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Non-destructive testers and inspectors operate radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and similar testing equipment to detect discontinuities in objects of various compositions and materials. They are employed by quality control, maintenance and safety departments of manufacturing, processing, transportation, energy and other companies and by private industrial inspection establishments.
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- Set up and calibrate non-destructive testing equipment
- Conduct tests to ensure quality or detect discontinuities (defects) using ultrasonic, radiographic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other non-destructive testing methods
- Establish techniques for proper examination of objects under inspection, ensuring strict adherence to safety regulations
- Interpret radiographs, cathode ray tube (CRT) or digital readouts, conductivity meters and visual indicators
- Apply testing criteria in accordance with applicable specifications or standards and evaluate results
- Organize and report test results
- May perform specialized inspections using acoustic emission, vibration analysis, infrared thermography and laser shearography testing methods
- May instruct and supervise trainees.
Outlook & Prospects for Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors in Chaudière-Appalaches Region
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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors) is part of a larger occupational group called Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers (NOC 226).
|Occupations in this group||
Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors (2261)
Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers (2262)
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263)
Construction Inspectors (2264)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||55,699|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||43|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||59|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced solid employment growth, while its unemployment rate increased slightly. The average hourly wage increased little, but it was already high in comparison with occupations requiring the same skill level. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Other Technical Inspectors And Regulatory Officers, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 31,777 and 27,914 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced, it is expected that the number of job seekers will remain sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation over the 2011-2020 period. The majority of job openings will arise from replacement needs due to retirement. The retirement rate in this occupation will be higher than the average for all occupations, as workers in this occupation are older than average and generally retire at the same age as the average. Expansion demand will also result in a relatively significant number of job openings. Employment growth over the projection period will be higher than the average overall employment growth in the economy. This solid growth is due to the need to ensure compliance with increasing standards and regulations in various fields such as the environment, occupational health and safety, and construction. However, despite this solid growth, expansion demand will be much weaker than that observed in the ten years preceding the projection period. The main reason for this is the slowdown of activity in the construction industry. With regard to labour supply, 55% of job seekers over the next few years will come directly from the school system. Nearly 30% will come from other occupations. Workers from other occupations will be attracted by the good job prospects and wages in this occupation.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||1,554||5%|
|Projected Job Openings||31,777||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||27,914||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||37.80|
|Mining and oil and gas extraction||11.10|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 8% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The Labour Force Survey also gives us some information about self-employment. This occupation (Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors) is part of a larger group called Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers (NOC 226). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 7% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors) is part of a larger group called Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers (NOC 226). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 48%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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