- Are you skilled at reviewing and understanding plans and specifications, and comparing completed work to the plans and specification requirements?
- Are you well organized with a solid understanding of the construction industry?
- Do you have strong writing skills?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Quality Control Officer could be right for you.
Quality control officers make sure completed work and/or work in progress meets the requirements of the plans and specifications. In smaller organizations quality control officers may also perform other tasks.
Quality control officers perform some or all of the following duties:
- Interpret and review shop drawings
- Inspect completed work and/or work in progress to determine whether the work meets specifications and plan requirements
- Monitor overall construction performance with regard to technical quality and compliance with design and specification requirements
- Note and report on work that does not meet requirements
- Educate workers on the required standards
- Work with senior managers to identify approaches and methods to improve overall quality
Quality control officers spend most of their time on the job site.
As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, quality control officers must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.
Training and Certification
Training in quality control 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 www.cctt.ca.
Several years of construction experience in relevant trades is usually required.