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Construction and Building Inspectors

Also Known as: Field Inspector, Inspector, Code Inspector, Safety Inspector

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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.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Writing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring

Top Tasks for this Job

  • 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.
  • Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
  • Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
  • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
  • Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.
  • Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
  • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
  • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
  • Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.

Top Education for this Job

  • Building and Construction
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Law and Government
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Mechanical

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