Bridge Inspector

Ensure bridges and walkways are safe and structurally sound.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$32,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bridge Inspectors do?

Keeping bridges safe for travel is top priority for a Bridge Inspector. It’s a job worth doing, and doing well, because the routine inspections and daily tasks that Bridge Inspectors carry out may mean the difference between life and death.

Get out your fine-tooth comb and get to work! As Bridge Inspector, you scour and inspect every inch of a bridge, looking for damage or deterioration that may lead to its collapse. A bridge is made up of three parts – the deck, the superstructure, and the substructure. Each of these parts must be inspected annually to ensure the integrity of the bridge.

During your inspection, you also make note of any damage that is not an immediate threat to safety, but does need attention to prevent further damage. These repairs typically include cleaning, wood replacement, filling cracks in concrete, and painting. Typically, you’re not responsible for physically completing these maintenance tasks; you’re only responsible for recognizing the need for them.

Your analytical skills are put to the test as you rate each bridge based on its current state. The overall rating is used to determine the bridge’s safety according to federal regulations and restrictions. The pen is much mightier than the sword in this case. If you’re not comfortable with keeping the bridge open, then you can simply close it down for repairs.

Should I be a Bridge Inspector?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Boiler

    How to become a Bridge Inspector

    Most Bridge Inspectors have a Doctorate or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:zkp9au&chl=no+college+%2816%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2839%25%29||doctorate+%2813%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,16,39
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