Building Inspection Technician

Program Title – Building Inspection Technician

  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Diploma

    Delivery
    Full Time

  • Program Length
    4 Semesters

    Program Status
    Not available.

  • Tuition and Fees

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-T092 (PC) Timmins Campus – Not available
NORT-T092B Blackboard (Web-based) – Not available

Program Description
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.

Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this program may find employment opportunities with municipalities overseeing various code compliance.

Contact Information
Lad Shaba, Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2236
shabal@northern.on.ca

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

Or mature student status (an applicant who does 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). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Semester 1
AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing
AR1203 Ontario Building Code I
CM1903 Communications I Model A
GN1033 Health and Safety
IN1224 CAD I
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
MA1100 Mathematics I

Semester 2
AR2034 Project Documentation
AR2206 Ontario Building Code II
AR4213 Methods and Materials II
BD2003 Engineering Materials
CM2903 Communications II Model A
CV2213 Plans Examination and Building Studies

Semester 3
AR3034 Mechanical/Electrical Installations I
AR3206 Ontario Building Code III
AR3216 Ontario Building Code IV
BD3201 Building Inspection Placement I
GN2133 Law and Ethics
SU1006 Survey Principles

Semester 4
AR4206 Ontario Building Code V
AR4216 Ontario Building Code VI
BD4201 Building Inspection Placement II
CV4303 Geography and GIS
MA6022 Statistics
PH2143 Mediation / Conflict Resolution

Semester 1
AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing
This course describes in detail the material and construction techniques required for quality residential construction. Topics will extend from soils and foundations to building envelope. Various options are discussed for each topic, allowing the builder/designer to make informed decisions. Students will use established sketching and drafting techniques to complete various construction details.

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 A Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written 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 and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

GN1033 Health & Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

IN1224 CAD I
Computer Aided Drafting (AutoCAD 2012) is an introductory course using the text “BEGINNING AutoCAD 2012”. The text is an exercise workbook designed for the classroom instruction or self study. There are 30 lessons. Each lesson starts with a step-by-step instructions followed by exercises designed for practicing the commands you learn within that exercise. The first assigned project will be to draw construction drawings for a small residential garage followed by a residential project for a small bungalow.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

MA1100 Mathematics I
This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, factoring and solving a system of equations algebraically with applications. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

Semester 2

AR2034 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. Prerequisite: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing. Prerequisite: 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.

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.

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.

CM2903 Communications II A
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies. Minimum grade of 60% to pass.

MA6022 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, weighted mean, the median and the mode, variance and standard deviation, calculation of the probabilities for frequency distribution (binomial and normal), estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval, control charts for statistical process control.

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 torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

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
Description: N/A

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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