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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 634
Number of Jobs in 2020: 676
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 6.6
Annual Openings: 23
Entry Wage: $13.17
Median Wage: $18.80
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, or foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety, or conformance to specifications and codes.
- Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
- Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
- Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
- Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
- Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
- Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
- Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
- Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
- Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
- Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
- Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.
- Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition, or occupancy.
- Approve building plans that meet required specifications.
- Conduct environmental hazard inspections to identify or quantify problems such as asbestos, poor air quality, water contamination, or other environmental hazards.
- Examine lifting or conveying devices, such as elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, hoists, inclined railways, ski lifts, or amusement rides to ensure safety and proper functioning.
- Sample and test air to identify gasses, such as bromine, ozone, or sulfur dioxide, or particulates, such as mold, dust, or allergens.
- Estimate cost of completed work or of needed renovations or upgrades.
- Evaluate premises for cleanliness, such as proper garbage disposal or lack of vermin infestation.
Indivduals currently working as Construction and Building Inspectors can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Energy Auditors*
- Fire Inspectors
- Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
- Agricultural Inspectors
- Environmental Engineering Technicians
- Traffic Technicians
- Fire Investigators
- Freight and Cargo Inspectors
- Soil and Water Conservationists
- Airfield Operations Specialists
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013