Senior Construction Inspector Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Inspects commercial buildings and related systems to ensure
compliance with applicable building codes, and compliance with
contract documents, and specifications. The incumbents may exercise
limited supervision over Construction Inspectors. This
classification typically reports to the Chief Construction
the second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished
from the Construction Inspector by the performance of the full range
of duties as assigned, including skilled building inspections,
authority and uses required higher levels of technical, education
and training. Inspectors at this level receive only occasional
instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and
are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work
unit. Employees in this class are expected to work independently,
exercising judgment and initiative.
Examples of Duties:
- Inspects a full range of construction projects and
construction progress which may include ensuring procedures and
materials comply with specifications; observes work in progress
to assure conformance with requirements, and acceptable
- Checks plans for compliance with code requirements and
discrepancies before and after issuance of permits.
- Inspects existing building for change of use or occupancy
for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
- Inspects damaged or dilapidated building for safety; conduct
inspection on fire damaged buildings; determined extent of
damage, safety factors and necessary permits required for
building; prepare and file report.
- Inspects foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, wood
construction, framing, plastering and a large variety of other
complex and routing building system elements.
- Prepares reports, document inspections, issues notices or
letters, photograph property conditions and maintain required
records. Use computer database for reporting and record keeping.
- Coordinates the construction of projects with city projects
with utilities, other departments, contractors and sub
- Responds to request for information regarding construction
- Takes samples for various materials tests and calls for
materials testing as required.
- Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations,
decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work
cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer
- Reviews contract plans and specifications for compliance
with appropriate building codes and project requirements.
- Prepares reports.
- Reviews existing mechanical systems for safety requirements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of building construction, civil engineering
principles, practices and techniques and the standard
specifications used in construction projects, materials and
- Knowledge of all applicable building codes and of
electrical, plumbing, mechanical and related codes.
- Knowledge of engineering terminology.
- Knowledge of construction safety requirements and practices.
- Skill in reading and interpreting plans and specifications
to compare them with construction in progress.
- Skill in detecting discrepancies in plans, materials, and
construction methods and processes, and in implementing
appropriate corrective actions.
- Skill in planning and scheduling inspections activities to
accommodate emergency or changing situations and the needs of
property owners and contractors.
- Skill in interpreting engineering drawings and
- Skill in keeping accurate records and notes.
- Skill in use of graphic instruction such as blueprints,
layouts, or other visual aids.
- Skill in investigating complaints, explain requirements and
participate in the resolution of problems involving design,
interpretation of plans and specifications, unsafe working
conditions, schedules, methods, materials and other project
- Skill in accurately annotate pertinent factual data relating
to project inspection functions, and to prepare clear, concise
- Skill in performing mathematical calculations requiring the
application of fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions,
logarithms, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
- Skill in reading and interpreting engineering drawings and
specifications for construction control purposes.
- Skill in making decisions in accordance with construction
plans and specifications, and University policies and
- Skill in observing and monitoring objects to determine
compliance with prescribed specifications or safety standards.
- Skill in performing tasks which require climbing, balancing,
stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, visual acuity near and
far, depth perception and color vision.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working
- Skill in both verbal and written communication
- Ability to communicate well at all levels of the
(8) years of experience in commercial construction, which includes
two (2) years of experience as an inspector; OR, Any equivalent
combination of education and/or experience from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved; AND, Two (2)
Certifications by the International Code Council (ICC/ICBO), e.g.
Building Inspector, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, Mechanical Code,
Plans Review; AND, Ability to obtain one (1) additional ICC/ICBO
certification within five (5) months of hire and maintain throughout
employment, to equal a minimum of three (3) certifications, one of
which must be a Building Inspector certification.
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