I work in a company that provides expert help for contruction projects. We don't do the actual construction work but we design, supervise and manage it. The department I work in specialises in renovation projects related to structural problems such as moisture and mold related problems and indoor air quality issues. My job is to figure out solutions for those kinds of problems that occur in all kinds of buildings - from residential and office buildings to churches and football stadiums.
My work day starts when I go to the office, usually around 8 am. I might have a meeting with a client in a building they experience problems in. The problem might be that there has been a water leakage several months ago due to which the walls and floors have gotten wet in some part of the building, and now they have started experiencing indoor air problems and need to know what should be done. I evaluate the situation at site and determine what kind of investigation we need to do in order to be able to provide a solution for the problem. I go to the office, make a cost evaluation, schedule the investigations, structural design work and collect a team to do it. The investigations often include on-field moisture measurements, microbial studies, structural inspections and going through the drawings and renovation history of the building.
The problems that people face in buildings are often multi-dimensional, difficult to locate and require expert knowledge on structures as well as common sense. I like it that most of my work is problems-solving. I also like that each problem and each day is different.
The investigations we do in buildings are sometimes physically demanding. We have to carry a lot of heavy devices when we are doing measurements. We need to climb on roofs as well as crawl in small spaces in order to see all parts of the building.
Be open-minded and try to see problems from different points-of-view. Be able to absorb new information fast.
You can't repair buildings from the office, you need to be where the problems are in order to work the solutions. I spend pretty much half of my work time on-site. That was kind of different from what I expected.