Construction Observer

Job Locations CANADA-MB-Winnipeg
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Your opportunity 

Are you someone with strong leadership and technical capabilities?  Do you enjoy building relationships and working collaboratively in a team environment with both internal and external stakeholders? Are you a thought leader, a trusted advisor and a problem solver? If you enjoy entrepreneurship and innovation, this opportunity is for you! As someone with excellent communication skills and business acumen, you will thrive in our fast-paced and agile environment.


Dillon’s Communities and Environment technical group is looking for an interim Construction Observer in Manitoba, working on remote, isolated sites, to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals. You will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects building critical waste management infrastructure.  This contract will go from approximately June until October (depending on construction requirements).


What your day will look like

This position is to observe and document that the interests of the client are being protected and that the project design is being constructed in accordance with the engineering drawings and specifications during the execution of the construction contract.


Project Coordination and Field Inspection

  • On-site construction observation and field inspections of waste management infrastructure projects, documenting that the projects meet the requirements of the contract drawings and specifications
  • Liaise with the Contractor and Dillon’s Project Manager daily (and other stakeholders as required) with respect to construction progress
  • Coordinate, monitor and witness required testing activities to document that Contractor testing is being carried out at the prescribed frequency and that the results are acceptable in accordance with the project drawings and specifications
  • Witness acceptance testing, compliance testing, and material testing
  • Complete field measurements
  • Manage daily records of site conditions, site activities, quantities and work progress through site photographs and daily site reports
  • Lead or support construction administration services as required, including the preparation of site instructions (SIs), contemplated change notices (CCNs), change orders (COs), and other contract documentation and record keeping, review and track project schedule and progress, attend health and safety meetings and project progress meetings
  • Review Contractor submitted progress claims and assist in the preparation of project Payment Certificates and quantity take-offs
  • Conduct a Substantial Completion review of the work upon completion with the Contractor, including the preparation of a list of deficiencies and outstanding items
  • Conduct a Final Completion review of the work upon completion with the Contractor, following correction of identified issues
  • Ability to travel to remote sites


What you will need to succeed

  • A degree in Civil Engineering of a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology would be an asset
  • Licensed to practice as a Certified Engineering Technologist or registered as an Engineer-in-Training, or eligible to be licensed/registered within six months
  • A minimum of five years' related work experience
  • Able to keep detailed organized notes/photos related to daily site activities, Contractor equipment used, site conditions and progress


  • Experience as a resident inspector / construction observer on large infrastructure and/or building projects
  • Working knowledge of relevant provincial standards and regulatory requirements
  • In depth knowledge of contract administration and construction observation services and requirements
  • Experience working in northern and/or remote communities
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and written) skills and attention to detail are essential

Why choose Dillon

Dillon is powered by people who are technically proficient, passionate about socially important projects, and motivated to deliver superior, tangible results. We strive to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, and are empowered to continually grow and develop.


We live our core values:


Reliability: words result in actions that build trust

Achievement: do the work to hit the target

Continuous development: always learning; always adapting; always growing

Creativity: discover new possibilities

Courage: do the things that matter, especially when it’s hard

Inclusiveness: enabling belonging to draw strength from our differences


About Dillon

Dillon is a proudly Canadian, employee-owned, professional consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, environmental science and management. We partner with clients to provide committed, collaborative, and inventive solutions to complex, multi-faceted projects. With over 20 offices and more than 1000 employees across Canada, Dillon offers a wide range of services related to building and improving facilities and infrastructure, protecting the environment, and developing communities.


Now operating for over 75 years, we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. Dillon has been listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past 17 years and has the distinction of having achieved Platinum Club member status in this program.


Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Dillon:

Dillon is committed to the principles of employment equity, inclusiveness, and diversity within our organization. We strive to achieve a workplace where opportunities are based on skills and abilities and that respects and values differences. 


Inclusion is more than a word to us, it is the way we choose to run our business. 

Please connect with us if you require accommodation in the interview process. We would love to hear from you!


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