Ask yourself...

  • Do you enjoy teaching adults technical subjects and tasks?
  • Can you communicate information to groups of people?
  • Do you have a construction background and/or appropriate technical training?
  • Do you have sound knowledge in a particular area of the construction industry?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Technical Instructor could be right for you.

Technical instructors teach and train construction workers and industry people on technical subjects relevant to the construction process.

In many cases, technical instructors work for colleges, technical schools and/or other training providers.

Technical instructors may also work for larger companies in the Heavy Industrial, Institutional and Commercial, and Civil Engineering construction sectors.


Technical instructors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, demonstrations, discussion groups, laboratory work, shop sessions, seminars, case studies, field assignments and independent or group projects
  • Develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate student progress
  • Advise students on program details
  • Provide individualized tutorial/remedial instructions as necessary
  • Update their own learning on current trade technology

Work Conditions

Most technical instruction takes place in classroom settings, but some instruction may take place on the job site.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, technical instructors must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.

Training and Certification

“Train the trainer” courses are available through a number of providers across Canada.

The typical background requirements are:

  • A degree, college diploma or demonstrated expertise in the field of instruction
  • A certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required
  • For trade instructors, completion of apprenticeship training and trade certification are required

Additional courses in teaching or a provincial teaching certificate may be required.


Construction Industry Ethics
Construction Project Management
Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace


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The wage range listed here is based on hourly rates multiplied by a 40-hour work week. Wages can vary depending on the contract, company, location and collective agreements (if applicable), as well as local and national economic conditions. Overtime is not included.

The “mid range” wage is based on the national “median” wage reported in the Job Bank career profile for this National Occupational Category (NOC): 4021

Note: Some career profiles may have more than one NOC code associated with them.

Wage data obtained from the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.