Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description

The City of Littleton is looking for a Combination Inspector I - II. The Combination Inspector performs inspections of buildings and structures to verify compliance with the International Building Codes.  These inspections include those for buildings under construction and/or undergoing remodeling.  Building types include commercial, industrial and residential.

The City of Littleton has a comprehensive benefits package including generous vacation and sick time, retirement matching and a dedicated employee clinic, to name a few!

Hiring Salary Range:
Combination Inspector I: $22.02 - $27.50
Combination Inspector II: $25.29 - $31.59
 

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

  • Operates a City vehicle and conducts daily building inspections at construction sites of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings including remodels to determine compliance with model building codes according to an established inspection schedule. 
  • Provides the builder or contractor representative with a written inspection report (acceptance or deficiency report) and a notice of any corrections necessary to insure the construction is completed in accordance with the appropriate model codes.  Re-inspects construction as required.  Performs field inspections and plan reviews on all permitted projects and verifies that the project is constructed as per the approved plans and conforms to the model building codes.
  • Prepares records of inspection requests and fills out reports for field inspectors.  Inputs inspections information into computer.
  • Prepares a daily work schedule and maintains a daily inspection log of activities and  enters inspection activities into computer records.  Issues stop work orders on projects that require but lack a building permit.
  • Reviews construction plans for compliance with applicable building codes and may assist with issuance of building permits, as required.
  • Answers questions by telephone and in person regarding the technical requirements of the appropriate model codes from builders, contractors, subcontractors, individual homeowners, and other customers.
  • Greets visitors.  Visitors/customers include builders, contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, general public, and City staff members.
  • Prepares letters to customers regarding model code requirements and inspection results.
  • Explains laws, ordinances, and adopted codes to builders, contractors, design professionals, property owners, and the general public and member of City staff.
  • Communicates with angry and/or uncooperative citizens and contractors; works with builders and the public to resolve problems.
  • Schedules courtesy appointments with citizens at their property concerning any code requirements or construction practices that pertain to property or projects.
  • Answers questions at the service counter;. manages and routes telephone calls.
  • Issues permits, contractor licenses, certificates of occupancy, and generally helps with office duties.
  • Observes and follows established City and department policies and procedures in the daily conduct of the job.
  • Plans and arranges an inspection work schedule involving plumbing, mechanical, and electrical and establishes priorities to complete scheduled, assigned work within parameters assigned by the supervisor.  Coordinates work with other departments that include engineering, planning, zoning, landscaping, fire, business and industry, police, and streets.
  • Delivers work products and services to customers within assigned work schedule.  Work schedule may occasionally require work beyond 5:00 p.m. or on Saturdays.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.

Education, Formal Training & Experience

  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Requires possession of an ICC (International Code Council) Building Inspector Certificate, or a Master Electrician License or a Master Plumbers License upon hire;
  • Requires possession of a valid Colorado Driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated; or
  • Requires an equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of the position.
 
COMBINATION INSPECTOR I:
  • Requires 1-3 industry certifications or licenses.
  • Requires a minimum of one years' previous work experience in building inspection, construction plans design, review, or inspection; construction or an inspection-related position; and
 
COMBINATION INSPECTOR II:
  • Requires 4 or more industry certifications or licenses and a minimum of 3 (three) years of progressive responsible experience as a combination building inspector.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • and blueprints; reads, understands, and effectively interprets model codes in order to determine compliance of proposed and actual construction with the requirements of the applicable uniform model codes.
  • Requires expert interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; the ability to effectively interact and communicate with individuals of varying social, cultural, economic, professional, and educational backgrounds including those who may be angry, skeptical, argumentative, or disagreeable; the ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion; the ability to effectively work with individuals under stressful conditions; and the ability to maintain confidentiality of matters as appropriate.
  • Requires the ability to establish and conduct verbal communications through speaking and hearing; efficiently and effectively deal with frequent interruptions and requests for assistance; and effectively prioritizes work efforts and schedules to accomplish assigned work on a timely basis.
  • Requires expert knowledge of applicable model International codes, including but not limited to, the Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Code; the National Electric Code; and the ability to apply this knowledge while reviewing planned (blueprint or sketch) construction and inspecting actual construction.
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to operate a personal computer with appropriate software as demonstrated by prior use of a computer and word processing software, pre-employment testing, and demonstrated on-the-job performance.
  • Ability to operate the following equipment and machines as demonstrated by previous work experience, pre-employment testing, or demonstrated on-the-job performance:  personal computer; telephone; photocopier, fax; typewriter; assigned City vehicle with two-way radio; and extension ladders.
  • Basic knowledge of principles of government regulation and the ability to read, interpret, apply, and communicate the requirements of selected provisions of the City charter, and applicable regulations to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • The following mental abilities are needed to perform the essential duties of this position:  alertness, precision, imagination, ingenuity, auditory discrimination, speaking, problem-solving, memory, reasoning, creativity, concentration, judgment, time management, organizing, multi-task ability, initiative, patience, analytic ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, tactile discrimination, aesthetic sense, olfactory discrimination, writing ability, and visual discrimination.
  • Ability to use mathematical reasoning is necessary to perform essential job duties.
  • Ability to utilize analytical skills and apply results.
  • Ability to speak one or more foreign languages is helpful, particularly Spanish.
  • Ability to work with minimal or no supervision using background information and knowledge to handle problems and situation.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
  • Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required.
  • Physical activities include frequently lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds; as well as the following physical activities:  climbing stairs and ladders, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, talking, hearing, smelling, and seeing.
  • The majority of the work is performed outdoors that includes exposure to adverse weather conditions; unprotected noise exposure up to 130 decibels (use of protective hearing devices is mandatory during construction inspections in close proximity to gasoline engine or electric powered tools and equipment to reduce noise exposure to permissible OSHA exposure levels); exposure to construction equipment and debris, fumes, odors, dusts, mechanical and electrical hazards; poor ventilation; exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals including acids and solvents.  Use of eye protection is mandatory for all work inspections in proximity to gasoline engine or electric powered tools and equipment and other work inspection activities presenting eye injury hazards such as hammering, sawing, and spraying.  Works in low and bright light conditions; requires near and far vision acuity and depth perception.

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