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Rotating equipment inspectors check and inspect turbines, compressors, pumps and similar rotating equipment among other things.

Careers in Skilled Trades: 
Rotating Equipment Inspector

Do you enjoy troubleshooting construction equipment problems? Are you familiar with the way rotating equipment should operate?

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

Rotating equipment inspectors check and inspect turbines, compressors, pumps and similar rotating equipment used in the construction industry to ensure the equipment and/or equipment components are in good repair and meet construction project requirements. In smaller organizations rotating equipment inspectors may also perform other tasks.

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

Note: There is limited demand for this occupation in the construction industry.


Rotating equipment inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check and inspect rotating equipment and/or components to ensure they meet project requirements
  • Provide rotating equipment shutdown QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) service and technical support
  • Ensure accurate standards, procedures and specifications are in place for the maintenance of the rotating equipment assets
  • Check mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies for proper alignment and functioning
  • Test electrical assemblies and wiring for proper connections on equipment
  • Perform minor adjustments and repairs
  • Maintain accurate rotating equipment records, including protocols and equipment history
  • Review key rotating equipment maintenance strategies

Work Conditions

Rotating construction equipment may be located in a yard, shop, or on a construction site, and rotating 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, rotating equipment inspectors must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.

Training and Certification

Training in rotating 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

Info compiled from Careers in Construction

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