Construction and Building Inspectors
On the Job
Construction and Building Inspectors inspect buildings using their engineering skills. They make sure buildings are structurally sound. They may look at a whole building or review a specific area, such as a building's electrical system.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
- Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
- Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
- Test air quality at work sites.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
- Record operational or environmental data.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Working in extremely bright or not enough lighting.
- Exposure to high places.
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