Building inspectors inspect the general safety and structural quality of
buildings. They ensure that all the wiring, plumbing and sanitation is up
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.
Even 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.
Many 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.
Building 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
"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."