Construction Inspection

School of Business and Technology

Dean: Mink Stavenga, DBA

Department Chair: Marie Vicario-Fisher, M.S., M.P.H.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 470K, (619) 482-6569

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Construction Inspection is the study of the design, fabrication, codes, inspection processes, and licensure governing the construction of structures, both residential and commercial. This program explores blueprint reading, site plans, cost estimation, construction materials, soil engineering, mechanical construction, inspection procedure, building codes, quality control management, and license laws for contractors.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the options for construction inspection majors. Most require a certificate achievement or an associate in science degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few of these may require a graduate-level degree: construction inspector, estimator, apprentice as a carpenter, electrician, plumber, mason, cement finisher, roofer, painter, licensed contractor, soil engineer, architect, project engineer, quality control manager, vocational teacher, and positions available in all professions of manufacturing, retail and wholesale, business, industry, and the military or government.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Construction Inspection 02880
Construction Management 02881
Certificates of Achievement
Construction Inspection 02882
Construction Management 02883

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

CI 10

BUILDING PLANS AND CONSTRUCTION DETAILS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes reading and interpretation of blueprints used in building construction; reviewing site-layout plans; architectural, mechanical, and electrical drawings. [D] (Formerly: MMT 296)

CI 20

INSPECTION OF MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces all aspects of mechanical construction. Includes underground and above ground plumbing, water, gas, and air pipes and finishing of plumbing systems. Emphasizes principles of heat and ventilation systems. [D]

CI 40

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the study of electrical inspection procedures as applied to residential and light commercial construction. Includes topics in electrical theory, electrical plan reading and symbols, and electrical system components. [D]

CI 50

LEGAL FACTORS OF CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Review of major elements of federal labor laws; mechanics' liens, liability of governmental employees and entities; insurance; contractors' license law; workmen's compensation; Social Security; state disability; unemployment insurance; building code enforcement and appeals; and prefabricated housing law. [D]

CI 60

BUILDING CODES I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a detailed study of the role of building inspectors. Emphasizes the proper interpretation of the International Building Code (IBC). [D]

CI 65

BUILDING CODES II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Continuation of CI 60. Presents an enforcement perspective and continues the interpretation and application of the International Building Code (IBC). (Students may repeat this course no more than twice in a six-year period.) [D

CI 70

INSPECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS AND STRUCTURAL INSPECTION

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the properties of lumber, roofing, wall finishes, flooring and covering, and glass and glazing finishes. Emphasizes structural plan reading and presents engineering principles for materials of construction. [D]

CI 80

SOILS ENGINEERING

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a study of the origin, formation, structure, and composition of soils as related to the inspection of soils for composition and support of structures. [D]

CI 90

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: Completion of one or more construction inspection college courses.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed for construction inspection managers, military construction quality control representatives, projects engineers/architects, and newcomers to the construction inspection community seeking employment careers in construction quality control management. [D]

CI 105

CALIFORNIA GREEN CODE AND SUSTAINABLE T ECHNOLOGIES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the proper interpretation of the CAL-Green Building Code and green building technologies. Provides inspectors, designers, and contractors with the latest code requirements and national standards to promote sustainable communities. Includes site planning and development, energy conservation, storm water pollution prevention, and basic sustainability concepts. [D] (Same as: SES 105)

CI 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of construction inspection of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]