Construction Inspector

Building Code Administrator, Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector  

Construction inspectors are responsible for the daily inspection of capital construction projects, and are the transit system's representative on any project site, responsible for interpreting and enforcing the technical specifications in contract documents. The inspectors coordinate material testing and ensure that all work is performed in accordance with construction drawings, technical specifications, and special provisions.

Tasks include maintaining a log book, analyzing and interpreting contract documents, conducting materials tests, and preparing daily inspection reports. The inspectors work closely with construction managers and with all of the individuals working on a construction site, as well as with suppliers.

Inspectors must be prepared to work outdoors in inclement weather, and to work whenever construction is underway.

Construction inspectors need a background in maintenance or construction, and a basic understanding of construction quality assurance practices. Some inspectors are high school graduates with a National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification or have an associate's degree in engineering. Most have substantial experience in railway or transit maintenance, construction, and construction contracting. Some employers look for inspectors that have a bachelor of science or arts, or a master of arts in architecture.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
8% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $45,010 - $75,250    Hourly: $22 - $36

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

8% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $45,010 - $75,250

Hourly: $22 - $36