Senior Combination Inspector

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Jun 02, 2022
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections
  • Salary: $85,884.00 - $115,100.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Senior Combination Inspector - $7,157 - $9,592 per month
Effective July 2022: 2% Salary increase

This is highly skilled inspection work in securing and maintaining compliance with all aspects of building, zoning and municipal codes and regulations governing existing and new construction and involving any combination of the following: installation and operation of electrical systems and allied equipment; plumbing, heating, and mechanical installations; building construction, alteration, repair; and housing compliance investigation. Duties also include the enforcement of all applicable mandated regulations; and performs related duties as required.


Work is performed in both the field and office as it involves physical inspections and the documentation and communication of those inspection results. Structural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems are inspected to verify compliance with applicable codes and approved construction documents. Work requires knowledge of all aspects of the building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades with an emphasis on requirements, installation techniques, assembly methods, and industry practices. An incumbent shall be able to investigate alleged violations and make recommendations of acceptable alternatives which meet the intent of all applicable state and municipal codes. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of the Chief of Inspection through conferences and reports.

The Senior Combination Inspector is distinguished from the Building Inspector II position by their performance and ability to conduct the most advanced and complex building inspections and by their responsibility for providing technical assistance, guidance and supervision to lower level staff.


This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

The first application review has been extended to Thursday, June 23rd.

Applications must be completed and submitted online by the specified deadline. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Do not include "see attached resume" in your responses, as they will not be reviewed in the application process. A detailed resume is also required; this can be uploaded into the "Attachments" section of the online application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address. Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your on-line application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen). Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Assists the Chief of Inspection with scheduling and training of personnel including preparing lesson plans and educational materials.

Secures and maintains compliance with codes and regulations governing existing and new installations.

Conducts the more technical or complex inspections; advises other inspectors on the more difficult and complicated problems.

Assists and advises contractors and others regarding construction codes and regulations.

Assists in processing Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

Performs plan check tasks.

Reviews complaints of substandard conditions.

Recommends changes in existing or new codes and regulations.

Prepares and maintains necessary records and reports.

Performs related work as required.

May act as the Chief of Inspection in their absence.

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Graduation from high school or equivalent. College coursework in Construction Technology or Management, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electrical or Mechanical engineering or a related field is desirable.

Five (5) years of experience at the journey level in building inspection or superintendent in the construction trade. Three (3) years of experience in building inspection for a public agency is desirable.


Must possess and maintain a Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Combination Inspector is required within six (6) months of initial appointment.

A California Contractor’s License in good standing (active or inactive) is desirable.

ICC Certification(s) in any related discipline or as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is highly desirable.


Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local codes, regulations and ordinances relating to all aspects of construction.

Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices involved in installing, repairing, and maintaining a variety of building systems.

Considerable knowledge of electrical, plumbing, heating, and mechanical equipment, and appliances.

Considerable knowledge of possible defects and faults in the above systems and appliances, and of standard testing of devices and effective corrective measures.

Knowledge of permitting, inspection or other related software applications.

Knowledge of effective supervisory methods and responsibilities.


Ability to detect and locate defective installations and to ascertain the stage of installation when defects are most easily found and remedied.

Ability to contact and interact with tenants, building owners, contractors, craftsmen, architects, engineers, co-workers, and others, to effect and maintain satisfactory working relationships.

Ability to read and interpret construction drawings, blueprints and diagrams.

Ability to maintain accurate and up to date inspection records and permit files.

Ability to enforce the construction and other related codes with firmness, tact, and impartiality.

Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations.

Ability to confer with architects, contractors, builders and the general public while promoting and providing quality customer service.

Ability to handle challenging interactions tactfully, professionally, courteously and constructively.

Ability to use current technology including, but not limited to, modern office equipment, smart phones and tablets.

Ability to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays and be scheduled for standby duty.

Supplemental Information


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New Full-Time employees contribute the following amounts on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility:
  • Effective July 8, 2018: 12% of their salary

Full-Time employeesreceive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Effective June 2022: $1,500 monthly

New Part-Time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. They are reviewed for merit salary advancement on a periodic basis. Generally, part-time employees are limited to no more than 1,000 hours of work per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Certain part-time employees, however, are permitted to exceed this limit.Part-time employees participate in either the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS) or the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) depending on eligibility. Employees enrolled in PARS contribute 3.75% of salary with a matching City contribution. Employees enrolled in CalPERS contribute 7.50% - 10.469% of salary depending on eligibility. Part-time positions are eligible to receive general leave benefits. General leave can be used for sick, vacation, or holiday time.

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires all new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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