Building Inspection Technician

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
NORT-T092 (PC) Timmins Campus
NORT-T092B Blackboard (Web-based)

The power to make sure it’s built right

Whether you’re aiming for a career in the design, inspection or construction industries, Northern’s two-year Building Inspection Technician program will get you there.

From the foundation to the roof – and from waterproofing to drainage – you’ll gain the skills you need to interpret and apply building code requirements. You’ll master the materials and techniques required for quality residential and commercial construction. And, beyond just identifying infractions, you’ll learn how and when to leverage your authority and intervene.

Along the way, you’ll improve your communication and conflict resolution skills. You’ll become proficient at computer-aided drafting. And you’ll master the public health and fire regulations that help keep us all safe.

Meanwhile, thanks to a series of placements, you’ll get on-the-job training with municipal inspectors in the working world.

 

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program may find employment opportunities with municipalities overseeing various code compliance. The Ontario Building Code sets out the minimum safety requirements regarding public health, fire protection and structural sufficiency. This program has been developed to assist those students that enter the design, inspection or construction industry to interpret and apply code requirements correctly. The Building Inspection Technician Program is a two-year program that includes academic, technical, and code skills. Along with a foundation of building code courses, the placement component will be an integral feature of the program.

 

Contact

Tony Douglass
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2287
Email: douglasst@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)

Or equivalent

 

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Accessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate with an equivalent Grade 12 Mathematics (50% min.) in Technical /Science Stream

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Information

AutoCAD System Requirements (PDF)

Semester 1
AR2023 Project Documentation

Project Documentation consists of specification contract writing and project planning, all are integral parts of any project. The specifications contain the legal documentation as well as the trade section for various building materials. Project planning is a series of activities strung together using critical path management principles to create a time line for estimating and construction purposes. This course reviews the process of tendering a construction project, the documents that form part of a standard construction contract as well as aspects of project planning and scheduling. Students will write and modify existing specifications, review CCDC2 the stipulated price contract and use MS project to create a Gantt chart.

Pre-requisites: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

AR1203 Ontario Building Code I

This course, using the Introduction to the Ontario Building Code materials, is designed to help the students understand the responsibilities and appropriate conduct of the building inspector, understand the ways in which the Ontario Building Code applies to the use of materials, know when to and how to use the inspector’s authority when dealing with infractions of the Building Code and other regulations and how to assist the public to understand their responsibilities under the Ontario Building Code.

CM1903 Communications I – Model A

Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen essential oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork and presentation skills. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents, practice proper business etiquette and learn the importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism in the classroom and workplace. Attention to detail is emphasized.

GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

IN1224 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) I

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology

In this course, students will gain practical experience with the essential features of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint to enhance their communication and analytical skills. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisite. Students will gain hands-on experience with file management, software settings, system security, Word Reports (APA Functions), tables, advanced presentation functions, summarizing and analyzing data in Excel through a series of learning activities, projects, and exercises that focus on real world examples. Students gain practical knowledge that can be applied directly to the workplace setting.

MA1100 Mathematics I

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

Semester 2
AR2023 Project Documentation

Project Documentation consists of specification contract writing and project planning, all are integral parts of any project. The specifications contain the legal documentation as well as the trade section for various building materials. Project planning is a series of activities strung together using critical path management principles to create a time line for estimating and construction purposes. This course reviews the process of tendering a construction project, the documents that form part of a standard construction contract as well as aspects of project planning and scheduling. Students will write and modify existing specifications, review CCDC2 the stipulated price contract and use MS project to create a Gantt chart.

Pre-requisites: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

AR2206 Ontario Building Code II

This course, using the House 2003 material, will assist the students to review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with houses. The course covers: Basics of Structural Requirements, Design of Areas and Spaces, Doors, Windows and Skylights, Stairs, Ramps, Handrails, Guards, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Sound Control, Excavation, Dampproofing, Waterproofing, Soil Gas Control, Drainage, Footings, Foundations, Slabs-on-Ground, Columns, Crawl Spaces, Attic and Roof Spaces, Masonry, Chimneys, Fireplaces, Wood Frame Construction, Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing, Heat Transfer, Air Leakage, Condensation Control, Roofing, Cladding, Stucco, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical Facilities, Garages and Carports, Cottages, Log Construction and Park Model Trailers.

Pre-requisites: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

AR4213 Methods and Materials II

This course is designed to complement the Methods and Materials I course at an Advanced level, and to prepare the students for the construction industry. This course will cover the following topics from the text Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques (Third Edition) by William P. Spence, ISBN 1-4354-8108-4. Part I: Introduction to Construction Methods, Materials, and Techniques. Part II: Site Construction and Earthwork. Part III: Concrete and Masonry. Part IV: Metal, Wood, and Plastics. Part V: Thermal and Moisture Protection, Openings and Finishes.

BD2003 Engineering Materials

This course provides a clear and concise introduction to engineering construction materials, including soils, aggregates and Portland cement concrete technology. Students will gain understanding in the theory.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications 2 is a one-semester course that applies the oral and written communication tools learned in Comm1 to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance the writing skills acquired in COMM1 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, emails, employment documents as well as reports applicable to their field of study. Students will also learn how to plan and participate in meeting situations and participate in mock interviews (as applicable) so that they are prepared to transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to learn and apply proper language and grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class/online activities and through the usage of the customized Mylab online grammar tool. As with COMM1, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will experience in the future.

*Students for whom English is not their first language will receive additional language support through the concurrent delivery of CM2933 (Enhanced Comm2) which continues to focus on the foundational grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure skills introduced in CM1933.

CV2213 Plans Examination and Building Studies

Research and evaluation is an important part of the construction industry. Building studies uses existing structures to research construction materials and techniques and evaluate them against established standards.

Semester 3
AR3034 Mechanical/Electrical Installations I

The course in Mechanical and Electrical Installations I introduces the student to basic Mechanical and Electrical Systems in the Commercial construction industry. In this course we will cover such topics as HVAC, piping, plumbing equipment and systems, Fire Protection, Introduction to Electricity, Communications, Life Safety, Security Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Wiring, Lighting Design and Sustainable Design.

AR3206 Ontario Building Code III

This course, using the Plumbing House 2003 material, will assist students review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with plumbing in houses. This Course covers the following topics: Water Supply, Waste-Water Management, Water-Service Inspection, Water Distribution System Inspection, Sewer and Drain Inspection I, Sewer and Drain Inspection II, Stacks and Waste Pipes Inspection, Venting Systems Inspection, Fixtures and Plumbing Appliances Inspection.

AR3216 Ontario Building Code IV

Using the Small Buildings 2003 material, this course will assist the students to review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with small buildings. This courses covers: Special Structures and the Basics of Structural Requirements, Design of Areas and Spaces, Doors, Windows and Skylights, Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Slabs-on-Ground, Wood Frame Construction, Plumbing, Public Pools and Spas, Electrical Facilities, Compliance Alternatives and Alternative Measures and Farm Buildings.

BD3201 Building Inspection Placement I

Placement will give students an opportunity to experience firsthand a municipality’s role in plans examination and building inspection. They will observe and practice those skills required to be successful in the position of building inspector and plans examiner. It is the student’s responsibility, working with a faculty advisor, to find their placement.

GN2133 Law and Ethics

This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers tort law, contract law, legislation regulating business organizations, employment law, and professional liability. The overall objective of this course is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

SU1006 Survey Principles

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Plane Surveying. The theory and use of theodolites, steel tapes and levels will be covered. Basic surveying calculations for direction, coordinates and area will be included.

Semester 4
AR4206 Ontario Building Code V

Using the Large Buildings 2003 material, this course will assist experienced students to review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with large buildings. The course covers: Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance, and Occupant Load, Fire Performance Ratings, Building Fire Safety – Part 1 dealing with Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy, Building Fire Safety – Part 2 dealing with Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection, Building Fire Safety – Part 3 dealing with Fire Suppression, Emergency Lighting, Mezzanines and Interconnected Floor Spaces, Safety Within Floor Areas, Exits, Vertical Transportation, Anchorage Systems for Fixed Ladders, Health Requirements, Barrier-Free Design, Portable Classrooms and Self-Service Storage Buildings, Public Pools and Public Spas, Rapid Transit Stations, Tents and Air-Supported Structures, Additional Requirements for Change of Use and Renovations and Wind, Water and Vapour Protection.

AR4216 Ontario Building Code VI

Using the Legal-Interpretation of the Act material, the course is based on Building Code Statute Law Amendment Act, 2002 and O.Reg. 305/03 (Building Regulatory Reform). The course addresses the following topics: Understanding Roles and the Legal Framework of the Building Code Act , Qualifications and Registration under the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code, Permit Applications and the Issuance Process, Exercising Lawful Entry, Inspection and Compliance Processes, The Occupancy Process, Co-operation, Conflict and Dispute Resolution under the Building Code Act, Offences, Liability and Immunity from Actions, Change of Use and Renovations, and Powers and Duties of the Chief Building Official and the Registered Code Agency.

BD4201 Building Inspection Placement II

Placement will give students an opportunity to experience firsthand a municipality’s role in plans examination and building inspection. They will observe and practice those skills required to be successful in the position of building inspector and plans examiner. It is the student’s responsibility, working with a faculty advisor, to find their placement.

CV4303 Geography and GIS

This course introduces the basic principles of geographic information systems. Emphasis will be placed on the theory, uses and applications of GIS today. There is a highly practical component to this course.

MA6023 Statistics

This course will cover such topics as: classification of data using Excel, x-y graphs, bar graphs and pie charts; organization of data into frequency distributions, calculation of the mean, the median, variance and standard deviation for grouped data; probability and frequency distributions,  binomial and normal distributions, estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval; control charts for statistical process control; and regression and correlation analysis.

Pre-requisites: MA1100 Mathematics I

PH2143 Mediation & Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to help students look at conflict in a theoretical and critical manner and then to recognize and apply systemic methods of resolving disputes ranging from interpersonal conflict to analyzing more complex global issues. Students will learn to identify, avoid, and resolve their own personal conflicts as well as assisting others as a neutral third party, to do so in an efficient and effective fashion.

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