CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR

  • Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • May 23, 2019
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $46,134.40 - $73,507.20 Annually

Job Description

OVERVIEW



KITSAP COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (DCD) DCD focuses on enabling and assisting our Kitsap residents in building quality, affordable, structurally and environmentally safe developments in the Kitsap Community. We provide our team the opportunity to learn and grow within our positive and innovative work environment; we empower our team to make decisions and pride ourselves on a culture of continuous improvement. Please learn more about the department at: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/dcd .

Whether you want to join our team for just a few years or make a career with Kitsap County, we will provide the training and education to move you through an auto-progression program within the Construction Inspector series. We have an opportunity for two CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS to join our team: one full time regular position and one full time limited-term through 31 December 2020.

Depending on qualifications, we will bring you on at one of the following levels in the Construction Inspection series:

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN GENERAL OVERVIEW
This category is designed as a trainee/apprentice position to progress through the construction inspection series. Incumbents will develop skills in the area of inspections and/or plans review in one or more of the following areas: land use, residential/commercial, structural/building, roads, fire, stormwater and sewer utility. ($46,134-$63,606)

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 1 GENERAL OVERVIEW
An employee in the Construction Inspector 1 classification performs basic general and discipline specific plan review and on-site inspection work in support of a variety of residential, commercial, development engineering, fire, land use or other applications, projects, inquiries or compliance actions. Maintains inspection records in electronic and paper formats as required. ($49,733-$68,557)

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 2GENERAL OVERVIEW
An employee in Construction Inspector 2 classification reviews plans submitted for residential, commercial, engineering, site development, fire or construction permit applications to assure compliance with the applicable codes, ordinances and regulations. Authorizes issuance or denial of permits and directs, coordinates, supervises and monitors the work of staff assigned to the construction review team to assure that building permits and related applications are processed consistent with adopted procedures and within established time frames. This position also may be assigned to perform field inspections of approved and issued building permits. Answers citizen requests for information within established timeframes, performs code research as needed and proposes code, process and procedure changes as needed. ($53,331-$73,507)

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN
Required Education and Experience
  • High school diploma or GED; AND
  • One (1) year of related education or construction inspection/plans review experience; OR
  • Equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required
CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 1
Required Education and Experience
  • High school diploma or GED; AND
  • Two (2) years residential or commercial construction inspection or plan review experience; OR
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
  • Current certification from the International Codes Council (ICC) as a Residential or Commercial Building Inspector or Plans Examiner.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Associate or higher Degree or technical certificate in engineering, fire protection, building construction or related field.
  • Additional, current certification from the International Codes Council (ICC) in Building or Residential Inspection, Plans Examiner or related certifications.
CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 2
Required Education and Experience
  • Associates Degree in Construction Management, Building Construction, or closely related field; AND
  • Two (2) years of combined experience in building plan review or building construction inspection that includes commercial and residential projects; OR
  • An equivalent combination of four total years' of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
  • Must possess at least two (2) of the following certifications:
    • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Construction Inspector certification
    • ICC Commercial Construction Inspector certification
Preferred Education and Experience
  • One year of supervisory or lead worker experience.
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Fire Protection, Building Construction or related field.
  • Additional certifications from the International Codes Council (ICC) in Residential or Building Inspection.
  • Building, Mechanical and/or Plumbing Inspector Certification issued by International Code Council (ICC).
  • Experience in building plan review that includes commercial and residential projects and building construction inspection in a County or City jurisdiction.
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as: Category 1 : Driver operates County-owned vehicle.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
(Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.)
Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit a copy of required ICC certifications (Construction Inspector 1 or 2)
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass a medical evaluation that includes a physical, fitness, and audiometric testing.
Within twelve months of employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Construction Technician . Satisfactorily complete an in-house training program and obtain at least one of the following ICC certifications:
    • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Plans Examiner certification
    • ICC Residential Construction Inspector certification
    • ICC Commercial Construction Inspector certification
Construction Inspector 1 Satisfactorily complete an in-house training program and obtain at least one additional of the following ICC certifications: ?
  • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner certification
  • ICC Residential Plans Examiner certification
  • ICC Residential Construction Inspector certification
  • ICC Commercial Construction Inspector certification
Construction Inspector 2 In addition to having at least two ICC certifications at the time of hire all Construction Inspector 2 candidates must complete in in-house training program Working Conditions/Physical Activities (Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Work is performed in an office environment and in the field at construction sites.
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Walking, bending, stooping and twisting, Reaching above and/or below shoulders. Handling/grasping documents for equipment. Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time. Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person, on the telephone, or using other electronic media. Hearing audible signals, traffic, equipment, warnings. Vision sufficient to drive a vehicle during daylight and nighttime hours, read source materials, plans and drawings, to read computer and similar screens and see detail or color. Repetitive motions for computer/tool/equipment use. Requires exertion of force of 50 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, and/or 5 pounds continuously to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents, and field equipment necessary to conduct inspections. May occasionally be exposed to physical hazards from obstacles, heavy equipment, construction materials, locations at, above or below grade, various airborne pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, spray paints, loud noises, and domestic animals on construction sites. May require climbing steps and ladders, entry into attics and crawl spaces, traversing rough, slippery and / or uneven terrain on construction or other sites. Field inspections or evaluations may require extended periods of walking or standing, driving or riding in a passenger vehicle, keyboarding, looking up or down and handling small hand tools like flashlights and clipboards. Don and use head, hearing, foot, eye and fall protection (as needed) Personal Protection Experience is required.
  • Ability to crawl, climb ladders or temporary scaffolding stoop, duck, kneel, twist, extend arms above head to accomplish required examinations; and, balance sufficient to traverse walkways, uneven or slippery surfaces, ascend and descend ladders and stairs. Exposed to potentially hazardous conditions at constructions sites.
Required Knowledge of:
  • Construction practices, applicable codes, ordinances, regulations and techniques relative to residential, commercial, and civil construction activities.
  • Requirements, responsibilities and authority of county and local governments regarding land development, building construction, fire protection and land use.
Skills and/or Abilities to:
  • Appear for scheduled work and complete assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time.
  • Schedule and prioritize workflow to complete tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Work independently without regular direction, and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to policy and procedures of the department.
  • Operate a computer with specialized permit management software and the Microsoft Office Suite of products.
  • Read, interpret and evaluate construction or other documents (plans, specifications, maps, engineering drawings, calculations, reports and similar to determine compliance with applicable regulations or design parameters.
  • Correctly apply the requirements of the applicable codes, standards and regulations to materials submitted in support of permit applications.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and reports of plan review activities.
  • Perform semi-complex mathematical calculations.
  • Interact effectively with applicants and the public to provide general information and answer specific questions relative to applications.
  • To learn the geography of Kitsap County.


ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIAN
Essential Job Functions
  • Assist in evaluating proposed plans and specifications for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Assist in inspect structures being constructed for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Perform mathematical calculations such as allowable building height, number of stories, heat loss, stress compliance factors, composition of structural components, soils, and load bearing capacity.
  • Prepare a list of corrections or clarification of reviewed plans and communicate this to applicant, contractor and/or engineers orally or in writing as required.
  • Prepare a post-inspection list for applicants regarding corrections required.
  • Respond to public inquiries in person, in writing, and on the phone, regarding construction related matters and permit process procedures, translating technical and building code information and available alternatives.
  • Participate in staff consultations advising applicants of code requirements and troubleshooting potential construction problems.
  • Maintain regular office hours and meet with applicants and the public during office hours.
  • Provide code interpretations, research questionable issues, providing necessary office and field support as needed.
  • Perform limited building inspections.
  • Perform limited site evaluations as required to determine adequacy of submittals.
  • Use the department's record-keeping and permit management system to track permit activities, building inspection results, permit files, permit status, and related records.
  • Keep current on changing codes and building practices through continuing education (seminars, classes, meetings) and reading of applicable journals. Maintain required certifications.
CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 1
Essential Job Functions
  • Evaluate proposed plans and specifications for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Inspect structures being constructed for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Perform mathematical calculations such as allowable building height, number of stories, heat loss, stress compliance factors, composition of structural components, soils, and load bearing capacity.
  • Check fire-resistive construction for required exterior walls, occupancy and area separations, floor-ceiling assemblies, including fire doors and erosion control and backflow prevention.
  • Authorize issuance or denial of permits.
  • Prepare a list of corrections or clarification of reviewed plans and communicate this to applicant, contractor and/or engineers orally or in writing as required.
  • Prepare a post-inspection list for applicants regarding corrections required.
  • Respond to public inquiries in person, in writing, and on the phone, regarding construction related matters and permit process procedures, translating technical and building code information and available alternatives.
  • Participate in staff consultations advising applicants of code requirements and trouble-shooting potential construction problems.
  • Maintain regular office hours and meet with applicants and the public during office hours.
  • Provide code interpretations, research questionable issues, providing necessary office and field support as needed.
  • Perform building inspections.
  • Perform site evaluations as required to determine adequacy of submittals.
  • Use the department's record-keeping and permit management system to track permit activities, building inspection results, permit files, permit status, and related records.
  • Keep current on changing codes and building practices through continuing education (seminars, classes, meetings) and reading of applicable journals. Maintain required certifications.
CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR 2
Essential Job Functions
  • Perform Journeyman level inspections of proposed residential and commercial plans and specifications for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority.
  • Perform Journeyman level inspections of residential and commercial structures being constructed for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, fire, energy, storm water control, environmental, flood hazard, and accessibility codes and ordinances and resolve conflicts within the scope of individual authority
  • May assign, delegate, coach, develop and train subordinate staff.
  • Investigates complaints by verifying that site conditions or usages comply with County ordinances; and determines if proper permits have been obtained.
  • Reviews construction plans and details; determines code compliance; and identifies critical details for field investigations.
  • Notifies property owners of deficiencies and safety hazards; issues final notices of non-compliance; sets forth time limitations; and writes follow-up letters.
  • Recommends abatements or condemnations where public health, safety and welfare may be in jeopardy; cleans and secures nuisance properties, recommends contractors, scrap processors and tow companies and directs them on abatement and clean up procedures.
  • May contribute to performance appraisals to evaluate subordinates; assist and/or give input regarding employee selection and discipline.
  • Participate in or lead process improvement efforts applicable to the mission, goals and objectives of the department.
  • May assign, delegate, coach, develop and train subordinate staff.
  • Investigates complaints by verifying that site conditions or usages comply with County ordinances; and determines if proper permits have been obtained.
  • Notifies property owners of deficiencies and safety hazards; issues final notices of non-compliance; sets forth time limitations; and writes follow-up letters.
  • Recommends abatements or condemnations where public health, safety and welfare may be in jeopardy; cleans and secures nuisance properties, recommends contractors, scrap processors and tow companies and directs them on abatement and clean up procedures.
  • May contribute to performance appraisals to evaluate subordinates; assist and/or give input regarding employee selection and discipline.
  • Participate in or lead process improvement efforts applicable to the mission, goals and objectives of the department.


OTHER POSITION RELATED INFORMATION

Positions in this classification are :
  • Classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Covered under a collective bargaining agreement.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends and may be subject to call back for emergency situations.

Important Recruitment Information
This posting is open until both positions are filled; first review of applications will be on June 3, 2019.

Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
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