Building Inspector

City of Gainesville
Job Description
Salary 
$23.49 - $48.09 Hourly
Location 
Gainesville, FL
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
Department
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Job Number
09549
 
 
Closing
4/18/2021 11:59 PM Eastern
Job Ad

 

Now inviting applications for:

Building Inspector 

The Department of Sustainable Development at the City of Gainesville is seeking: dynamic, innovative and forward thinking professionals who will embrace the organization's citizen-centered vision to provide top-notch development services to our community. The community, its elected leaders, and executive leadership team have embraced this vision.
  
 As a Building Inspector, you'll be: conducting inspections of construction, alteration, repair, remodeling or demolition of structures and the installation of building systems, when permitting is required to ensure compliance with the Florida Building Code (FBC) and associated city ordinances. The department may fill the position as a level I, II, III or IV contingent upon the successful applicant's qualifications.
 
 The ideal candidate will have experience working with building codes, reading construction plans and common field construction practices. He or she will be a solutions-oriented team player and exhibit excellent communication skills with external customers and coworkers
  
 A typical day of work may include conducting field inspections of ongoing development projects for compliance with applicable building, life safety codes and local ordinances. The candidate may be called upon to assist with other functions of the building division and coordinate with other departments as needed.
 
 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
 Inspector IV ($29.52 - $41.73 Hourly)

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and must have five (5) years of trades related work experience in construction.
  • Valid driver license required upon appointment.  Valid Florida driver license required within thirty (30) days of start date and at all times while employed in this position.
  • Current Florida Standard Inspector License in all four (4) of these categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing.
  • Certification as a Municipal Fire Inspector from the Florida State Fire College required within three (3) years from start date.
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Inspector for One and Two Family Dwelling.
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Plans Examiner in one of these associated categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing.

 **** We may under-fill with the following required experience/education****
 
 Inspector III ($27.33 - $38.98 Hourly)

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and must have five (5) years of trades related work experience in construction.
  • Current Florida Standard Inspector License in three (3) of these categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing.
  • Certification as a Municipal Fire Inspector from the Florida State Fire College required within two (2) years of start date.
  • Preference Qualifications
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Inspector for One and Two Family Dwelling.
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Plans Examiner in one of these associated categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing.

 Inspector II ($25.08 - $35.76 Hourly)

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and must have five (5) years of trades related work experience in construction.
  •  Current Florida Standard Inspector License in two (2) of the following four categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing.
  • Certification as a Municipal Fire Inspector from the Florida State Fire College required within two (2) years of start date.
  • Preferred Qualification
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Inspector for One and Two Family Dwelling.

 Inspector I ($23.49 - $32.81 Hourly)

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and must have five (5) years of trades related work experience in construction.
  • Meet the requirements as defined in the Florida Statute, Chapter 468 for a current Florida Standard Inspector License as a One & Two Family Inspector or in one of the four standard trade categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing or the ability to obtain a Provisional License in a job related inspection category within one hundred and twenty (120) days.
  • Must become a State of Florida Standard Inspector in assigned category (e.g., Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing) within one year from issuance date of provisional license.
  • Preferred Qualification
    • Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Inspector for One and Two Family Dwelling.

 Notes:

  • Valid driver license required upon start date.  Valid Florida driver license required within thirty (30) days of start date and at all times while employed in these positions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for prolonged periods of time. 
  • May require occasionally working outside regular business hours.
  • May fill multiple positions
  • May establish an eligibility list
  • May require assessments

 Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life! 
 
 Come join our team as we shift the culture from "No to Yes", "from reactive to proactive," "from policy-oriented to services-oriented", and "from silos to teams".

Job Description

SUMMARY
This is skilled field and office work securing compliance with the Florida Building Code (FBC), the Florida Fire Prevention Code, and associated City ordinances.  Per the Florida Statute (FS), Chapter 468, it is the responsibility of the building code inspector to conduct inspections of construction, alteration, repair, remodeling or demolition of structures and the installation of building systems, when permitting is required to ensure compliance with the FBC.  The building code inspector's responsibilities must be performed under the supervision and authority of the Building Inspector without interference from any unlicensed person.  Pursuant to Section 633.216, FS, a certified Fire Inspector shall perform in-service Fire Safety Inspections to ensure compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classifications by its emphasis on compliance inspecting, specialized knowledge of construction, Florida Building Codes and Florida Fire Prevention Codes; and enforcement of these code requirements with contractors and owners, as well as, the exercise of individual discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of the code(s).  This classification is further distinguished by close coordination with the other Department functions and the Chief Inspector, assisting with plan review, scheduling and providing guidance and research assistance to more junior inspectors.

NOTE:  The Inspector IV classification is the fourth in a series of four Inspector classifications.  The Inspector IV must be certified as a Fire Inspector within three years of start date; and must possess a Standard Inspector license with all four trade categories (e.g., Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)

EXAMPLES OF WORK*
*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Conducts on-site inspections for compliance with the FBC, Florida Fire Code and associated City ordinances to ensure public health and safety.

Checks compliance with approved plans and specifications.

Explains, interprets and provides authoritative guidance regarding the FBC and Florida Fire Prevention Code within area(s) of responsibility to all the department's clients including, but not limited to, architects, engineers, contractors, developers and property owners.

Determines if completed field corrections are code compliant.

Records inspection results and all related notes and information into the public record in a timely manner.

Prepares reports and maintains records of work performed for use by administrative and judicial authorities.

Issues correction notices and stop work orders.

Attends regularly scheduled continuing education programs required to maintain State certification requirements and keep current with technological changes and code changes.

Investigates complaints of code compliance, permitting, and construction license violations.

Confers with Chief Inspector or Building Official on difficult enforcement problems or specific code interpretation.

Assists in resolving complex and sensitive customer service issues directly with the Department's clients.

Confers with plans examiners on discrepancies between approved plans and actual field conditions and the structure of required inspections for complex projects. 

Assures that contractors are licensed and bonded and have secured the proper permits.

Assists the Chief Inspector in scheduling and training for more junior level inspectors.

Provides guidance in code content and interpretation to more junior level inspectors.

Provides emergency inspection services during catastrophes to ensure public health and safety.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
May assist plans examiners with initial plan review.

May provide advice to staff on technical matters.

May act in the absence of Chief Inspector.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and must have five (5) years of trades related work experience in construction.

CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES

Licenses
Valid driver license required upon appointment.  Valid Florida driver license required within thirty (30) days of start date and at all times while employed in this position.

Current Florida Standard Inspector License in all four of these categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing.

Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Inspector for One and Two Family Dwelling.

Desirable to also be a State of Florida Standard Plans Examiner in one of these associated categories:  Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing.

Certifications
Certification as a Municipal Fire Inspector from the Florida State Fire College required within three (3)  years from start date.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to read, understand and interpret the Florida Building Code in their respective inspection categories and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

Ability to identify construction that does not comply with the applicable Florida Building Code/Florida Fire Prevention Code or plans and specifications.

Ability to communicate effectively with building owners, contractors, coworkers and the general public and to effect and maintain positive working relationships on inspection and regulatory matters.

Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications accurately and to compare them with the actual site construction/installation in process.

Ability to make independent decisions in the field on interpretation and enforcement of the Florida Building Code and Florida Fire Prevention Code.

Familiarity and competence in the operation of personal computers, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and internet-based reporting systems.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to train and instruct junior inspectors.

Ability to schedule and lead junior inspectors.

Ability to assist the Chief Inspector with reviewing plans.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 
Work will require physical strength and agility sufficient to safely perform all essential job functions including standing, kneeling, and stooping.

While performing on-site inspections, work may require the physical strength and agility to climb ladders and scaffolding as well as walk on the rough terrain of construction sites.

Work will require working at heights of over six (6) feet on open grating, scaffolding, and temporary platforms or from aerial devices requires, including the ability to climb and descend stairs and ladders.

Must communicate orally, see physical surroundings, listen, hear others, respond to oral commands, and demonstrate good communication skills.

Work requires normal color vision to distinguish the suitability of materials in the field for intended use.

Work requires continuous situational awareness while on construction sites.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 
Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals. 

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.

Work may require exposure to prolonged high noise levels.

Work will require the use of personal protection equipment.

Must follow the safety rules and clothing requirements of each jobsite.

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