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Career Details :: Construction and Building Inspectors
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.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Issues violation notices, stop-work orders, and permits for construction and occupancy.
- Evaluates premises for cleanliness, including garbage disposal and lack of vermin infestation.
- Maintains daily logs, inventory, and inspection and construction records and prepares reports.
- Inspects bridges, dams, highways, building, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewer, heating system, and foundation for conformance to specifications and codes.
- Measures dimensions and verifies level, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
- Reviews complaints, obtains evidence, and testifies in court that construction does not conform to code.
- Confers with owners, violators, and authorities to explain regulations and recommend alterations in construction or specifications.
- Records and notifies owners, violators, and authorities of violations of construction specifications and building codes.
- Approves and signs plans that meet required specifications.
- Computes estimates of work completed and approves payment for contractors.
- Reviews and interprets plans, blueprints, specifications, and construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements.
- Appraisers, Real Estate
- Exhibit Designers
- Fire Inspectors
- Fire Investigators
- Museum Technicians and Conservators
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Set Designers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Job-Required Social Interaction