A program that prepares individuals to apply industrial, labor, and governmental standards and laws to the oversight of construction projects and the maintenance of completed buildings and other structures.
Includes instruction in construction processes and techniques, materials analysis, occupational safety and health, industry standards, building codes and specifications, blueprint interpretation, testing equipment and procedures, communication skills, accident investigation, and documentation.
Search for schools that offer studies in Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector (use the College Search feature and enter "home inspection” or “building inspection” or “construction inspection” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Studies?
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to enter the occupation. Some employers may seek candidates who have studied engineering or architecture or who have a certificate or an associate degree that includes courses in building inspection, home inspection, construction technology, and drafting. Many community colleges offer programs in building inspection technology. Courses in business management are helpful for those who plan to run their own inspection business.
As well, previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for the various occupations of this sub-sector. For example, it is expected that an electrician complete three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job of electrical inspector.
Public interest in safety and the desire to improve the quality of construction should continue to create demand for inspectors. Certified construction and building inspectors who can perform a variety of inspections should have the best job advancement opportunities.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Studies
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
Publications/Magazines Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Studies