City inspector students gain knowledge regarding inspection laws and regulations and the fundamentals of structural, electrical, mechanical and soil guidelines and procedures. Regulations for training typically vary by state, but city inspectors gain a substantial portion of their training through on-the-job experience, in addition to degree coursework. By observing experienced supervisors, they learn how to put the tools and techniques studied in class into practice in tangible scenarios. Courses are available through certificate and diploma programs through associate and bachelor's degree programs.
Here are some of the core concepts common to many city inspector courses:
- Inspection code regulations
- Responsibilities of city level code inspectors
- Fieldwork inspection procedures
- Mechanical component identification
- Electrical wiring systems
- Principles of geology
List of Common Courses
Inspection Law Course
This introductory city inspector course provides a general overview of the federal, state and local regulations regarding building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire safety inspection codes. Students gain an understanding of the extent and coverage of inspection codes, as well as the responsibility and authority of inspection officials, particularly at the city level. Emphasis is placed primarily on the guidelines and ordinances of a student's specific local government.
Building and Structural Inspection Course
Here students are introduced to the fundamentals of inspection procedures for building construction and upkeep. Essential topics such as site layout and structural materials are discussed in detail. Students also learn to interpret inspection codes for a variety of different building designs present within most cities, including those constructed from wood, steel and concrete.
Mechanical Inspection Course
Having gained significant knowledge of basic structural inspection procedures, students progress to researching and identifying the proper guidelines for inspecting mechanical components, such as heating, cooling and ventilation. Emphasis is placed on understanding legal enforcement protocol, inspection techniques during fieldwork, current tools and technology.
Electrical Inspection Course
Students in this course acquire the knowledge and techniques to effectively provide electrical inspection services for residential, industrial and commercial buildings. The focus is typically on grasping electrical wiring setups and procedures and then implementing the appropriate legal standards to ensure safety and lawfulness.
Soil and Asphalt Inspection Course
This course focuses specifically on inspecting the use of asphalt and soil in development of buildings and city resources. Students learn about principles of geology, the utilization of soil within construction, materials involved with asphalt paving and the manner in which wall and ceiling design is affected by foundational characteristics.