Building Inspector I, Building Inspector II, or Plans Examiner

Development Services

Salary
See Below
Benefits
Full City Benefits Package

Job Description

Salary Range:  I = 43 ($42,708 to $53,385)

                       II = 49 ($49,528 to $61,910)

          Examiner = 51 ($52,035 to $65,044)

 

Position Summary – Building Inspector I or II

Inspects residential and/or commercial construction activities, individual property sites, and business activity uses for the City of St. George.  Inspects buildings and properties in the city for adherence to one or more city building, housing, or zoning codes.

 

Position Summary – Plans Examiner

Performs complex technical duties for the City of St. George in the enforcement of construction through the review and approval of construction documents and blueprints to ensure public safety and health.

 

Essential Functions – Building Inspector I or II (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1.      Inspects residential and/or commercial buildings or structures for adherence to structural safety, fire safety, building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, zoning, and related codes, regulations, or requirements, including site development and floodplain regulations.  On request of fire or utility departments, may inspect for damaged systems or structures to ensure safety for occupants.

2.      Examines plans, blueprints, and specifications for new construction and remodel work to gain understanding of specific job requirements.  Calculates ability of material or equipment used in construction to carry imposed loads and meet code requirements, interprets engineered truss sheets, and utilizes computer to determine stress and loading on beams and structural members.  Interprets pertaining code for contractors and the public.

3.      Inspects private residential and/or commercial sites in city to assure compliance with housing laws and specific engineering criteria.  Receives complaints concerning zoning and housing violations and checks to determine if such violations exist.  Notifies parties not complying with law and explains changes required, including correspondence with persons previously contacted concerning violations.  Develops written evidence for possible legal action.  Files complaints against violators who do not comply after proper notification and maintains file of written and photographic documentation on each case.  When necessary, testifies in court.

4.      Interprets building, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical code for contractors and the public.  Recommends alterations for compliance with code, and mitigates code disputes between builders and owners.

5.       Issues correction notices, violation red tags, and stop work orders for work being   done contrary to code provisions or approved plans.

6.       Performs other related duties as required.

 

Essential Functions – Plans Examiner (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1.      Reviews and approves all building plans for construction within the city to ensure compliance with plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and general building codes.

2.      Reviews building plans with inspectors to familiarize inspectors with specific projects.

3.      Reviews and approves specifications and structural calculations for building plans.

4.      May, on request of Fire or Utility Departments, inspect for damaged systems or structures to ensure safety for occupants.

5.      Answers questions of other city departments regarding building codes.

6.      Reviews contractor and homeowner problems and provides solutions where appropriate.

7.      Reviews and approves changes to plans.

8.      Inspects buildings under construction for compliance with appropriate codes.

9.      Reviews and approves buildings for compliance with the model energy code.

10.    Writes reports and memos and keeps records using applicable software programs.

11.     Provides training for Building Inspectors.

12.     Performs other related duties as required.

 



Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions – Building Inspector I or II

Physical discomfort when on construction or building inspections.  Exposure to heat, dust, noise, and power equipment.  Must be able to climb on top of and underneath manufactured housing to inspect bolting, setup, and utility connections.   Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior.

 

Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions – Plans Examiner

 

Great mental effort is required daily.  Moderate mental pressure and fatigue exist during a normal workday due to constant exposure to deadlines, interpersonal contacts, impacts of decisions and code interpretations, and attention to detail in reading plans.  Frequent overtime.  Exposure to construction site hazards.

 

 


Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications – Building Inspector I or II

 

Education and Experience: Five (5) years education related to building construction or full time experience working in construction industry in variety of construction phases or code enforcement.  Education and experience are exchangeable on a year-for-year basis but must include journey level equivalence in one or more crafts involved in performance of above duties.  Experience as a general contractor, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or subcontractor and working knowledge of city building and zoning codes, site development, and flood hazard ordinances preferred.

 

Licenses and/or Certifications:

Building Inspector I

•         Residential certification from ICC in the following:  Building Inspection, Electrical Inspection, Plumbing Inspection and Mechanical Inspection.  All certifications and state licensing must be kept current.  Failure to do so may result in loss of position.

•         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

Building Inspector II

•         Residential certification from ICC in the following:  Building Inspection, Electrical Inspection, Plumbing Inspection and Mechanical Inspection.  All certifications and state licensing must be kept current.  Failure to do so may result in loss of position.

•         Commercial certification from ICC in the following: Building Inspection, Electrical Inspection, Plumbing Inspection and Mechanical Inspection.  All certifications and state licensing must be kept current.  Failure to do so may result in loss of position.

•         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

 

Qualifications – Plans Examiner

Education: One (1) year of college in construction trades, drafting, construction management, or related field.  May substitute an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Minimum of four (4) years full time related work experience.  May substitute     an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

•        Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

•         Certification from ICC as Building Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, and Plans Examiner.

•         Licensed as a Combination Inspector by the State of Utah.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Building Inspector I or II

Knowledge of:

•         International Building Codes and City Zoning Code, including the areas of plumbing, mechanical, electrical (ANSI.117.1), and general construction.

•         All types of building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems to include familiarity with conventional methods and materials used, including ability to read and understand blueprints and plans.

•         Principles of construction.

•         Basic planning and zoning principles.

•         Correct English usage, spelling, and grammar.

Skills:

•         Well developed sense of strategy and timing.

•         Math as it pertains to calculation of loads, spans, capacities, areas, etc.

Ability to:

•         Professionally furnish and obtain information from other departments.

•         Deal with constant contact with the public presenting data that may influence important decisions.

•         Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

•         Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, subordinates, the public, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Plans Examiner

Knowledge of:

•         ICC Building Codes, including the areas of plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and general construction.

•         All types of building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems to include familiarity with conventional methods and materials used.

•         Principles of construction.

•         Basic planning and zoning principles.

•         Correct English usage, spelling, and grammar.

Skills:

•         Well-developed sense of strategy and timing.

•         Math as it pertains to calculation of loads, spans, capacities, areas, etc.

Ability to:

•         Read and understand blueprints and plans.

•         Professionally furnish and obtain information from other departments.

•         Deal with constant contact with the public presenting data that may influence important decisions.

•         Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

•          Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, subordinates, the public, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.


Other Information

To Apply:  Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at jobs.sgcity.org. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Position is open until filled.  Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.