City of Maitland Inspector - Combined Non-Exempt

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Performs a variety of routine and complex work in the interpretation and enforcement of adopted codes, related rules and regulations.

This is highly skilled technical building and/or fire inspection work. The position incumbent inspects new and modified commercial and residential structures and construction sites to enforce state statutes, federal codes, adopted model and city ordinances relating to building structures, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems as certified. May perform fire prevention inspections and enforce applicable codes and ordinances. May perform plans examining functions for areas of expertise where appropriate certifications are possessed. Work is performed with considerable independence and under the general supervision of the Community Development Director, or assigned designee.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Reviews building permit plans and conducts scheduled inspections in all disciplines licensed to ensure compliance with the application local, State and federal regulations including, but not limited to, building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and accessibility, energy calculations and similar data.

Responds to requests and makes site inspections at various stages of construction or modification to ensure compliance.

Documents permit inspection results, communicates inspection findings to contractors, and records inspection results in the Building Division’s electronic files. Researches codes to respond to questions and resolve related problems.

Signs off on final inspections, and confirms final approval of job completion for release of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion, as applicable. Makes random observations within city limits to determine if construction projects are operating under approved permits and ensures services are being provided by licensed contractors. Investigates as directed complaints in order to enforce codes and report irregularities to supervisor. Issues violation notices and stop work orders as required enforcing codes. Investigates complaints of violation of city codes relating to building and construction activities.

Schedules and conducts fire safety inspections and re-inspection of buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire code requirements, including inspection for certificates of occupancy and existing occupancies and fire protection systems and devices such as sprinkler systems, portable fire extinguisher, heat detectors and smoke detectors, as certified and authorized by law.

Orders correction, remedies of hazardous conditions, investigates, and reports on complaints received regarding hazardous conditions or practices. Periodically patrols or inspects an assigned area to monitor for violations of local codes. Responds to complaints of potential code violations relating to State and local building codes, or other code related matters.

Enters results into Division records related to inspection and enforcement activities. Assists in obtaining, preparing or presenting exhibits or other evidence to the Code Enforcement Board and court as required. Assists in plans examination as certifications allow.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

Serves as a member of various committees. Completes forms, writes reports and assists in developing plans for special assignments. Explains, interprets, and provides guidance regarding all applicable codes within area of responsibility.

Supports the code enforcement function by regularly picking up illegal signs and occasionally conducting field investigations of potential violations, gathering evidence and submitting information to the Code Enforcement Specialist. Performs other duties as assigned.

CRITICAL SKILLS/EXPERTISE:

Extensive knowledge of: 1) minimum building and general construction codes, and skill in applying knowledge of minimum building codes; 2) modern fire prevention principles, procedures, techniques and equipment; 3) building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire codes; and 4) inspection techniques. Working knowledge of fire suppression techniques and equipment.

Ability to work well with co-workers, the public and with local contractors; ability to read and understand complicated plans and blueprints; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Some knowledge of code enforcement principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; working knowledge of applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to various land use, nuisance and public safety codes; working knowledge of inspection techniques.

Ability to prepare, organize and maintain inspection field data, reports and systems. Ability to analyze complex situations, problems and data, and use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, employees, supervisors and the general public to include the ability to handle stressful situations and effectively deal with difficult or angry people.

EQUIPMENT USED:

Personal computer, including word processing and permitting software; copy machine; motor vehicle; portable radio; phone; ladder or scaffolding; tape measure; engineering/architectural scales; and decibel meter.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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 frequently required to stand; sit; work; talk or hear; use hands to handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT:

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 regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High school graduate or equivalent. Position may qualify at two levels, as follows:

Inspector I:

A minimum of one Standard Inspectors Certification through Florida Statute 468 from the list below at time of hire. If an internal employee, who is an Inspector Trainee receives a Standard or Provisional Certification they will be promoted to an Inspector I.

• Building Inspector
• Plumbing Inspector
• Electrical Inspector
• Mechanical Inspector
• 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Inspector

Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's license.

Inspector Combined:

A minimum of two Standard Inspectors Certifications. If an internal employee who is an Inspector I and has at least one Standard and receives an additional Standard or Provisional Certification, they will be promoted to an Inspector Combined.

• Building Inspector
• Plumbing Inspector
• Electrical Inspector
• Mechanical Inspector
• 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Inspector
• State of Florida, Fire Safety Inspector (Per FS 633)
• Building Plans Examiner
• Plumbing Plans Examiner
• Electrical Plans Examiner
• Mechanical Plans Examiner

In addition, possess or be able to obtain additional certifications through the State of Florida, within the time frame outlined in a written agreement between the applicant and the Department Director, or his designee. Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's license. Must also possess the National Incident

Management System (NIMS) IS-700 within 30 days of employment and the ICS-100 and ICS-200 within 90 days of employment. There may be additional NIMS required, which will be scheduled by your Supervisor.

Special Note:

Should the employee not maintain current standard or provisional certifications, the add pay incentive that the employee is receiving for that certificate will be discontinued until such time the employee has been reissued a standard or provisional certification.

INSPECTOR INCENTIVE ADD PAY PROGRAM

To qualify for the Inspector Incentive Add Pay Program the employee is required to be employed by the City of Maitland in the Classification of a non-exempt Inspector Combined.

The employee must be performing field related inspections as their primary activity, as outlined in the applicable job description. The Inspector Incentive Add Pay Program is designed to compensate City Inspectors as they become cross-trained and acquire additional inspector certifications. This program does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

Inspector (Combined)

To qualify for the Inspector Incentive Add Pay Program, the employee must already have a current standard inspector certification or have a provisional inspector certification issued by the State of Florida in at least two of the State of Florida Approved inspector categories as listed below and defined in Florida Statute 468 or 633 and at least one of the State of Florida Approved Plans Examiner Certification categories as listed below. The incentive add pay starts with the third certification, standard or provisional. Standard and provisional certifications shall be included when evaluating add pay. Inspector incentive add pay will only be provided to employees actually performing duties associated with their licensure.

Payment and Amount of Inspector Incentive Add Pay

For each current standard or provisional certification an employee in an Inspector I or Inspector Combined position attains and uses in the performance of duties beyond the minimum certifications required for the employee’s position, the employee shall be paid inspector add pay for each such additional certification in the total annual amounts set forth below. Should the employee not maintain current standard or provisional certifications, the add pay that the employee is receiving will be discontinued until such time the employee has been reissued a standard or provisional certification.

The total annual amounts of inspector incentive add pay may not exceed $13,000. Inspector incentive add pay provided to an employee shall not be included in an employee’s base pay and shall not be considered as part of base pay for determination of merit increases. Inspector incentive add pay shall be considered for overtime purposes as required by law. Inspector incentive add pay shall be paid in increments in each pay period. When considering incentive add pays for multiple certifications beyond the minimum number required for a position, the certifications of the lesser value will always be considered the initial required certifications necessary to meet the minimum qualifications of a position.

If the employee is classified as an Inspector and receives a provisional or a standard certification that qualifies them to be promoted to Inspector-Combined, the employee will be entitled to the promotional percentage only. The employee will not be entitled to the “add pay”.

The employee will be responsible for obtaining at least ________ (number of certifications needed) certifications during their employment with the City and it will be up to the Department Director, or his designee, to determine which Inspection Certifications and Plans Examiner Certifications the employee will pursue beyond the certifications the employee possessed when hired or promoted from an Inspector I to a Combined-Inspector.

If the employee is hired with a provisional and/or standard certification and receives “ADD PAY” for said provisional and/or standard certifications, but fails to achieve the standard certification prior to the expiration of the provisional, or no longer possesses a standard certification or plans examiner certification, the ADD PAY” will be discontinued until such time that the employee is able to achieve the certification. The inability to maintain a standard or provisional certification may subject the employee to discipline.

Inspection Certifications:

$1,500 Building Inspection
$1,500 Mechanical Inspection
$1,500 Plumbing Inspection
$2,500 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Inspection
$2,500 Electrical Inspection
$1,000 Fire Inspector/Plans Examiner – One Certification

Plans Examiner Certifications:

$1,000 Building Plans
$1,000 Mechanical Plans
$1,000 Plumbing Plans
$1,000 Electrical Plans
$1,000 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Inspection