This program trains individuals to work as urban planning technicians or municipal inspectors. Urban planning technicians carry out different technical tasks related to urban or rural planning. They help plan and monitor residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, agricultural, natural as well as other types of areas within a given territory. They work for public and parapublic organizations or private businesses in collaboration with urban planners, architects, engineers and land surveyors in order to plan interventions within the territory. They conduct field surveys, compile, analyze and weigh the data helpful to decision-making, and design, create and present development plans and drawings.
Municipal inspectors work in local and regional municipalities. In small municipalities, they handle all aspects of the tasks entrusted to them on their own. They ensure that municipal by-laws are respected, and inform citizens and members of the municipal council on issues concerning urban development and planning. They also issue permits and certificates in keeping with the provisions of urban by-laws, inspect the territory and uncover violations. They report any infractions to the council and follow-up on individual cases. In larger municipalities, inspectors’ tasks tend to be more specialized and generally include only part of those previously described.
This program of study ensures versatility by providing students with a set of general skills focused on: communication and the ability to interact with individuals (citizens, elected officials and clients), work teams and other specialists; the ability to adapt to different people, situations, contexts of intervention and work environments; analysis and interpretation based on the application and connection of multidisciplinary knowledge; problem-solving and decision-making resulting in relevant, effective and well-founded actions.