Entry-level positions for concrete inspector can be obtained with an associate's degree. However, with advancement opportunities available within the industry, students are encouraged to seek a bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology or construction engineering technology to better their chances for employment.
10 Concrete Inspector Schools
The following is a list of 10 schools that offer programs for aspiring concrete inspectors. Tuition is based upon the 2015-2016 school year:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition*|
|New York City College of Technology||Brooklyn, NY||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $7,120, in-state
|Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga, TN||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,063, in-state
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, AK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $9,544, in-state
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $14,184, in-state
|Nashville State Community College||Nashville, TN||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,191, in-state
|Iowa Lakes Community College||Esterville, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $6,460, in-state
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $15,094, in-state
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,284, in-state
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,436, in-district
|Hawkeye Community College||Waterloo, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,311, in-state
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
A number of community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges offer associate's and bachelor's degrees suitable for aspiring concrete inspectors. Students should consider the following when selecting a school:
- While an associate's degree is enough for an entry-level position in concrete inspection, students should locate a school that offers a bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology or construction engineering technology if they want to advance in their career.
- Students should consider schools that offer preparatory courses for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) certification, which is required by many employers.
- Students will benefit from schools that offer lab accessibility in that they'll gain hands-on experience and will become familiar with inspection materials used in the field.
- Schools that offer specialized training and internships can provide students an opportunity to hone their skills in management, lab inspection or computer-based inspection, depending on career goals.
Associate of Science in Construction Engineering Technology
Graduates of an associate's degree program in construction engineering are prepared to sit for the ACI certification exam and find an entry-level or assistant position in concrete inspection. Students learn about construction methods and materials, structural design and soil mechanics.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
In addition to preparing students for the ACI certification, a bachelor's degree program introduces students to more advanced engineering concepts and lab work. Students should have aptitude in math and science, since the program requires them to take physics and calculus.
Since there is a variety of schools offering civil engineering technology and construction engineering technology programs, students would do well to consider what they hope to achieve with their degree. The availability of lab space and an opportunity to secure an internship through the school's program will also contribute to helping a student select the school that best suits their needs.