Most construction and building inspectors are involved with making sure that buildings are up to code with laws and standards on the local and national level. A large number of inspectors check buildings, but many also check things like dams, highways, bridges, sewer systems, and homes. This includes checking the ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications to ensure it is in accordance with laws.
Many inspectors spend most of their day at different building sites inspecting the building and making sure it is up to code. Due to this, being able to travel and have good transportation is a must. Being able to climb ladders, fit into tight spaces, having attention to details, and remaining stern when inspecting is also important. Construction and building inspectors are expected to be able to work under stress. They must also be able to be a people person, be able to work with groups, be timely and organized, be able to communicate well, and be a good listener. Inspectors are required to keep up with changing laws and ordinances involved with their occupation.
To be considered as a construction or building inspector, all that is usually needed is a high school diploma or equivalent. However, there are many colleges and specialty schools that offer courses for a better understanding of the job and aspects of it. Some companies prefer that the inspector has around five years of experience on the job as well. Some cities and states require a specific license to perform this job, but in most cases on the job training is provided.
Construction and Building Inspector Tasks
Document and report on code violations and poor compliance, including suggestions for bringing sites up to code.
Interpret and understand building codes, convey necessary information in documentation, and verbally.
Identify changes in plans or construction that affect codes and communicate the situation.
Visit sites and conduct interior and exterior inspections.
Approve final inspection certificates.