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Under general supervision or general direction, performs routine to complex inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial building sites at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair to enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and environmental codes, and other governing laws and ordinances, including basic zoning, grading, fire, and safety regulations; ensures conformance with approved plans, specifications, standards, permits, licensing, and safety standards; provides a variety of information to property owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors; and performs related duties, as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision (Building Inspector I) or general direction (Building Inspector II) from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.
Building Inspector I: This is the entry-level classification in the Building Inspector series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents with basic experience learn City systems, operations, practices, and procedures while performing the more routine building inspection work. Assignments at this level vary based upon the specific knowledge base and skillset related to the various aspects of building systems inspection and areas of assignment broaden as incumbents gain experience with the additional aspects of building inspection work. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the II-level but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.
Building Inspector II: This is the journey-level classification in the Building Inspector series. Incumbents work under general direction from assigned supervisory or managerial personnel and exercise a high level of discretion and independent judgment in performing the full range of routine to complex inspections. Work is normally reviewed upon completion and for overall results. This class is distinguished from that of Supervising Building Inspector in that the latter is the first level supervisor with responsibility to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of professional and technical building inspection personnel.
Positions in the Building Inspector class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the II-level are normally filled by advancement from the I-level after gaining the knowledge, skill, and experience which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class.
Essential and Marginal Duties
EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Performs field inspections of new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential properties at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair for conformance to codes, regulations, plans, specifications, standards, and architect and engineering drawings related to foundations, framing, electrical, mechanical, heating, plumbing, structure, finish, and a wide variety of other routine to complex building system elements; inspects a variety of structural member factors; examines grade, quality, and treatment of a variety of materials; performs final inspections.
Confers with legal, fire, public works, code enforcement, and other City staff regarding building, fire, life safety, zoning, and other code interpretations and applications.
Performs non-structural plan checking for completeness, accuracy, and code compliance for new construction, alterations, or remodeling of existing structures; ensures compliance with applicable codes and accepted engineering practices.
Reviews energy calculations to ensure compliance with State codes.
Performs grading inspections with an emphasis on drainable systems, compaction, subdrainage, and environmental protection.
Initiates minor field changes on contract projects not involving structural or architectural features.
Writes “stop work” notices for work being done without permits or in an unsafe manner.
Reviews plans and applications for building permits; issues building permits; makes final inspections and issues certificates of occupancy.
Investigates complaints regarding existing buildings or new construction to determine if code violations or problem conditions exist.
Reviews damaged buildings for safe occupancy after fires or other disasters and occurrences.
Consults with the Building Official and City legal staff regarding legal aspects of building inspection and other matters; attends code interpretation meetings.
Confers with and provides information to developers, engineers, architects, property owners, contractors, and others regarding code requirements and alternatives; attends pre-construction meetings; resolves complaints and problems.
Conducts follow-up inspections to ensure compliance; establishes and maintains accurate and complete case files; prepares documents and evidence for court proceedings and testifies in hearings and court proceedings, as necessary.
Represents the City in meetings with members of other public and private organizations, community groups, contractors, developers, and the public.
Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONSSome knowledge, skills, and abilities may be performed by positions at the entry (I) level in a learning capacity:
Principles, practices, methods, materials, techniques, and safety standards of building construction, building inspection, and structural design for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
Building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, life safety, energy, and related codes.
Concepts and practices of non-structural plan review.
Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures pertinent to the assigned area of responsibility.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in the area of building inspection and construction.
Safety equipment and practices related to the work, including safe driving rules and practices.
Mathematical principles including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
Record keeping principles and procedures.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination.
Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software packages) to conduct, compile, and/or generate documentation.
Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and departmental policies governing the construction and inspection of buildings.
Review, understand, interpret, and analyze construction blueprints, plans, specifications, architect and engineering drawings, and maps for conformance with City standards and policies.
Detect faulty materials and workmanship and determine the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied.
Coordinate with contractors, engineers, and property owners, as well as investigate building code violations and respond to inquiries and complaints in a fair, tactful, and timely manner.
Prepare clear, effective, and accurate reports, correspondence, change orders, specifications, and other written materials; maintain accurate and precise records.
Make accurate mathematic computations.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
Learn and understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Building Inspector I and II: Equivalent to graduation from the twelfth (12th) grade.
Building Inspector I: Four (4) years of journey-level experience in craft work in the building trades, or processing permit applications and enforcing various building and/or planning codes, or two (2) years reviewing plans for compliance with regulations and codes as a jurisdictional plan reviewer.
Building Inspector II: Three (3) years of experience equivalent to a Building Inspector I with the City of Tracy.
Licenses and Certifications:
Building Inspector I/II:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class C Driver’s License at the time of appointment.
May be required to complete National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training.
In addition to the above:
Building Inspector I:
Possession of a valid International Code Council (I.C.C.) Residential Building Inspector Certificate at within six (6) months of appointment.
Building Inspector II:
Possession of a valid International Code Council (I.C.C.) Commercial Building Inspector Certificate at the time of appointment.
Possession of a valid Division of the State Architect Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certificate is highly desirable.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to inspect various commercial and residential development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points; to attend meetings and to operate a motor vehicle; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and make inspections; color vision to identify materials, structures, wires, and pipes; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment and assistance from other staff.
Employees work partially in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions, and partially in the field and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
DISASTER SERVICE WORKER
All City of Tracy employees are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. The roles and responsibilities for Disaster Service Workers are authorized by the California Emergency Services Act and are defined in the California Labor Code. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee of the City may be assigned to perform activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property. Such assignments may require service at locations, times, and under conditions that are significantly different than the normal work assignments and may continue into the recovery phase of the emergency. If a “Local Emergency” is declared during the employee’s shift, employees will be expected to remain at work to respond to the emergency needs of the community. If a “Local Emergency” is declared outside of the employee’s shift, employees must make every effort to contact their direct supervisor or department head to obtain reporting instructions as Disaster Service Workers.
The City of Tracy provides a generous benefit package to employees in the Teamsters Unit. A summary of key benefits is listed below. More information can be found in the Benefit Summary (Download PDF reader) and in the Memorandum of Understanding (Download PDF reader)between the City of Tracy and General Teamsters Local No. 439, IBT.Health Benefits - Choice administered through Teamsters Benefit Trust - Kaiser or United Healthcare health insurance plans available after a 3 month waiting period with generous City contribution.Dental and Vision Plans - Choice of United Healthcare, Liberty Dental, or Delta Dental plans available (Delta Dental is available after completion of 12 months of eligibility in the Trust Fund in addition to a 3 month waiting period). VSP is available for Vision coverage.Life Insurance - Individual coverage of $30,000. Premium is fully paid by the City. Retirement Program - CalPERS (formula dependent on hire date and member status in CalPERS). Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation programs available (ICMA-RC & VALIC). The City participates in Social Security.Paid Leave and Holidays - General vacation accrues at the rate of 96 hours per year the first year and progresses up to 192 hours per year at 16 years of service. Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 96 hours per year with unlimited accrual. There are 13 paid holidays per year ( includes 2 floating holidays).Dependent Care and Medical Spending Accounts - (IRS Section 125): Available to eligible employees on a voluntary basis.Uniform Allowance - Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department: Provided and maintained by the City. Fire Inspector: Shirt provided, jacket provided as needed. Crime Scene Technician, Animal Services Officer, Crime Prevention Specialist, Community Service Officer, and Property/Evidence Technicians shall be paid an annual uniform allowance in the amount of $800 per year. Safety Boot Allowance: Limited reimbursement up to $190 per fiscal year.Additional Benefits - Employee Assistance Program, AFLAC, Tool Replacement, Employee Credit Union, Direct Deposit, and Tuition Reimbursement.