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Job Requirements

Electrical Inspectors check and verify (i.e., inspect) all types of electrical installations to ensure compliance with the electrical safety codes enforced within their jurisdiction (i.e., provincial/territorial, Canadian).

They also examine electrical drawings to confirm compliance prior to installation. They provide advice to customers and tradespersons based on their knowledge of electrical codes and prepare and maintain electrical inspection records. Electrical Inspectors are called upon to investigate reports of electrical fires, accidents, and customer complaints. Due to the nature of the role, most employers require Electrical Inspectors to have a driver’s license.

Educational requirements:
Electrical Inspector must have a Journeyperson trade certification. The trade certification varies across jurisdictions but could include Electrician or Maintenance and Construction Licensing. Inspectors require an extensive knowledge of electrical theory and electrical codes and safety regulations. Typically, Inspectors will have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in their respective trade (e.g., as an electrician).

National Occupational Standard

NOS are a benchmark of the knowledge and abilities needed to be competent in a particular occupation. Developed by current job incumbents, NOS are a collection of the individual competencies that make up the whole picture of an occupation.

Related NOC code:

  • 22233 – Construction inspectors

Working Conditions

Female Electrical employee inspecting a panel
  • Construction and installation occupations are typically physically demanding. Many equipment and system Installations take place outdoors and although work is completed during favourable weather conditions, workers may be required to deal with fluctuations in temperature, precipitation, and adverse weather conditions to complete their work.
  • Assembling and installing systems and equipment involves handling and moving objects. Some of this handling and moving is manual, but heavier loads are conducted using lifts and assistive devices.
  • Workers are on their feet and constantly moving when completing their installations.