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This department is in the division of Applied Technology, Transportation & Culinary Arts.

The curriculum includes structural, mechanical, and technical aspects of construction; building, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning codes; and related laws. International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), International Code Councils (ICC), and California Code exams and licenses are covered to prepare students for employments in residential, commercial, and code enforcement.

Construction and building inspectors ensure that new construction, changes, or repairs comply with local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Construction and building inspectors examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures. They also inspect electrical; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R); and plumbing systems.

Although no two inspections are alike, inspectors do an initial check during the first phase of construction and follow-up inspections throughout the construction project. When the project is finished, they do a final, comprehensive inspection. Inspectors work alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.

Concern for public safety and a desire to improve the quality of construction are expected to spur employment growth in the field.