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PUBW 4550 - Public Works Inspection

Public Works Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course covers the duties and legal responsibilities involved in public works inspection; examines inspection techniques, reports and data collection; and examines relevant clauses of MMCD general specifications for Public Works construction. Inspection requirements and quality control for soil placement, asphalt cement, Portland cement concrete and underground utilities are discussed.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89619

Mon Mar 14 - Fri Mar 18 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 14 - Mar 18 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. PUBW 4550 will be offered in a one-week online seminar format (M-F). Depending on prevailing conditions and availability we will plan a field trip on the Friday (March 18th) in which a hard hat, safety vest and safety glasses will be required of students. Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructor. For more information, please visit our commons webpage:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • List and describe the duties and responsibilities of a public works inspector.
  • Describe and use appropriate inspection techniques.
  • Collect required data and prepare an inspection report.
  • Discuss relevant clauses of MMCD general specifications for construction.
  • Classify soils and identify required material tests.
  • Demonstrate compaction and field density tests.
  • Recognize simple water-related problems in soil and recommend remedial solutions.
  • Identify asphalt cements and monitor the asphalt manufacturing and paving process.
  • Identify and assist in quality control tests and inspection on Portland cement concrete.
  • Monitor forming, curing and finishing of concrete.
  • Ensure proper material handling and installation and testing of water, sewer, and underground wiring facilities.
  • Monitor location and construction of roads.
  • Execute performance evaluation on existing pavement structures.

Effective as of Winter 2011

Related Programs

PUBW 4550 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Technology
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Civil Technology
    Part-time   Certificate
  3. Public Works Supervision
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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