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Construction and Building Inspectors - 47-4011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Building Code Administrator
  • Building Inspection Engineer
  • Building Inspector
  • Building Official
  • Combination Building Inspector
  • Construction Inspector
  • Construction Materials Testing Technician
  • Elevator Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Plumbing Inspector

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-4000 Other Construction and Related Workers
47-4010 Construction and Building Inspectors
47-4011.00 Construction and Building Inspectors

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
  • Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
  • Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition, or occupancy.
  • Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
  • Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
  • Sample and test air to identify gasses, such as bromine, ozone, or sulfur dioxide, or particulates, such as mold, dust, or allergens.
  • Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Authorize construction activities.
  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Estimate construction project costs.
  • Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
  • Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Monitor construction operations.
  • Record operational or environmental data.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Test air quality at work sites.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Train construction or extraction personnel.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Construction Inspector (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Senior Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • General Engineering Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Interior Electrician (Army - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • SC - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Seabee Technical Security Specialist (STSS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector
  • Field Tech Concrete/Masonry Insp
  • Field Tech Soil/Asphalt Inspect
  • Field Tech Steel/Weld/Fireprof Insp
  • Inspector, Building

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bridge Inspector
  • Building-Equipment Inspector
  • Code Inspector
  • Construction Checker
  • Construction Inspector
  • Gas Inspector
  • Inspector, Boiler
  • Inspector, Building
  • Inspector, Chief
  • Inspector, Electrical
  • Inspector, Elevators
  • Inspector, Heating and Refrigeration
  • Inspector, Plumbing
  • Line Inspector
  • Pipeline Construction Inspector
  • Plan Checker
  • Safety Inspector
  • Street-Openings Inspector