Design & Construction Job Descriptions & Questions
What is a Construction Inspector job description?
Inspects 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:
* Inspects residential, commercial and industrial construction and building projects constructed, altered, repaired or demolished to assure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations; reviews plans and specifications of projects to gain familiarity with the projects prior to inspection;
* Performs field inspections to evaluate the work performed and materials used; 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 codes, and issues citations, notices of violation, occupancy certificates, and work stop orders; maintains communications with developers and builders on commercial and residential building 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 building codes and requirements; 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 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.
Equivalent to a High school diploma; AND three yearís foreman-level experience in general construction. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City policy.
Incumbents in any of the inspector positions must surrender to the Construction Industries Division any contractorís license or certificate of competence to be held in inactive status upon immediately accepting employment with the City o. Failure to do so will result in immediate termination.
Valid class D driverís license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City policy. State Construction Industries Division (CID) Certification as a Building Inspector is required; must receive national certification as a Commercial and Residential Inspector within one (1) year of employment. International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)/International Code Council (ICC) certification is preferred; may be required to obtain additional technical certifications.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable Knowledge of: Methods, materials and equipment used in building projects; principles and practices of building inspection; building construction methods, materials and design standards; Federal, state and regional building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and accessibility codes; applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to building inspection and safety; Municipal zoning and building codes; 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.
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, officials, other development specialists and contractors, and the general public; safely operate a motor vehicle and navigate across even and uneven surfaces.
Skills in: Using independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; performing building inspections for compliance with building and safety codes; reading, interpreting, understanding and applying building 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 standard construction 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.
Licenses and/or Certifications:
Valid class D driverís license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City policy. New Mexico State Construction Industries Division (CID) Certification as a Building Inspector is required; must receive national certification as a Commercial and Residential Inspector within one (1) year of employment. International Code Council (ICC) certification is preferred; may be required to obtain additional technical certifications.