Certificate in Public Works Inspection

This certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level and promotional positions in the public works sector and heavy civil construction as well as general engineering type projects. Job opportunities include:

- public works inspector,

- public works maintenance worker,

- lead worker,

- and other supervisory positions.

Instruction in an overview of the inspector’s role and responsibilities; including Portland cement and asphaltic concrete, soils and trenching, base and subgrades, concrete footings, structural and reinforcing steel, Cal-OSHA requirements, inspection reporting, and recordkeeping is emphasized in the coursework.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Public Works Inspection Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Evaluate and analyze the various elements of a public works construction project for conformance to applicable project contract documents related to quality of work, safety and contract documentation.
Required courses:
MATH 150Intermediate Algebra5
PUB 150Introduction to Public Works3
PUB 155Public Works Construction Inspection3
PUB 161California Occupational Safety and Health3
Total Units14

MATH 150 is degree applicable with or without MATH 050. If taken with MATH 050, only the units for MATH 150 will be counted towards the degree.

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
PUB 150 Introduction to Public Works 3
MATH 150 Intermediate Algebra 5
Spring Term 1
PUB 161 California Occupational Safety and Health 3
Summer Term 1
PUB 155 Public Works Construction Inspection 3
 Total Units14

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.