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Senior Construction Inspector Duties and Responsibilities

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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 Inspector.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 workmanship.
  • 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 contractors.
  • Responds to request for information regarding construction projects.
  • 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 services.
  • 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 methods.
  • 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 specifications.
  • 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 related matters.
  • Skill in accurately annotate pertinent factual data relating to project inspection functions, and to prepare clear, concise reports.
  • 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 procedures.
  • 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 relationships
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication
  • Ability to communicate well at all levels of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

Eight (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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