Examples of Duties Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performs plan reviews on construction plans, engineering calculations and specifications for new buildings, building additions, and building alterations for commercial and multi-family buildings to verify compliance with the California Building Code/Plumbing Code/Mechanical Code/Electrical Code, California Residential Code, California Energy Conservation Code, accessibility codes, adopted historic building regulations, FEMA floodplain codes and ordinances as adopted by Merced County.
- Create written reports outlining design deficiencies to design professionals.
- Creates and modifies electronic permits to describe scope of projects.
- Prepare plans and documentation for issuance of permits.
- Resolves conflicts and communicates options for code compliance. Schedules and conducts meetings to answer questions and facilitate service.
- Conducts plan intake meetings with applicants for projects of varying complexity and economic impact to verify completeness of permit applications and construction documents to accept projects into the review system for plan check by the Building Division section and other departments and divisions.
- Analyze project complexity to determine appropriate plan review track. Attends and participates as a multi-department project application review meetings. Communicate code requirements, design issues, and permit processes to applicants. Monitor project review progress and coordinates with various internal department staff and outside agencies to facilitate building or fire permit issuance.
- Provide frequent technical support, direction to building permit counter staff. Provide technical support to inspection staff.
- Reviews and assists applicants to prepare acceptable alternate code requests or modifications to adopted building codes.
- Frequently proposes, researches, drafts, and comments on building division interpretations and policies related to residential and commercial construction.
- Reviews and evaluates current policies recommending updates or determines if policies can be retired.
- Works with building inspection staff, contractors and design professionals after the permit has been issued to resolve code issues encountered during construction.
- Reviews plan changes and modifications for projects under construction.
- Performs site visits as necessary to resolve issues or verify construction elements of existing conditions.
- Acts in a lead capacity for Building Inspectors I/II and office staff, providing training and assigning work.
- Attends Association meetings, trainings and conferences, as needed.
- Work with other County Departments to advance the needs of the Department and the County.
- Confer with architects, contractors, builders and the general public in the field and office.
- Performs detailed plan checks of blueprints, diagrams and specifications involving construction projects of all types to ascertain conformance with applicable codes.
- Perform fire alarm and fire sprinkler inspections and plan review.
- Life-safety plan review and inspections.
- Review high hazard occupancies.
Minimum Qualifications Experience:
At least two (2) years of experience equivalent to a Building Inspector II in Merced County and six (6) years of skilled level experience in one of the building trades or in the performance of a wide variety of building trades work done in conformance with standard building, electrical or plumbing codes. (Completion of 60 semester college units which has included courses in engineering, architecture, construction technology, or building inspection may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience).Education:
Equivalent to graduation from high school.License:
Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.Certification:
Building Inspector, Fire Inspector and one of the following required: Electrical Inspector, or Mechanical Inspector, or Plumbing Inspector (administered by any recognized, state, national or international association acceptable to the jurisdiction).
Plans Examiner certification for building and fire required within 12 months of hire date (administered by any recognized state, national or international association acceptable to the jurisdiction).
Essential Functions ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of:
- Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
- Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
- Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
- Perform job duties under stressful conditions.
- Respond appropriately to situations.
- Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
- Lift and move with help objects weighing 75 pounds.
- Conduct activities on uneven surfaces under various environmental conditions.
Practices, tools, equipment, and materials used in the general construction trades.
Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction.
California Codes, National Electrical Codes, fire codes and pertinent Federal, State and County regulations pertaining to new construction, alterations, repairs and/or demolition of structures.
Construction documents including plans, specifications and calculations and methods to interpret and check for compliance with regulations.
Basic principles of engineering, architectural design and engineering mathematics.
Qualities of various construction materials.
Laws, ordinances, rules and regulations affecting zoning and housing.
Inspection methods and techniques.
HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
- Perform building inspections, enforce regulations, examine workmanship, materials and detect deviations from laws, regulations and standard construction practices.
- Check construction documents for a proposed project for compliance with governing codes, regulations, fire codes and Local Building Ordinances.
- Read, interpret, and explain building plans, specifications and building codes.
- Math arithmetical calculations quickly and accurately.
- Apply technical knowledge of building trades work.
- Advise on standard construction methods and requirements.
- Promote and enforce safe work practices.
- Prepare reports and maintain records.
- Read and write at the level required for successful job performance.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Recognize problems and make effective recommendations for their correction.
- Observe and record findings during investigations.
- Make independent, sound decisions.
- Enforce regulations with firmness and tact.
- Oversee daily operation of project tracking system.
10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). SICK LEAVE
.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria. HOLIDAYS
Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE
Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way. INSURANCE
Medical Insurance - Merced County offers five Medical Plans and contributes towards employee and dependent premiums. Medical plan availability varies based on bargaining units.
Dental Insurance -Delta Dental
- Anthem 200 EPO
- Anthem 500 EPO
- Anthem 1500 EPO
- Anthem HDHP (High Deductible Medical Plan) with Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Anthem HDHP (High Deductible Medical Plan) without Health Savings Account (HSA)
Vision Insurance - VSP
- Calendar Year Maximums
- County pays 100% of the premium for employees and 50% for dependent(s)
- County pays 100% of the premium for employees and 50% for dependent(s)
State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium. LIFE INSURANCE
$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee. RETIREMENT
The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable. MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS. EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
MHNEAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.
For more information log on to members.mhn.com. EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS
The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.
THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.
For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682.
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