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Inspector jobs

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum' started by Tkosinski2, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Tkosinski2

    Tkosinski2 Registered User

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    I use the icc website for cali jobs. Applied for a bunch of them, nothing yet. If you pass an icc test do you automatically get membership?
     
  2. cda

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    Membership to icc??
     
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    Tkosinski2 Registered User

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    to your local inspector council you were talking about
     
  4. cda

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    I am thinking no, but most do not charge much, and some you can attend the meetings free
     
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    Personality and how you will "fit" into the existing organization is more important to me than the number of certs or the amount of experience you have.
    I can and will train anybody who wants to learn. I can not train personalities.

    The more you show your willingness to learn on your own that speak volumes to most of us.
    Are you willing to relocate. A smaller jurisdiction might be a better start
     
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    I would say that all of your life experience applies not just the certs and I am in agreement with mtlogcabin. Most of the people on here either spent time in the construction fields and then transitioned to the inspector role. Some came from the design side to the inspection field. If you want to eventually get to the inspection career I would try to work for the best construction company you can and then be their best performer.
    As has been stated this field has its special times when either politics get involved or clients relations are such that it can be a pain. For the most part it is a good career. The larger departments allows for specialty inspection categories, the smaller require real broad detailed knowledge in many disciplines. To do this well you will have to get it into your brain that you must press yourself to learn all the time. The codes have lots of nuances that you have to untangle then you get to the field where you need to know what you are looking at. I would bet that all of us could tell you stories of our past ignorance but we somehow get past it by becoming better. That's why most of us are paying to be here on this forum - to learn what we don't know and find out what others think is the real interpretation. We also have a little bit of fun too.

    Besides the code books and cert studying you are doing I would suggest reading a book called "what color is your parachute". It gives advise on resumes, job application and the scary odds, the resume weeding, the interview process etc. It is updated I think yearly to reflect today's career paths. I read it probably 30 years ago and it left an impression on me. I can tell you that after I polished my resume it did change my outcomes in terms of getting job offers. Today's digital environment has changed the game but me thinks taking a resume by hand and leaving your foot in the door so it can't close may still work.

    Good luck
     
  7. Tkosinski2

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    It sounds like some of you are already inspectors and feel that it is a great career and rewarding as well as challenging. This is exactly what I'm looking for in my career. Could my youth also be a down side when I'm being interviewed?
     
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    I work with 150 other inspectors. Like any other job, some are good at it and some shouldn't be doing it. The emphasis is on customer service rather than competent inspections. In another five years inspectors will not need correction notices. That will be a boon for the construction industry and there will be no turning back. Of course this is Southern California which is a world all to it's own.
     
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    Was wondering where the California people were?


    Come on offer him an interview,, Better a job!!!
     
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    I'm with cda! Lol I'm a likable person and knowledgeable too!
     
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    Could anyone recommend an inspection company in or around the Los Angeles area that might be willing to give someone training and a chance?
     
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    JAS Pacific
    G-Crew
    Wildan

    I don't know what their policy is on training but they are active in Socal.
     
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    @ICE I appreciate it. Thank you for the recommendation.
     
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    Can anyone help me find where the inspectors of Southern California meet? I'd like to make my presence known like you all have suggested but not sure where to start
     
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    I am in the south bay area and we sometimes need a part time inspector PM me
     
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    So here is my two cents worth. I graduated with a Associates degree in building inspection, the problem was I had no real construction experience, I got 8 certifications behind me but my lack of experience stopped me dead. I ended up getting hired by a 'special testing' firm, they sample and tested concrete as well as verified that the stuff being poured was the proper design mix. Read plans for epoxy anchors, checked plans and did inspections for masonry, welding, etc. Lots of things that the typical inspector doesn't have time for as well as they don't go and get the certifications for. That job lasted 3 years until the recession hit, but my experience and certs got me my present job with an airport. Bottom line, look a little outside the box. I would think your best bet is to get your mechanical cert and seek out mechanical inspector jobs. Some private firms also hire mechanical inspectors, since you've worked in HVAC you have a good idea of what you are looking at/for - good luck.
     
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    Two cents more - do code compliance, it's a chance to get your foot in the door and gain experience. Seriously consider moving and check out the employment section of this board; I'll keep my eye peeled for entry level jobs.

    There is a company busy in so cal, here is the link, they are presently looking for (among other positions) a permit tech - again it's a foot in the door.
    http://www.californiacodecheck.com/careers/
     

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