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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
    • Approve building plans that meet required specifications.
    • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
    • 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.
    • Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
    • Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
    • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
    • Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
    • Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.
    • Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition, or occupancy.
    • Conduct environmental hazard inspections to identify or quantify problems, such as asbestos, poor air quality, water contamination, or other environmental hazards.
    • Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
    • Evaluate premises for cleanliness, such as proper garbage disposal or lack of vermin infestation.
    • Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
    • Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
    • Estimate cost of completed work or of needed renovations or upgrades.
    • 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.
    • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 61850/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.74/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,160
    • Yearly Projected Openings 420

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Analytical Thinking

    Tools

    • Multimeters
    • Levels
    • Concrete or cement testing instruments
    • Circuit tester
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Compliance software
    • Accounting software

    Tags

    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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