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

Inspection Technology

The Inspection Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the building inspection field.


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.



This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in construction inspection, examining the construction, alteration, or repair of buildings and other structures to ensure compliance with building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.
INSPEC 010B Fundamentals of Construction Inspection I: Soils 3
INSPEC 011B Fundamentals of Construction Inspection II: Concrete and Asphalt 3
INSPEC 012 Fundamentals of Construction Inspection: Wood, Steel, Masonry 3
INSPEC 013 Advanced Construction Inspection: International Building Code (IBC) 3
INSPEC 014C Advanced Construction Inspection: National Electrical Code 3
INSPEC 015 Advanced Construction Inspection: Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) 3
INSPEC 016 Advanced Construction Inspection: Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) 3
INSPEC 017 California State Energy Regulations for Residential Buildings 3
INSPEC 018 California State Energy Regulations for Non-residential Buildings 3
INSPEC 024C Community Relations for Civil Service Employees 3
INSPEC 025D Building Inspection for Civil Service Employees: Communication and Enforcement 3
INSPEC 026 Non-Structural Plan Review 3
Total Units 36

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