Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

Occupation:Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

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

Job duties:
The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • 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 and 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 and inspect and evaluate railway property, structures, rolling stock, signals, track structure and train handling characteristics to ensure compliance to operating standards.
  • Airworthiness inspectors conduct initial and regular inspections of establishments and individuals holding or applying for air carrier operating certificates and establishments engaged in aircraft maintenance, repair or modification; inspect aircraft, advise of any deficiencies and detain aircraft suspected of being un-airworthy or unsafe.
  • Inspectors, weights and measures conduct inspections and tests of a variety of mechanical and electronic weighing and measuring devices and systems; prepare draft investigative reports of findings and 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

For these jobs, 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. Honesty and integrity are important. 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:


Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 74% 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers145Moderate growth35Moderate
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $3,348
Median: $74,029
Maximum: $120,676
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time91%94%
Percent self-employed2%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentEngineering Inspectors and Regulatory OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley6%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeEngineering Inspectors and Regulatory OfficersCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5243
GenderEngineering Inspectors and Regulatory OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
EducationEngineering Inspectors and Regulatory OfficersCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High school11.8%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificate20.6%x6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma29.4%$73,10333.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaxx3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree17.6%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma5.9%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
468 Queen Street East, LL-02
Toronto, ON M5A 1T7
Tel: (416) 646-1600
Fax: (416) 646-9460

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Engineering - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
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