Overview

Inspects construction projects for compliance with adopted County building codes and standards to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises including provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Maryland Accessibility Code; field review of approved construction plans.

STARTING SALARY HIRING RANGE:
$23.49 – $28.99
$48,867 – $60,298

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Performs senior technical level licensing, inspections and regulations work under general supervision from an administrative or technical superior.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Reads and interprets approved construction and shop drawings of building construction, etc; reads and interprets specifications and methods of installation and verifies installation at time of field inspection.

Inspects residential, commercial, industrial, and other buildings and structures during and after construction to ensure that components such as footings, slabs, framing, insulation, chimneys and fireplace throats, and stairways meet provisions of the Howard County Building Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Accessibility Code and approved plans, specifications, and standards.

Determines time limit for corrective measures; notifies owner and/or builder; reinspects property to determine compliance; responsible for issuance of violation and civil citations; provides supporting data in legal proceedings and testifies at Court proceedings.

Interprets the code and recommends guidance to contractors, engineers, architects, craft workers, and owners to assure compliance with adopted codes and standards.

Completes inspection report forms; prepares daily reports of activities, weekly or monthly reports of time use, mileage and expense reports; prepares documentation for legal action.

Conducts inspection and investigation of complaints and alleged complaint violations; resolves code related complaints.

Maintains inspection records and case histories and follows up on progress inspections required for permits scheduled for expiration twelve months after their issuance.

Researches inspection and permit information utilizing the Main Frame system (Cornerstone); utilizes PC for E MAIL and word processing.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

High School Diploma or GED and six (6) years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PREFERRED EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Associate’s Degree; considerable familiarity with construction codes and standards, including building, fire protection, life safety, disability and handicapped code provisions; familiarity with computerized main frame and personal computer systems, including E MAIL, Windows, and Word Processing.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and unfinished construction sites. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Must be able to climb ladders, steep slopes, and inclines. Must wear protective clothing, i.e. hard hats and safety shoes.

Must be able to endure adverse climatic conditions and perform work at elevated heights.

Must use alternative means of accessing multistory areas during the construction process.

LANGUAGE SKILLS, MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general codes and standards, professional journals and bulletins, technical manuals and governmental regulations.

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and letters.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as pressure, loads, rates and flow; Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Ability to solve practical problems and interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

This position is hired as a Regulation Inspector I (Class 3305).

Certification as a Regulation Inspector II (Class 3306) requires proof of passage of the ICC certification examinations entitled Residential Building Inspector B1, Commercial Building Inspector B2, Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspector/Plans Examiner RF, Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector CF, Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector CA and Special Inspector General Requirement GR per the memorandum of the Appointing Authority (6/15/98). Passage of all examinations is required.

Class C Maryland Driver’s License.