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Construction & Building Inspectors

Also called: Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Combination Building Inspector, Construction Inspector

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Civil Engineer Corps; Electrical Systems; LDO - Civil Engineer Corps; SC - Civil Engineer Corps; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • law and government


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Inspection Depot Home Guide System
  • Microsoft Word
Compliance software
  • Automated permit system software
  • NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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