Building Inspector

About the Job

Building inspectors ensure that all buildings and construction sites meet local and national building codes. They also ensure that all zoning regulations are followed and contract specifications met. They may inspect any combination of highways, buildings, water systems, dams, and bridges, among a host of other structures, as well as heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems.

What You’ll Do

Building inspectors review building documents to make sure that the plans and specifications meet all code requirements. Once their review is complete, they issue an approval so that construction may commence. Over the course of the project, they periodically inspect the site to make sure the work is up to code. Using a variety of meters and testing equipment, they inspect plumbing, electrical, and other systems, as well as verify that buildings are level and at the correct elevation. If inspectors detect a problem, then they issue a violation or stop-work order until the problem is resolved. Daily logs of individual sites are kept so that progress and problems can be tracked for the duration of each project. Inspectors also provide written feedback of their findings once projects have been completed. 

Qualities and Skills Needed

Communication skills 

Craft experience 

Mechanical knowledge 

Physical stamina 

 

Education Required

No matter how much work experience an aspiring building inspector has, a high-school diploma is required to obtain the position. Many certifications and degrees for building inspectors that can be helpful when applying for jobs, in addition to coursework in building inspection, home inspection, construction technology, and drafting.

 Building Inspectors have to be able to understand all aspects of construction; therefore, the best inspectors have held a variety of jobs in the industry. Employers tend to hire candidates with both training and experience in construction.

 In the United States, most states require inspectors to be licensed, which can be achieved by passing an examination and having a certain amount of experience.

Wages

The average starting salary is $40,937. With experience, they can possibly earn up to or over $64,277.

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