Construction inspectors are responsible for overseeing safety, code requirements, and the overall construction process for their company. They routinely perform quality checks, suggest potential improvements, and grade site work and maintenance procedures. They review drainage, concrete, paving work, and safety rules; it is essential that construction inspectors are are able to read design plans and contract documents. Additionally, construction inspectors are in charge of construction sequencing, costs, and other scheduling decisions based on their findings. They also ensure uniformity in overall contract programs, as well as handle documentation and constructions records. Preparing routine progress reports, inspect the quality of workmanship and materials, and attending meetings are a regular part of this position. Construction inspectors also must accurately identify construction issues and recommend innovative solutions using company resources efficiently.
Construction inspectors work in a construction site environment and must follow strict safety regulations to avoid accidents. Generally this involves wearing safety accessories such as goggles and steel-toe boots. These professionals should have advanced knowledge of local, state, and federal code requirements for their projects. They must be problem solvers who multitask effectively and work well with other inspectors to reach construction objectives in a timely manner. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with other contractors, vendors, and government officials.
Postsecondary education in engineering, construction, or related field is required for this position. Previous experience in a similar capacity as an inspector may be preferred.
Construction Inspector Tasks
- Perform civil and structural tests on soil compaction, materials, paint thickness, etc.
- Examine plans and blueprints to identify errors in design and construction, then communicate those findings.
- Examine, draw, and write reports and diagrams to demonstrate progress and plans, including those necessary for permits.
- Physically inspect construction projects and sites to ensure safe working conditions, correct materials, and eventual structural integrity.
- Work with teams to schedule utility outages, road blockages, and other site-specific safety measures.