Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

(NOC 2262)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers inspect transportation vehicles like aircraft, watercraft, cars and trucks, and weighing and measuring devices like scales and meters as well as industrial instruments, processes and equipment for conformity to government and industry standards and regulations. They work for government agencies and in the private sector.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 69% of Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $78,417. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$20.00

Minimum

$34.62

Median

$50.34

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,348

Minimum

$74,029

Median

$120,676

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers inspect transportation vehicles like aircraft, watercraft, cars and trucks, and weighing and measuring devices like scales and meters as well as industrial instruments, processes and equipment for conformity to government and industry standards and regulations. They work for government agencies and in the private sector.

Job duties

Motor vehicles defects investigators:

  • Conduct motor vehicle and motor vehicle component defect investigations, examinations, tests, and defect-related accident investigations.
  • Provide expert advice and testimony on specific motor vehicle performance problems or defects.
  • Recommend improvements in vehicle inspection and licensing procedures and vehicle safety standards.

Railway accident investigation officers:

  • Collect and analyze data from train derailments, collisions, and other accidents to determine the causes.
  • Inspect and evaluate railway property, structures, rolling stock, signals, track structure and train handling characteristics to ensure compliance to operating standards.

Airworthiness inspectors:

  • Inspect companies and individuals holding or applying for air carrier operating certificates and companies engaged in aircraft maintenance, repair, or modification.
  • Inspect aircraft, advise of any deficiencies, and detain aircraft suspected of being unairworthy or unsafe.

Weights and measures inspectors:

  • Inspect and test a variety of mechanical and electronic weighing and measuring devices and systems.
  • Prepare draft investigative reports of findings.
  • Recommend corrective or enforcement action.

Oil and gas drilling rig inspectors:

  • Conduct onshore and offshore inspections of drilling and well servicing equipment and processes to ensure compliance with regulations and policies and to recommend improvements and corrective action.

Sample job titles

  • air transport inspector
  • boiler and machinery inspector
  • crane inspector
  • electricity and gas meter inspector
  • engineering inspector
  • loss prevention inspector - insurance
  • marine surveyor
  • quality assurance officer
  • road safety inspector
  • weights and measures inspector

Skills

The ability to work effectively with the public under various circumstances is crucial. Good observational and analytical skills are necessary. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. Excellent communication skills are also important.

Job requirements

  • University degree or college diploma in an appropriate engineering field or trade qualifications and extensive related work experience are required.
  • Appropriate professional engineering or engineering technology certification and licences may be required.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

85.7%

employed full-time

14.3%

self employed

14.3%
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85.7%
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52.3

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

77.1%

Halifax

5.7%

North Shore

5.7%

Cape Breton

5.7%

Annapolis Valley

5.7%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

38.7%

Public administration

12.9%

Manufacturing

12.9%

Transportation and warehousing

9.7%

Professional, scientific and technical services

6.5%

Information and cultural industries

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

17.0%

65+

17.0%

35-44

11.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

28.6%

College Diploma

$105,671 median annual income
20.0%

Trade Certification

$46,901 median annual income
17.1%

Bachelor

N/A
11.4%

High school

N/A
11.4%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Marine Sciences

College or University Program

These programs focus on the study of biology, chemistry, geology and physics applied to marine, estuarine and coastal environments. They include courses in marine biogeochemistry, atmosphere and ocean dynamics, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, marine ecosystem modeling, and polar microbiology.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

TechNova
Dartmouth, NS
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Toronto, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.