FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2007
New Building Inspection Program to be Offered
Last year, College of the Canyons introduced Land Surveying and Construction Management programs. The development of these programs was in response to the community's need for trained professionals necessary to keep up with growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. This year, the college is adding a building inspection program that will allow students to receive a certificate of achievement and prepare them to take building code certification exams typically required for employment.
"Building inspection has been identified by the Employment Development Department has one of the occupations having high employment potential," said Audrey Green, Dean of Program Development and Community Extension. "Both the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works have indicated a need for qualified individuals in this area. With the explosive growth in the Santa Clarita Valley, public agencies find themselves without an adequate number of building inspectors," adds Green.
Building inspectors are employed by government agencies, private companies, contractors and lending institutions. Inspectors must observe, evaluate, judge and enforce laws and regulations pertaining to building construction and must have a broad base of knowledge in all aspects of construction including plan reading, specification interpretation and legal requirements.
Building Inspection classes which will be offered include Construction 103: Blueprint Reading for Construction, Construction: 108: Introduction to Construction Inspection and Codes, Construction 109: California Building Code, California 120: California Mechanical Code, Construction 122: California Plumbing Code and Construction 124: California Electrical Code.
Classes begin in the Fall 2007 semester but consult the Summer and Fall schedule of classes for exact course offerings.