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Become A Steel Inspector

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Working As A Steel Inspector

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $63,730

    Average Salary

What Does A Steel Inspector Do At Intertek

* Read construction documents to determine project details and specification
* Neatly and accurately complete all required paperwork, including daily reports, test reports and timesheets – in a timely manner
* Record and reports test results after performing mathematical calculations, making graphical solutions and graphical representations
* Communicate orally and in writing with engineers and staff members, agency representatives, contractors and business and property owners
* Perform maintenance/cleaning of equipment and calibration and adjustments as needed
* Adhere to construction site safety guidelines and promotes a safe working environment
* Inspection of construction operations
* Must be punctual and reliable with good attention to detail
* Intertek offers a salary and benefit package competitively placed within the local market.
* We promote a culture where motivated customer-oriented employees can flourish, experience professional fulfillment and reach their highest potential.
* Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability Insurance plans; 401(k) Plan with company match; Paid Time Off (vacation, sick, holiday); Flexible Spending Account (FSA); Employee Assistance Program (EAP); Tuition Reimbursement; and more.
* We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to veterans status or on the basis of disability.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
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How To Become A Steel Inspector

Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and considerable knowledge of construction trades. Inspectors typically learn on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.

Education

Most employers require inspectors to have at least a high school diploma, even for workers who have considerable related work experience.

Employers also seek candidates who have studied engineering or architecture or who have a certificate or an associate’s degree that includes courses in building inspection, home inspection, construction technology, and drafting. Many community colleges offer programs in building inspection technology. Courses in blueprint reading, vocational subjects, algebra, geometry, and writing are also useful. Courses in business management are helpful for those who plan to run their own inspection business.

A growing number of construction and building inspectors are entering the occupation with a bachelor’s degree, which can often substitute for related work experience.

Training

Training requirements vary by state, locality, and type of inspector. In general, construction and building inspectors receive much of their training on the job, although they must learn building codes and standards on their own. Working with an experienced inspector, they learn about inspection techniques; codes, ordinances, and regulations; contract specifications; and recordkeeping and reporting duties. Training also may include supervised onsite inspections.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Because inspectors must possess the right mix of technical knowledge, work experience, and education, employers prefer applicants who have both training and experience in a construction trade. For example, many inspectors have experience working as carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Many home inspectors combine knowledge of multiple specialties, so many of them enter the occupation having a combination of certifications and previous experience in various construction trades.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and local jurisdictions require construction and building inspectors to have a license or certification. Some states have individual licensing programs for construction and building inspectors. Others may require certification by associations such as the International Code Council, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Similarly, most states require home inspectors to follow defined trade practices or obtain a state-issued license or certification. Currently, 36 states have policies regulating the conduct of home inspectors; a few states are considering adding licensure or certification requirements for home inspectors.

Home inspector license or certification requirements vary by state but may require that inspectors do the following:

  • Achieve a specified level of education
  • Possess experience with inspections
  • Maintain liability insurance
  • Pass an exam

The exam is often based on the American Society of Home Inspectors and National Association of Home Inspectors certification exams. Most inspectors must renew their license periodically and take continuing education courses.

Inspectors must have a valid driver’s license because they must travel to inspection sites.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Inspectors must have good communication skills in order to explain any problems they find and to help people understand what is needed to fix the problems. In addition, they need to provide a written report of their findings.

Craft experience. Inspectors perform checks and inspections throughout the construction project. Experience in a related construction occupation provides inspectors with the necessary background to become certified.

Detail oriented. Inspectors must thoroughly examine many different construction activities, often at the same time. Therefore, they must pay close attention to detail so as to not overlook any items that need to be checked.

Mechanical knowledge. Inspectors use a variety of testing equipment as they check complex systems. In order to perform tests properly, they also must have detailed knowledge of how the systems operate.

Physical stamina. Inspectors are constantly on their feet and often must crawl through attics and other tight spaces. As a result, they should be somewhat physically fit.

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Steel Inspector Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    92.1%
  • Female

    5.3%
  • Unknown

    2.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.5%
  • Asian

    5.4%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    33.3%
  • German

    16.7%
  • Greek

    16.7%
  • Carrier

    16.7%
  • French

    16.7%
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Top Skills for A Steel Inspector

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Top Steel Inspector Skills

  1. AWS D11
  2. NDT
  3. Aisc
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed and evaluated NDT inspections in the disciplines of UT, VT, MT and PT.
  • Inspect Structural Steel for conformance with AISC, AWS D1.1, and other applicable codes and standards.
  • Performed magnetic particle and liquid penetrant testing on structural weldments.
  • Preform visual inspection of welds and high strength bolts.
  • Completed recommended training hours per ASNT-TC1A requirements for UT and MT level I and II.

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