Construction and Building Inspector  What They Do

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Construction and Building Inspectors Career Video

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dotBuilding inspectors inspect the general safety and structural quality of buildings. They ensure that all the wiring, plumbing and sanitation is up to code.

Fire safety is another primary concern for building inspectors. They make sure all sprinklers, fire alarms, smoke detectors and other fire alert devices are working properly. They also make sure there are fire doors and exits.

dotEven before work begins at a construction site, inspectors get involved. They review drawings and specifications for repairs of existing buildings, as well as new project blueprints.

As each building phase is completed, inspections are necessary before additional work may progress. When a project is finished, a comprehensive inspection is required. If approved, a certificate of occupancy is issued.

dotMany building inspectors work in local government, primarily with municipal or regional building departments. Some engineering and architectural firms also hire inspectors. Large corporations and small companies may have them on staff as well.

dotBuilding inspectors generally work 40 hours a week, but this can vary. They work indoors and outdoors, or out of a field office at a construction site.

"A building inspector must be physically fit to climb ladders, fit into concealed spaces and...crawl spaces," says inspector Rick Fraser. "They must also be agile enough to move about a construction site without safety measures in place, or in vacant, unsafe buildings."

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At a Glance

Inspect buildings to ensure they meet safety codes

  • You should be physically fit
  • Many building inspectors work in local government
  • Education: construction technology, blueprint reading and related courses