 22233.00

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.


Also known as

  • Bridge inspector
  • Building construction inspector
  • Construction inspector
  • Highway construction inspector
  • Home inspector
  • Housing construction inspector
  • Mine construction inspector
  • Plumbing inspector
  • Pre-stressed concrete inspector
  • Safety officer - construction

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
  • Assess the energy performance and potential energy savings of buildings.
  • Plan, design, develop, implement, and evaluate workplace activities to ensure that workers comply with company policies and government safety regulations.

Additional information

  • Progression to construction management positions is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers (22231)
  • Occupational health and safety specialists (22232)
  • Construction estimators (22303)
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers (43202)
  • Construction managers (70010)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2223 – Technical inspectors and regulatory officers

Unit group

22233 – Construction inspectors

Occupational profile

22233.00 – Construction inspectors

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

2 - Less than half the time
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
2 - Somewhat important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Architectural consulting firms
  • Civil engineering consulting firms
  • Construction firms
  • Federal governments
  • Municipal governments
  • Provincial government
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Problem Identification
4 - High Level
Written Comprehension
4 - High Level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Quality Control Testing
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Active Learning
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important