Civil Inspector

Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada ● Duncan, BC, Canada Req #77
Friday, July 7, 2023

About McElhanney 

Based in Western Canada for over 110 years, McElhanney offers innovative and practical engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services. As a 100% employee-owned and operated firm, with over 1,300 staff members in 33 locations, we are proud to offer qualified staff with shareholding options in our company. At McElhanney, we work in teams to build strong connections with our staff, clients, and local communities. Our employees enjoy working here because of our varied projects, high levels of autonomy, opportunities for career development, excellent total compensation and benefits package, and collaborating with a team of great professionals. 

The Opportunity: 
McElhanney has an exciting opportunity for a Field Inspector / to join our team in Duncan, BC. In this role, you will be a key player in helping us expand our  services for existing and prospective clients. As a self-motivated problem solver, you excel in client-facing roles that allow you to think on the spot. You have been seeking an opportunity to grow and develop your technical, leadership, and client management skills without forgoing your love for being outdoors. This role is ideal for an adaptable individual who enjoys diverse challenges and thrives in team environments.  

What You’ll Be Doing: 

  • Provide on-site contractor inspection to monitor the quality and progress of the work being performed
  • Provide inspection and contract administration duties as defined by MMCD  
  • Chair regular site meetings, prepare meeting agendas and record and distribute meeting minutes. 
  • Track and report contractor schedule milestones progress 
  • Review and respond to any requested changes or RFI's during construction that may affect cost and schedule, and recommend and issue Contemplated Change Notices (“CCN”) and Change Orders (“CO”) where appropriate and in MMCD format 
  • Track and report site instructions, change orders and force account work; ensure necessary approvals are obtained 
  • Prepare a deficiency list and schedule for completion Issue substantial and total completion, when appropriate, and Complete Warranty closeout review and documentation. 
  • Author daily inspection reports 
  • Be forward thinking; understand the construction progress and be able to learn the specifications and requirements of the work which they will be inspecting 
  • Understand the hazards and safe work procedures for each task and inspection location 
  • Report inspection issues to the Project Manager 
  • Maintain inventories of bid item quantities and generate payment authorizations 
  • Provide reporting of work progress and issue construction memos to contractor as needed 
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to entry level staff and oversee material testing and surveying operations 
  • Identify field and design issues, facilitate corrective measures, and perform constructability reviews 
  • Liaise with contractor, client, and affected stakeholders during construction operations  
  • Lead or assist in the development of construction specifications and contract tender documents  

What You’ll Bring: 

  • Ideally 5+ years of field or construction related experience as contract administrator /inspector 
  • BONUS – Hold an MMCD Contract Administration Certificate  
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field 
  • Ability to work standard 40-hour work week  
  • Willingness to commit to construction projects for the duration of the project  
  • Experience with municipal and land development construction projects; consulting experience an asset 
  • Ability to interpret construction, contracts, drawings, and specifications and compare them with construction in progress, detecting faulty materials and workmanship, and suggesting appropriate remedies 
  • Have a forward-looking approach and the ability to foresee potential issues and problems so these items can be addressed and resolved 
  • Exceptional organization and follow-up skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment  
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral 

What’s In It for You? 

We are proud to be listed as one of the Best Places to Work in Canada and Gold Standard for Best Managed Companies. Working with us provides unique opportunities such as building entrepreneurial skills and guiding projects of all sizes from start to finish.  

A Full Range of Benefits to Keep You Healthy & Happy 

  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your busy lifestyle, in alignment with construction project commitments  
  • Maternity leave top-up and parental leave 
  • Extended health and dental coverage, healthcare spending account, and RRSP matching 
  • Employee & Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support online or over the phone 
  • A workplace culture that is characterized by respect and inclusion for all 
  • Competitive salary, participation in our generous performance bonus plan, and opportunity to join an employee-owned firm with potential share ownership  
  • Continuous support for your growth through professional development reimbursement, mentorship programs, and opportunity to join numerous internal committees

This role is designated as a safety sensitive position. 

If this is the opportunity for you, apply now or visit to learn more. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
McElhanney is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the successes that comes from a team diverse in expertise, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage and are pleased to consider all qualified candidates, welcoming all ethnicities, religions, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, aboriginal status, age, or people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the selection process.
Our Purpose: Amaze our clients. Care for our communities. Empower our people. 
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