The Building Inspector is responsible for inspecting and documenting all aspects of building construction, including plumbing, electrical, footings, rough ins and final inspections on new and remodeled construction. The person holding this position also works with the public and contractors to ensure all construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances through all phases of construction. In addition, the Building Inspector works in conjunction with Environmental Health on sewer and septic installations and system upgrades.
- Evaluate property and building sites against all county codes and ordinances
- Review the overall building or remodeling project to assure that all building construction workmanship meets or exceeds all county building code and ordinances
- Assist as needed in fires, floods, storms and disaster recovery operations
- Maintain all records, including digital copies, photos, videos, and hard copies as required in a timely and organized manner
- Other duties as assigned. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- One year working in the construction industry
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Strong working knowledge of county codes and ordinances
- Knowledge of construction and building standards
- Ability to communicate professionally and courteously with the general public
- General safety rules and regulations pertaining to duties
- Use of computers, copiers, telephones, faxes and other general office equipment
- Use of tape measure, camera, iPad and smartphone
- Computer literacy, with a working knowledge of iWorQ online software, Microsoft Office, Google for Work and the Walker County Tax Assessor’s Website
- Procedures and policies pertaining to duties
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- A valid driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
- Red Card (EPD) for storm water soil erosion issues, or the ability to obtain one
- Certifications or professional license in the building inspection industry
- May require additional certifications to carry weapons or firearms
These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Building Inspector‘s job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential function of this job.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, bend, crouch and twist to perform such tasks as:
- Walking around the work site on uneven terrain
- Lifting supplies, equipment and files
- Sitting at a desk, or in meetings or while driving
- Reaching for objects
- Kneeling, bending or crouching to file or retrieve objects from lower shelves or the ground
- Crawling under equipment or inside attics, pipes or ditches
- Pushing and pulling file drawers or tables and chairs
- Climbing stairs and ladders
- Twisting from computer to phone, getting inside vehicle, getting through tight places
Hand and foot dexterity is required to operate office equipment, and paperwork.
Hearing and speech is necessary to communicate with customers and co-workers in person, by telephone and radio.
Good vision is required for all functions.
This position must be able to lift 25 pounds occasionally.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually exposed to a noise level that is moderate to loud.
About 65% to 75% of the work is performed outdoors daily and in seasonally extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, as well as rain and other environmental elements.
About 15% to 20% of the time is spent in an office with a controlled environment, and about 15% to 20% of the time is spent driving from one location to another in traffic and weather conditions normal to the Walker County region.
Physical hazards include dangerous equipment, noise and vibration, exposure to foul smells, fumes, gases, chemicals, dust and dirt from time to time. The employee will be expected to wear proper protective equipment including, protective eyewear, gloves, protective footwear, hard hat and reflective safety vest.
STANDARDS FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE
- Successful development and implementation of objectives; continuous growth in service provided
- Ability to work alone or with a team
- Appropriate and positive interaction with staff, management, volunteers, community groups, professional associates and citizens
- Accomplishment of job functions in effective and timely manner
- Proficiency in oral and written communication
- Effectiveness in establishing priorities, working on multiple assignments and concurrent projects
- Exercise of sound judgment in the absence of direct supervision
- Demonstrated ability to thoroughly analyze problems and find solutions
- Adherence to established policies and procedures