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Sr. Building Inspector (Building Trade, 00005730)

at Guilford County Schools

Pay: $60000 to $70179/year
$60000 - $70179
Posted: 9/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2581314

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


New Expected Hiring Range: $60,000-$70,719

General Statement of Duties

Performs inspection work to secure compliance with building codes. Works under the direction and supervision of a Chief Building Inspector.

Distinguishing Features of The Class

An employee in this class specializes in performing building, electrical, plumbing, and/or mechanical, and heating inspections. Work involves inspecting residential and commercial construction, renovations, additions, mobile homes and existing buildings to certify that work – electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, and associated materials and methods are in compliance with applicable codes. The employee has the responsibility for securing compliance with regulations when violations are found. Considerable tact, courtesy and firmness are required as the employee works independently in the field and has constant contact with contractors, property owners and the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Chief Building Inspector and is reviewed for proper interpretation and enforcement of applicable laws and code requirements. This class is distinguished from the Building Inspector by the responsibility for performing inspections both in the area of specialization and one other inspection area, and may complete complex plans review work, and may assist the Chief Building Inspector in any administrative and/or management capacity. In the absence of the Chief Building Inspector, some Senior Building Inspectors must assume all duties, responsibilities, and regulatory authority.

Examples of Duties

Essential Duties and Tasks

• Inspects various phases of building construction including footings, structural framing, design, materials, detail arrangement and workmanship to determine compliance with building and land use law.
• Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with building, electrical, and/or plumbing and heating laws and codes.
• Assists and advises contractors, builders, plumbers, electricians and/or others regarding pertinent codes and regulations; provides information to the public concerning existing codes and regulations.
• Discusses sub-standard conditions found with the owner, builder, and/or sub-contractor and explains the importance of adjusting the conditions voluntarily; conducts follow-up inspections and notes changes made; recommends formal actions for non-compliance when necessary.
• Maintains records of inspections and prepares related reports.
• Performs work during emergency/disaster situations.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Considerable knowledge of modern building construction practices, methods, and materials and of the stages of construction where possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected.
• Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local codes and regulations pertaining to building, electrical, and plumbing and heating inspections and to the employee's level of certification in each area.
• Ability to detect and locate defective workmanship in electrical and plumbing and heating systems and in building construction.
• Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to compare them with work while in progress.
• Ability to express code requirements clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
• Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with contractors, property owners and the general public.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from high school or GED equivalency and five years of experience in the building trade, including at least five years of inspections experience. Must possess a Level III State Inspection Certificate in the building trade area.

Special Requirements
Possession of a Level III State Inspection Certificate in the specified building trades area(s). Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver License.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.  Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Working Conditions

Work is both sedentary (typical of an office environment) and non-sedentary which includes activities of walking, standing, climbing, and moving about over uneven terrain at construction sites.

Special Note

This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.