CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Construction and Building Inspectors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Use survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, and test equipment, such as concrete strength measurers, to perform inspections.
Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, and foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety and conformance to specifications and codes.
Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, and construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, and specifications.
Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
Issue violation notices and stop-work orders, conferring with owners, violators, and authorities to explain regulations and recommend rectifications.
Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition and occupancy.
Approve and sign plans that meet required specifications.
Compute estimates of work completed or of needed renovations or upgrades, and approve payment for contractors.
Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, and appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
Examine lifting and conveying devices, such as elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, lifts and hoists, inclined railways, ski lifts, and amusement rides to ensure safety and proper functioning.
Train, direct and supervise other construction inspectors.
Evaluate premises for cleanliness, including proper garbage disposal and lack of vermin infestation.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Arc Second PocketCAD Computer aided design CAD software
Automated permit system software Compliance software
Calendar and scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
Email software Electronic mail software
Inspection Depot Home Guide System Word processing software
Internet browser software Internet browser software
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
Intuit Quicken software Accounting software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Mobile building inspection software Data base reporting software
Municipal geographic management software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
New construction inspection form software Word processing software
NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst Compliance software
OptaSoft Commercial Building Inspector Compliance software
Real estate and tax software Data base user interface and query software
Residential home inspection form software Word processing software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Trimble Digital Fieldbook Map creation software
Vision Software Procurement software
Word processing software Word processing software
10-key calculators Calculators or accessories
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air sampling devices Air samplers or collectors
Air sampling pumps Air sampling pumps
Air velocity and temperature meters Air velocity and temperature monitors
Airflow meters Air velocity and temperature monitors
Arc receptacle testers GFI circuit testers
Architects' scales Scales
Asphalt thermometers Surface thermometers
Automatic levels Levels
Axes Axes
Borescopes Borescope inspection equipment
Carbon monoxide detectors Single gas monitors
Chlorine meters Single gas monitors
Circuit analyzers Circuit tester
Clamp-on multimeters Clamp On Multimeter
Combustible gas detectors Gas detectors
Computerized data collectors Portable data input terminals
Concrete strength measurers Concrete or cement testing instruments
Concrete testers Concrete or cement testing instruments
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Continuity testers Circuit tester
Cordless drills Power drills
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Distance measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Drafting tools Drafting kits or sets
Electrical circuit testers Circuit tester
Electronic distance measuring equipment Distance meters
Electronic levels Levels
Engineering scales Scales
Force gauges Force or torque sensors
Gas leak detection devices Gas detectors
Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers GFI circuit testers
Ground resistance testers Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
Handheld thermometers Handheld thermometer
Hydrometers Hydrometers
Hygrometers Hygrometers
Infrared thermometer lasers Thermographs
Inspection mirrors Magnifiers
Insulation testers Insulation testers
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Laser fiches Microfiche or microfilm viewer components or accessories
Laser measuring devices Laser measuring systems
Laser printers Laser printers
Levels Levels
Light meters Lightmeters
Lock levels Levels
Magnetic locators Metal detectors
Manometers Manometers
Map wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Megohmeters Megohmmeters
Microwave leakage detectors Microwave leakage meters
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Multimeters Multimeters
Non-contact infrared thermometers Thermographs
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Optical levels Levels
Optical scanners Optical character recognition systems
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pocket personal computers PC Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Pounds per square inch PSI test gauges Pressure or vacuum recorders
Power analyzer dataloggers Power meters
Pressure gauges Pressure or vacuum recorders
Probe rods Electronic measuring probes
Programmable calculators Calculators or accessories
Radon detection devices Radon detectors
Refrigerant leak detectors Liquid leak detectors
Refrigeration thermometers Remote reading thermometers
Scanners Scanners
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Shovels Shovels
Spectrometers Spectrometers
Stud locators Stud finders
Surface thermometers Surface thermometers
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Tape measures Tape measures
Temperature/humidity testers Temperature humidity testers
Theodolites Theodolites
Torque meters Force or torque sensors
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Two way radios Two way radios
Ultrasonic leak detectors Liquid leak detectors
Ultrasonic thickness gauges Thickness measuring devices
Vibration meters Vibration testers
Video inspection cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Volt-ammeters Ammeters
Voltage testers Voltage or current meters
Water pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Water quality test kits Water samplers
Wearable mobile inspection computers Portable data input terminals
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
Alternate Job Title(s)
Amusement Ride Inspector
Architectural Examiner
Architectural Inspector
Associate Architect
Boiler Inspector
Boilers Inspector
Bridge Inspector
Building Code Administrator
Building Code Inspector
Building Engineering Inspector
Building Equipment Inspector
Building Inspection Engineer
Building Inspector
Building Mechanical Engineer
Building Official
Building Structural Engineer
Chief Inspector
Civil Engineer
Code Enforcement Administrator
Code Inspector
Combination Building Inspector
Commercial Inspector
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Coordinator
Compliance Manager
Compliance Officer
Construction Checker
Construction Code Administrator
Construction Inspector
Construction Materials Testing Technician
Construction Project Supervisor
Construction Technician
Dredging Inspector
Electrical Inspection Services Supervisor
Electrical Inspector
Elevator Inspector
Elevators Inspector
Engineering Inspector
Engineering Technician
Field Technician
Gas Inspector
Grade Checker
Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Inspector (HVACR Inspector)
Heating and Refrigeration Inspector
Highway Inspector
Home Inspector
Housing Inspector
Infrastructure Technician
Inspecting Engineer
Inspections and Permits Director
Line Inspector
Natural Gas Inspector
Paving Inspector
Permit Specialist
Pipeline Construction Inspector
Plan Checker
Plan Examiner
Plumbing Inspector
Pressure Vessel Inspector
Public Works Inspector
Real Estate Inspector
Residential Building Inspector
Road Inspector
Safety Inspector
Sidewalk Inspector
Street Inspector
Street Openings Inspector
Weight Inspector
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Construction Managment
Benchmark Title: Construction and Building Inspectors
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