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Equipment inspectors check to see that equipment is in good repair and meets construction project requirements.

Careers in Skilled Trades:
Equipment inspector

Ask yourself...

  • Do you enjoy troubleshooting construction equipment problems?
  • Are you familiar with the way construction equipment should operate?
  • Do you have a strong technical understanding of company equipment?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as an Equipment Inspector could be right for you.

Equipment inspectors check and inspect equipment and its components to ensure they are in good repair and meet the construction project requirements. In smaller organizations, equipment inspectors may also perform other tasks.

They are employed by construction companies with large equipment fleets and as well by machinery and equipment manufacturers. In some cases equipment inspectors may be self employed.


Equipment inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check and inspect equipment and/or equipment components to ensure they meet construction project requirements
  • Check mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies for alignment and proper functioning
  • Test and check electrical assemblies and wiring for proper connections (on equipment)
  • Perform minor adjustments and repairs
  • Prepare reports and notify appropriate people of equipment problems and deficiencies
  • Ensure compliance with codes and standards

Work Conditions

Construction equipment may be located in a yard, shop or on a construction site, and equipment inspectors go to wherever the equipment is located.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, equipment inspectors must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policies and procedures.

Training and Certification

Training in equipment inspection is provided at technical colleges across Canada. The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists is a good source of information on courses and training providers for this occupation. For more information, visit

Experience with equipment maintenance and repair, and a relevant trade ticket are usually required.

Technician or technology courses and/or diplomas may be required.

Info compiled from Careers in Construction

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