NUMBER 2012-136



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission











Job Titles



Pay Schedule

and Range




Building Construction Inspector





Building Construction Inspector (Housing)




When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.


*Housing Authority salaries vary.  Contact the Human Resource Office of the Housing Authority where you are interested in working for specific information.




VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website www.scsc.state.pa.us; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.




Building Construction Inspectors perform a variety of technical duties related to the workmanship and materials associated with the construction, renovation, and alteration of state buildings and facilities.  The buildings are multi-story office buildings, hospitals, schools, dormitories, etc., and generally have large numbers of occupants and/or extensive floor space.  You will review contract drawings, specifications, inspection methods, and safety standards to conduct on-site visual inspections of building components such as materials, fixtures, foundations, steel frame-work, masonry, floors, ceilings, interiors, exteriors, roofing, etc., to ensure adherence to approved project construction plans.  You will prepare daily inspection reports and assist in determining solutions to problems encountered. 


Building Construction Inspectors (Housing) perform the same duties as those working for the State except that the buildings and projects involved are single and multi-family homes and high-rise apartment buildings under the jurisdiction of local Housing Authorities.




You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements. 


You may be required to travel extensively and occasionally stay overnight up to 4 nights a week.  Offers of employment will be made only if you are willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.


You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.


Minimum Requirements

Building Construction Inspector – Three years of progressively responsible experience as a carpenter, mason, bricklayer, roofer-tinsmith, or structural iron worker which included one year of experience in the inspection of building construction and equipment installation, and an associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology, or a closely related field; OR two years of progressively responsible experience in the inspection of commercial construction and/or major renovation work, which required reading or interpreting plans and specifications involving structures and equipment installation, and an associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology or a closely related field; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.


Building Construction Inspector (Housing) – Five years of responsible and varied experience in the building trades which includes at least one year of experience in the quality control inspection of materials and workmanship in the construction of various building structure components such as floors, walls, ceilings and roofs; or the quality control inspection of installation of building equipment and systems such as electrical, plumbing, heating or ventilation; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.


Necessary Special Requirements

For some Housing Authority jobs, a valid driver’s license is required.


Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.  Applicants for Building Construction Inspector (Housing) do not need to show a minimum level of education.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.






There are currently 40 filled Building Construction Inspectors employed by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.  The State jobs are currently located among 30 counties with no more than 1 or 2 jobs in any one county.  The jobs are located in the field and employees are subject to reassignment based on workload demands.  Reassignments can be made to any county construction worksites within a construction region, or to other sites. 


Appointments and promotions to job openings in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services may be filled from a regional list.  To be considered for employment in a specific region, indicate your availability for work in any county in that region in the appropriate space on your application.



Eastern Region - Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming



Central Region - Adams, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union, York



Western Region - Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland


Employment preference may be given to residents of the region where jobs are located.


Promotion preference may be given to employees who work in the regions where job openings occur.


Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, Bureau of Human Resources, Room 500, North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Telephone:  (717) 787-6679; Internetwww.dgs.state.pa.us; OR Pennsylvania Department of General Services Construction Regional Offices at:  Breinigsville – (610) 871-0233; Harrisburg – (717) 787-6984; Pittsburgh – (412) 820-0215.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the city or county Housing Authority where you are interested in working.  Telephone numbers can be found in local telephone directories under “Government Offices – County.”




The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 


You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:



Subject Area

Number of Questions



Reading Comprehension




Basic Math




Reading Construction Drawings




Construction Inspection




Construction Methods & Materials








The test will be held in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Civil Service Commission Offices, Monday through Friday.


The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896. 


If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.


If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.




Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.




Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application to:



State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569


Applications and further information can be obtained from:



State Civil Service Commission:




Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.


Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text


Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685




Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone


(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (215) 560-4367




Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone


(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (412) 565-2484








PA CareerLink offices




The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."