Building Inspector I/II

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $3,953.73 - $5,305.73 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conducts field inspections of residential, commercial, or industrial structures being constructed, altered, or repaired.
  • Interprets applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations to Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Homeowners.
  • Reviews building plans for new and remodel residential and light commercial/industrial projects for compliance with governing codes, regulations and Local Building Ordinances.
  • Checks the quality of materials and methods of construction for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, framework, concrete, and masonry work, lathing, plastering, tile work, and roofing for compliance with codes.
  • Inspects completed work, giving approval to acceptable structures and installations.
  • Writes correction notices on plans and construction violations and works with Owner's Agents to follow up on corrections.
  • Investigates violations of building laws and enforces State and County Building Standards Codes and County Ordinances.
  • Inspects existing buildings, commercial structures and mobile home installations to determine health or safety hazards, structural failures, or the need for maintenance and repair.
  • Gives advice to contractors and individuals on construction procedures and practices.
  • May determine plan checking, permit and other fees and valuation on plans submitted and verify correct construction valuation at job site and/or determine if construction exceeds scope of work.
  • May inspect construction and repair of County buildings and structures.

Minimum Qualifications
BUILDING INSPECTOR I

Experience:
Three (3) 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, preferably including or supplemented by two (2) years of general contracting experience. (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:
Incumbents in the classification must obtain a certification as a Building Inspector (administered by International Code Council (ICC) or other recognized state, national or international association acceptable to the jurisdiction) within the probationary period or be dismissed from County service.

Desirable:
Certification as an Electrical Inspector, or Mechanical Inspector, or Plumbing Inspector.

BUILDING INSPECTOR II

Experience:
At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to a Building Inspector I in Merced County and four (4) 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, preferably including or supplemented by two (2) years of general contracting experience. (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 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.)

Special Note:
Combination Inspector Certification or equivalent certification administered by any recognized state, national or international association acceptable to the jurisdiction is desirable.

Desirable:
  • Plans Examiner Certification is desirable.

Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Sit for periods of time while driving a vehicle or working at a desk; frequently stand and walk.
  • Have manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination needed to use a variety of office equipment such as computers, telephones, calculators and copiers
  • Have corrected hearing and vision commensurate with duties
  • Communicate effectively with others in person, in written communication 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, even in hostile environments.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Lift and move with help objects weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Conduct activities on uneven surfaces under various environmental conditions.
  • Climb ladders or scaffolding to inspect construction on exterior of buildings, unfinished basements, roofs or other areas under construction.
  • Climb into and out of ditches and swimming pools under construction; visually trace colored electrical wiring.
  • Documents compliance with F.E.M.A. regulations on individual projects.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.
Knowledge of:
  • Practices, tools, equipment, and materials used in the general construction trades.
  • Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction.
  • Uniform Codes, National Electrical 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.


Ability to:
  • 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 and Local Building Ordinances.
  • Read, interpret, and explain building plans, specifications and building codes.
  • Make 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.
  • 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
  • Determine levels of substandard construction based on occupancy type and decide on continuation of occupancy based on fire & life-safety standards.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

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

HEALTH INSURANCE

County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.


DISABILITY INSURANCE

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

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

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 or go to
Merced County Benefits Summary


Job Address

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