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Inspector/Plans Examiner

   
Job Id: 
21-061
Department: 
Community Development Department
Salary: 
$6,087 - $7,709/month
Job Description: 

 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, Full-Time          

SALARY RANGE: $6,087 - $7,709/month 

OPENS:   August 31, 2021

CLOSES: When Filled; 1st review Sep 14

 

BASIC FUNCTION:

Under the direction of the Building Official perform complex inspections of residential and commercial construction projects, installation methods, and materials to ensure compliance with city, state, and building codes, ordinances and regulations; examine construction drawings and specifications; provide information concerning building codes and requirements; approve, sign and maintain building inspection documents; conduct other inspections as directed by the Building Official; investigate public complaints to assure compliance with City building and related codes; perform technical review of construction plans, specifications and materials to determine compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical and related City, State and International building codes, ordinances and regulations and safety standards.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

Perform residential, commercial and industrial on-site inspections at various stages of construction, alteration and repair to assure compliance with City codes and ordinances, safety standards and State and national codes and regulations, including the International Building Code (IBC), plumbing, (UPC), mechanical (IMC), energy codes and regulations for barrier-free facilities.

Write detailed correction notices whenever code violations are discovered during inspections.

Conduct re-inspections to assure correction of noted violations; locate and resolve illegal construction; suspend work at construction sites if violations have not been corrected within allotted time lines; approve final construction prior to occupancy.

Inspect sites for grading, soil excavation and other proposed land modifications for compliance with approved site plan; inspect and monitor temporary erosion control measures on residential properties, monitor damage to city infrastructure from construction related activity in residential developments and take appropriate action to correct.

Interpret and explain ordinances, codes and regulations; communicate with fire, law enforcement, water and sewer and other community and governmental agencies.

Perform technical review of construction plans to determine and assure compliance with building, fire, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation, accessing and related City, State and national construction codes, ordinances and regulations.

Evaluate construction plans, specifications, soils reports and engineering calculations to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards; provide processing and request technical information from engineers, architects, developers and the public, related to code compliance.

Conduct technical code research, prepare reports and maintain records related to special projects as assigned.

Respond to public and contractor questions concerning application of building codes, construction issues and  the City’s administrative procedures. Answer questions by telephone, in person or in the field regarding construction, land use and development related regulations.

Perform permit specialist duties at front counter as required; answer public inquiries and review permit applications for completeness; route Plans and other documents to City departments for review and approval.

Maintain knowledge of changes in construction codes and code development improvements to technological, architectural and installation of building materials; review professional codebooks, technical journals and ordinances.

Investigate and resolve complaints concerning alleged violations of City ordinances such as unlawful cutting of trees; litter on property; unlawful grading and clearing; and, initiate required actions to remedy these situations.

Prepare and maintain a variety of records, reports and orders including inspection records, correction, Stop Work and Do Not Occupy notices.

Operate a variety of office equipment, including a personal computer and permit tracking system software, word processor, operate vehicles and use power and hand tools in order to perform assigned duties.

Perform related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures related to plans review, building inspection and code enforcement.
  • Design and engineering principles, techniques and practices.
  • Federal, State and local building, plumbing and mechanical codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Building tools and materials, accepted safety standards and modern methods of building construction, alteration and repair.
  • Methods, techniques, policies and procedures used in building inspection.
  • Plans examination and review procedures.
  • Report preparation and records maintenance procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • City organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Construction tools, equipment, materials, safety standards and modern methods of building construction, alteration and repair.
  • Operation of a computer and related permitting and engineering software.

ABILITY TO:

  • Perform complex and technical review of construction plans to determine and assure compliance with building, fire, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation, accessing and related City, State and International construction codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Perform a variety of inspections of construction sites, installation methods and materials to assure compliance with Federal, State and City codes and ordinances, State and national codes and regulations and safety standards.
  • Evaluate construction plans, specifications, soils reports and engineering calculations to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards.
  • Provide information concerning construction codes and requirements and investigate public complaints to assure compliance with City building and related codes.
  • Perform field inspections of buildings under construction or alternation.
  • Work and communicate effectively with the public, contractors, developers and co-workers, both orally and in writing.
  • Provide information and technical assistance to engineers, architects, developers and the public related to code enforcement.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain regulations, codes, plans, policies and procedures.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Prepare clear and concise correspondence and written materials.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal.

Notes:

(1) All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  However, some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of other employees.

(2) While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities, to perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

(3) This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed.  Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Any combination equivalent to: Experience as construction worker, job site superintended, two years college-level or trade school course work in construction technology, construction management, architecture, building inspection technology or related field; or, Experience as a building inspector or plans examiner.

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Incumbents must obtain ICC certifications for commercial or residential Building Inspector within 6 months in this classification and obtain second ICC certifications for Commercial Mechanical Inspector, or Uniform Plumbing Inspector or Building Plans Examiner within the first year in this classification; valid Washington State driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION

Current ICC certification as a residential or commercial Inspector, and residential or commercial Plans Examiner.

 

TO APPLY:

Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003, on our website at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2531.

 

The City of Federal Way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.