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What is a a City Building Inspector - Mechanical job description?

Inspects mechanical and plumbing installations at residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures, in all stages of construction, alteration, and repair to assure compliance with applicable state and local regulations; enforces building and safety codes, laws, regulations, and standards.


Duties and Responsibilities:
•Reviews plans and specifications of projects to gain familiarity with the projects prior to inspection; performs field inspections to examine and evaluate the work performed and materials used.
•Inspects mechanical and plumbing installations and equipment, including plumbing, gas and heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC), at residential, commercial and industrial construction and building projects constructed, altered, repaired or demolished to assure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations; verifies quality of workmanship, quality of materials used, and compliance with plans, specifications, estimates and applicable codes and regulations; notes deficiencies and deviations from plans; refers serious problems and disagreements in interpretation to Chief Building Official.
•Interprets City mechanical and plumbing codes, and issues notices of violation; maintains communications with developers and builders on commercial and residential mechanical inspection projects; analyzes practices and recommends improvements; maintains, updates and assures the accuracy of inspection records, project documentation and project files.
•Provides customer service; answers questions and concerns related to codes and requirements for mechanical and plumbing installations and equipment; consults with contractors and homeowners concerning deficiencies with technical requirements; investigates citizen complaints against contractors, and coordinates effective resolution of conflicts and disagreements; interprets, applies and explains City codes and regulations.
•Responds to requests for information; provides technical information to City staff as authorized; provides assistance to the public within scope of authority.

Minimum Qualifications:
Equivalent to a High school diploma AND three years journeyman/foreman-level mechanical and plumbing installations experience. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City policy.

Valid class D driver’s license is required. New Mexico State Construction Industries Division (CID) Certification as a Mechanical/Plumbing Inspector is required within two months of hire; International Code Council (ICC) certification is preferred and may be required to obtain additional technical certifications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Methods, materials and equipment used in building projects; principles and practices of mechanical installations and equipment inspection; plumbing, gas and HVAC installation methods, materials and design standards; Federal, state and regional mechanical and plumbing codes; applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to mechanical and plumbing inspection and safety; occupational hazards and safety precautions in construction areas; principles of record keeping and records management; business and personal computers, and standard business software applications; City policies and procedures.
Skills in: Using independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; performing plumbing, gas and HVAC inspections for compliance with building and safety codes; reading, interpreting, understanding and applying mechanical and plumbing installation standards and procedures, applicable Federal rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures; detecting deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices; providing advice and consultation on plumbing, gas and HVAC installation methods and requirements; making arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately; reading and interpreting building plans, specifications, blueprints and comparing them with construction in progress; detecting faulty materials and workmanship, and suggesting appropriate remedies.
Ability to: Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms; establish and maintain effective working relations with employees, contractors and the general public.

Licenses and/or Certifications:
Valid class D driver’s license is required. State Construction Industries Division (CID) Certification as a Mechanical/Plumbing Inspector is required within two months of hire; International Code Council (ICC) certification is preferred and may be required to obtain additional technical certifications.

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