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Vehicle Inspectors (NOC 2262) may also be called:

  • motor transportation inspector
  • motor transportation regulations officer
  • motor vehicle defects investigator
  • motor vehicle inspector

What Would I Do?

Vehicle Inspectors inspect transportation vehicles such as 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.  Duties may include:

  • carry out 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

More information:

WorkBC Career Profile for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers)

Am I Suited For This Job?

Vehicle Inspectors should be:

  • detail-oriented
  • good with people
  • mechanically skilled

they should have:

  • good judgment
  • good communication skills
  • good writing skills to report findings & make recommendations
  • integrity and a sense of responsibility

Inspection work often takes place outdoors, in all weather conditions. Inspectors may also spend time indoors, either inspecting vehicles or writing reports.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers), Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Transportation Inspector’)

What Are The Wages And Benefits?

WorkBC reports that in British Columbia the median annual salary for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers) is approximately $80,212.

JobBank Canada lists hourly wages for BC where Vehicle Inspectors can expect to make:

vehicle inspector hourly regional wages

Table from Job Bank Canada Wage Report

Transportation inspectors generally receive benefits in addition to a salary. These benefits often include paid vacation and sick days, health insurance, and retirement contributions.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers), Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Transportation Inspector’)

What Is The Job Outlook In BC?

WorkBC provides regional employment outlooks for the Lower Mainland / Southwest region of BC:

  • projecting 1.1% average annual employment growth for 2015-2025 with 190 job openings

employment outlook for engineering inspectors including vehicle inspectors

JobBank Canada reports that for the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for the occupation group, Engineering Inspectors & Regulatory Officers (NOC 2262) in British Columbia. Employment growth is expected to be moderate; a moderate number of people are expected to retire.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers), JobBank Canada: Job Market Report

How Do I Become a Vehicle Inspector?

Vehicle Inspectors must have:

  • trades qualification
  • successful completion of an ‘Authorized Inspectors’ course.

Trades Qualification

Vehicle Inspectors must have a BC/Red Seal equivalent Journeyman Trade Qualification in one of the following:

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic
  • Commercial Transport Trailer Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanic/Technician

PLUS

Endorsements (in addition to above):

  • Pressure Fuel – Current Certificate of Qualification issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority
  • Air Brake Inspection – Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport and Trailer Technicians are qualified for an Air Brake endorsement automatically. Automotive Technicians are required to pass an Air Brake Repair course.

For more information on BC Trades Training programs, see the Industry Training Authority (ITA)

Internationally Trained Vehicle/Motorcycle/Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians

If you have extensive experience working in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you can apply to challenge certification in your trade.  Each trade requires a minimum number of hours of related work experience plus evidence that you have worked in the full scope of the trade.  After you apply to challenge, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will review your work history, talk to your employers and determine if you have the necessary experience to challenge the certification.

Sources: Industry Training Authority of BC (ITA):  information on the Challenge Process, information on the Challenge Process in specific trade(s)
look at the ‘Program Profile’ for your trade which describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Authorized Inspectors Course

Course includes approximately 20 hours of classroom time and is available throughout BC at approximately fifteen BC colleges and institutes and one university.

List of accredited BC institutions offering the Inspectors course.
Examples of Vehicle Inspectors Courses:

For more information, see: Q & A’s Authorized Inspectors

Certification

After successful completion of both the ‘authorized inspectors’ course and the final exam, your qualifications will be forwarded to the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE).  Once all eligibility requirements have been met, the CVSE will then certify you as an Authorized Inspector.

Source: WorkBC Career Profile for Vehicle Inspectors (in the occupation group, Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers)

Commercial Safety Vehicle & Enforcement Branch (CVSE) – Peace Officers

For information on requirements and training to become a CVSE Officer, see Commercial Safety Vehicle & Enforcement Branch:  Featured Careers.
The CVSE promotes compliance of safety regulations within the commercial transport sector. CVSE Officers work in field offices or commercial transport inspection stations and their duties include:

  • stop and inspect vehicles and/or drivers for safety violations.
  • issue violation tickets and inspection notices.
  • conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles.

How Do I Find A Job?

Where would I work?

  • government agencies (at the federal or provincial level)
  • industry employers in the private sector

Finding Advertised Jobs

Jobs are advertised in a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines and online job sites.

Local Newspapers

You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, in The Province on Sundays.

Online Job Postings

Finding “Hidden Jobs”

Many job vacancies are not advertised. The resources below will help you with finding jobs in this “hidden” job market.

Using Directories to Create a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of employers who are in this industry. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter “Vehicle Inspection” and click LOOKUP.
    Select the appropriate headings.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).

Networking, Volunteering and Temporary Agencies

Many positions are filled by people who have been recommended by someone they know. Networking, working as a volunteer or registering with a temporary employment agency are good ways of helping you find jobs and meet people in your industry.

Networking and the Hidden Job Market:

When looking for work, be sure to talk to friends, relatives and neighbours. They may know someone who is hiring! Working as a volunteer, attending events, and joining clubs and associations are good ways to gain “Canadian experience.” They are also good ways to meet people to learn about the local job market.

Volunteer opportunities

For additional tips see:

Applying for a Job

In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your experience.  Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.

For more information see:

Where Can This Job Lead?

Progression from vehicle inspector to commercial vehicle inspector to senior commercial vehicle inspector is possible with additional training and experience

Source: Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Transportation Inspector’)

Where Can I Find More Information?