Profession building inspector

Building inspectors perform inspections of buildings to determine compliance with specifications for various focuses of assessment. They observe and determine the suitability of construction, quality and resistance, and general compliance with regulations.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Quality assurance procedures

    The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Construction legal systems

    The different legal systems and regulations governing construction activities across Europe.

  • Architecture regulations

    The regulations, statutes, and legal agreements existing in the European Union in the field of architecture. 

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Urban planning law

    Investments and urban development agreements. Legislative developments regarding construction in terms of environmental, sustainability, social and financial matters.

  • Building codes

    The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.

  • Construction methods

    The various techniques and methods for erecting buildings and other constructions.

Skills

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Communicate problems to senior colleagues

    Communicate and give feedback to senior colleagues in the event of problems or non-conformities.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Check construction compliance

    Determine whether a construction complies with laws and regulations.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Inspect building systems

    Inspect buildings and building systems such as plumbing or electrical systems to confirm compliance with regulations and requirements.

  • Write inspection reports

    Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection's processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

Optional knowledge and skills

building materials industry monitor parameters' compliance in construction projects issue permits review construction projects manage construction archive topography energy performance of buildings surveying methods electricity surveying conduct land surveys advise architects conduct fire safety inspections fire safety regulations negotiate with stakeholders create solutions to problems inform on safety standards perform field research