Plans Examiner/Building Inspector II
Chelan County Community Development 316 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
The Plans Examiner/Building Inspector position is under the direct supervision of the Building Division Manager/Building Official, or other Division Manager(s) as assigned. The Plans Examiner/Building Inspector employee performs specialized technical work in plan reviews and inspections of residential and commercial structures to assure compliance with State and County codes as they pertain to life, safety, health, structural, mechanical and energy conservation. This position requires the individual to be responsible to ensure certain standards of safety and structural quality are being met for all structures requiring permitting and inspections. This position will further be responsible for determining if construction work meets current building code requirements, organize daily schedules, answer questions, educate homeowners and builders to any corrections to meet codes, and may be assigned to other Divisions in the Department as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Examines construction drawings and specifications, geotechnical reports, structural calculations, plumbing, mechanical, energy and ventilation calculations to determine code compliance and notifies applicants in writing of plan review corrections.
- Maintains current knowledge of various codes and construction practices due to changes in building materials, building code philosophies and legislative mandates.
- Advise architects, designers, contractors and public on code and design requirements.
- Assist inspectors on code requirements; provide support to permit technicians and counter activities.
- Perform inspections of buildings and a wide variety of other structures in various stages of construction, alteration and repair; inspect foundation, concrete, framing, fire safety requirements, mechanical, plumbing, energy conservation, facility accessibility and others items.
- Perform field and office review of plans and specifications. Notify permit applicants of information required for correction of any deficiencies.
- Provide information to the public and the building industry to clarify codes and adopted standards at their request. Investigate and resolve complaints from the public.
- Keep detailed records and prepare reports of inspections, investigations and other work performed; participate in cases for legal action as necessary.
- Verify Flood Plain locations and requirements 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.
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with others.
- Work independently with little direction.
- Perform other work as assigned.
- Reading codes, plans, blueprints, specifications, drawings and other permit documents and ensuring compliance with adopted building codes and county ordinances.
- Working knowledge of current construction codes, applicable Uniform, International and County codes, and WAC amendments to State-adopted codes, local ordinances and regulations and construction manuals, and other applicable standards.
- Knowledge of building tools, materials and modern methods of building construction, alteration, repair and workmanship.
- Plans examination and review procedures.
- Field inspection methods, procedures and techniques.
- Record keeping techniques including use of personal computers & specialized software.
- Must have demonstrated oral and written communications skills.
- Must have the ability to interact with customers/public using tact, patience and courtesy.
- Research methods and report presentation.
- Ability to resolve discrepancies with appropriate code and regulations.
- Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish or bilingual desired.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Associates Degree or two year Technical Certificate in Building/Construction Technology desired, with two years of building code compliance experience associated with a variety of building and construction types; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience of five years experience in various phases of building construction, inspection work or plans preparation. Demonstrated course work or formal training in reviewing construction plans may be substituted for year's experience.
Must be able to communicate with customers and explain potential problems found during inspections, this requires means communicating effectively during stressful situations and with customers that might not want to communicate. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, square footages, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
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. Gets along with coworkers and managers. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrates honest and ethical behavior.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS
- Valid Washington State driver's license.
- Current ICC Residential Building Inspector certification.
- Current ICC Commercial Building Inspector certification, or ability to obtain certification within six months.
- Current ICC Residential Plans Examiner certification, or ability to obtain certification within twelve months.
- Current ICC Building Plans Examiner certification, or ability to obtain certification within 18 (eighteen) months.
- Must be able to successfully complete and pass background check.
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 sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or
move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision.
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.
Duties are performed indoors and outdoors under all weather condition. Conditions at construction sites may include being exposed to falling objects, loose footing, and construction equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to noisy.
Position Open Until Filled -First Review is January 21, 2020
Bargaining Unit: Teamster PTC
To Apply: Complete Chelan County Employment Application : https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/files/human-resources/New%20CHELAN%20APP%20Aug%2006%202019.pdf , supply a cover letter and resume.
Submit electronically to: email@example.com OR
By Mail :
Chelan County Human Resources
400 Douglas Street #201
Wenatchee, WA 98801