Career Details for Construction & Building Inspectors

Construction & Building Inspectors

Also called:

Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Combination Building Inspector, Construction Inspector

What they do:

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.

On the job, you would:

  • Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, or foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety, or conformance to specifications and codes.
  • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.

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Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • product and service development

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Business

  • customer service

Safety and Government

  • law and government

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Visual Understanding

  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self Control

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Inspection Depot Home Guide System
  • Microsoft Word

Compliance software

  • Automated permit system software
  • NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

book EDUCATION

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certificate after high school or
bachelor's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$58,480


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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