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Dekalb County

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Building Inspector

Job Code: 51035   Salary Grade: 16   FLSA: Nonexempt

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to conduct residential and commercial structural, plumbing, and HVAC inspections.  

This classification is safety sensitive, subject to random drug testing in accordance with the County’s Drug & Alcohol Policy.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Conducts field inspections throughout the County at project sites for code compliance, including residential and commercial site installations; inspects building, framing, footing/slabs, HVAC, and plumbing installations; and reviews approved building plans and compares to actual construction to ensure compliance.

Identifies code violations and needed corrective action; writes letters to contractors, architects, engineers, and/or property owners regarding inspection findings; re-inspects after completion of required corrections/modifications; issues citations for violations; and prepares and presents evidence in Court as needed.

Approves construction activities and final products which meet building, HVAC and plumbing code requirements; and maintains inspection records and related documentation in departmental systems.

Communicates with building owners, contractors, developers, and the general public regarding codes, inspection procedures, and other issues pertaining to code compliance programs and services; responds to questions, complaints and/or requests for information; and explains and interprets division policies and procedures, ordinances and code.

Performs a variety of administrative duties in support of inspection work; makes and returns phone calls; prioritizes and schedules assigned inspections; completes daily log sheet; preparing inspection files, certification files, building permits, letters, etc.; enters information collected into database; and maintains all related records and files.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED required; three years of experience in building trades or construction; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this classification.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid State of Georgia contractors or master trades license, (Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC) or must have an International Code Council (ICC) Residential and Commercial Building Inspections (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical certifications) according to area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

Performance Aptitudes:

Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. 

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, and ratios; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

ADA Compliance:

Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and prolonged standing, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors:  Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, , temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, and toxic agents.

DeKalb County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.




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