Current Job Opportunities
Chelan COunty Community Development
316 Washington Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Under the direction of the Building Official, the Building Inspector I position is an entry-level position. The Building Inspector I performs the full work of the classification. Reviews and inspects residential/commercial plans and specs for code compliance and county regulations. Assists in maintaining inspection requests, records and filing. Assists the Public with permit procedures. Tracks permits during processing and issuance. Enforces building, zoning, mechanical, fire, and other codes and resolutions adopted by the County, and performs inspections of private and public construction projects.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTAB ILITIES:
Carries out the directions of the Director to ensure that the Department's programs are implemented consistent with the County's goals and policies. Individuals assigned to this classification must apply full working knowledge of building trades and construction codes to regular and varied work situations.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Depending upon assignment, the incumbent may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties, which are a representative sample of the level of work appropriate to this classification .
- Conducts on-site building inspections during construction; verifies location on lot, dimensional and structural conformity to approved plans and use of approved building materials of the proper size and quality for the specific application.
- Performs plumbing inspections and observes tests of all plumbing and sewage disposal systems, repairs,alterations,renovations and installations.
- Inspects mechanical installations such as air handling units, furnaces, air conditioners. evaporator coolers, ventilation systems, refrigeration systems, incinerators, and gas piping.
- Notifies builders and installers of building, plumbing and mechanical code violations and stipulates corrections required.
- Writes and posts stop-work orders when code violations necessitate complete work stoppage.
- Provides plumbing, building and mechanical code interpretations when required.
- Inspects abandoned and dangerous buildings, mobile home installations and answers complaints on zoning code violations.
- Inspects buildings for plumbing, building and/or mechanical code compliance.
- Performs inspections of residential, commercial, and public curbs,driveways, sidewalks and construction sites as directed to assure conformance with County standards , zoning codes, and specifications and to assure proper drainage.
- May review building, plumbing and mechanical drawings as required to establish code compliance.
- Provides information to the general public, permit applicants, and public officials - over the telephone, at the counter, through e-mail, through mail, and at meetings - regarding the County's building and fire codes. Interprets codes as necessary.
- Prepare formal written reports to owners, architects, engineers, contractors, general public, and other agencies.
- Perform inspections of buildings and a wide variety of other structures in various stages of construction, alteration and repair; inspect foundations, concrete framing, fire safety requirements, mechanical, plumbing, energy conservation, facility access ibility and other items.
- Keep track of work in progress to make sure codes, regulations and sound construction practices are being observed and timely plan review progress is maintained.
- Keep detailed records and prepare reports of inspections, investigations and other work performed; participate in cases for legal action.
- Verify Flood Plain locations for all permit applications and as requested by the public.
- Read and interpret building plans and specifications. Read, interpret, apply and explain laws, codes and regulations.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with peers, elected officials, clients, customers and the public.
- Where public health, safety, or welfare may be in jeopardy , recommend the initiation of abatement proceedings to the Building Official.
- At all times perform work in accordance with sound safety practices and make recommendations for improved safety.
- Responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries or service complaints and keeps the director apprised of these situations and resolutions.
- Stays current on changing codes and building practices through continuing education (seminars, classes, meetings) and reading applicable journals .
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITI ES:
- Examines building and mobile home permit applications to verify that all standards required by the County are met including zoning, International Building Codes, plumbing, mechanical, and energy codes.
- Reviews residential and commercial construction plans and property restrictions prior to permit issuance . Notifies contractors or property owners of corrections required, issues building and mobile home permits and Certificates of Occupancy .
- Inspect structures damaged by natural and other causes, such as fire, high wind, or earthquake, where there are life and safety concerns.
- Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of building and fire code administration.
- May perform portions of the work of higher classified positions occasionally, as assigned.
- May assist Code Enforcement Officer in performance of his/her duties.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to work independent ly with little direction.
- Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
- Thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques relating to the inspection of residential/commercial building and mobile home placement/alterations.
- Knowledge of building construction, plumbing, and mechanical installations.
- Knowledge of Washington State building, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation codes and related regulations.
- Ability to exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in choosing approaches, methods, and resources to solve problems and achieve results.
- Ability to interpret plans, specifications, and engineering drawings to monitor construction progress.
- Ability to accurately document inspections and to explain decisions to contractors and the general public.
- Ability to establish and maintain advanced interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal) to maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts, report writing, and presentations.
- Must have working knowledge of the reasons and intent of fire code requirements as well as building construction and fire protection systems.
- Knowledge of NFPA codes, International Fire codes, International Building codes and County codes relating to fire regulations.
- Intermediate level PC proficiency, including word processing, spreadsheet , database, and permit tracking software.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as interest, percentages, area, circumference , and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
- Considerable knowledge of the International Codes, Fire Codes, Energy Codes and Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality applicable to the duties of the job.
- Ability to read and understand blueprints, ordinances, resolutions, and construction plans, and to identify areas of noncompliance with fire and life safety codes.
- Ability to spend substantial time driving from site to site and getting in and out of vehicle throughout the day.
- Ability to make access into, under and around structures by crawling in confined spaces, climbing, navigating difficult terrain and stooping for prolonged periods as necessary to conduct a thorough inspection.
- Ability to make visual inspection in structures that are dimly lit and to visually inspect sometimes confusing members of a structure, such as in framing, mechanical inspections, and inspection of failed structures.
- Physical ability to carry and set up ladders.
- Ability to be flexible fo changing prioroties.
Respectful, courteous, and friendly to customers, other County employees. and County leadership. A team player that helps the organization meet its objectives. Takes initiative to meet work objectives. Effectively communicates with customers and other County employees. Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with peers and management. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrates and maintains honest and ethical behavior.
WORKING CONDITIONS :
Frequent site visits to building sites or vacant properties can involve rugged and dirty conditions; and work in snowy and/or hot conditions. Job involves some desk work, which may be interrupted with phone and counter calls. Involves attendance at meetings on the County campus or off-site, before, during and after normal work hours. Reports and correspondence are typically prepared at the computer terminal.
High School Diploma or G.E.D. required. ICBO certification as a Building Inspector desirable or must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. Minimum of three (3) years' experience in one or more areas of building construction required. All certifications must be maintained in current status while employed. Bi-lingual preferred. Possess a valid Washington State Driver's license. Receive a passing grade on County test prior to employment.