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Construction and building inspectors ensure that new construction, changes, or repairs comply with local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
Duties: Construction and building inspectors typically do the following:
Construction and building inspectors examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures. They also inspect electrical; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR); and plumbing systems. Although no two inspections are alike, inspectors do an initial check during the first phase of construction and follow-up inspections throughout the construction project. When the project is finished, they do a final, comprehensive inspection.
- Review and approve plans that meet building codes, local ordinances, and zoning regulations
- Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure overall compliance
- Use survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections
- Monitor installation of plumbing, electrical, and other systems to ensure that the building meets codes
- Verify level, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure building compliance
- Issue violation notices and stop-work orders until building is compliant
- Keep daily logs, including photographs taken during inspection