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Building Engineering Inspector

Salary: $22.19-$27.10 hourly / $3,860-$4,713 monthly / Range: 5548

DEFINITION: Under direct supervision, learns and assists in building and grading inspection, reviewing plans, and processing permits; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Building Engineering Inspector I is the entry-level class in which incumbents learn and assist in building and grading inspection, reviewing of plans, and other related permit processing work. Incumbents receive close supervision and are expected to obtain sufficient knowledge and proficiency to progress to the journey level.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Assists applicants in completing building and grading permit applications; answers questions regarding building code construction requirements at the public counter and on the phone.
2. Reviews plans of residential accessory buildings for code compliance.
3. Calculates fees for residential buildings; studies technical materials related to codes and their interpretation; keeps necessary records of permits and fees.
4. Assists building engineering inspectors with inspection of buildings being constructed and grading projects; assists in inspecting substandard structures for violations of housing, building, health, and zoning codes/ordinances; may assist in preparing documentation and supplying evidence for prosecution of cases related to such violations.
5. Learns to read plans and specifications to assure code compliance.
6. Participates in training courses and conferences.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Certification by a recognized agency in building inspection; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Building Permit Technician with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. two years of building construction experience that demonstrates knowledge of construction plans and the Uniform Building Codes; or,
4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Certification by a recognized agency in building inspection is required within one year of appointment as a condition of continued employment.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: general building construction methods and materials; the significance and purpose of design requirements; construction plans; Uniform Building Codes; and basic arithmetic.

Ability to: read and interpret building and grading plans and specifications; learn, apply, and interpret building codes and grading regulations; learn and apply methods and system of legal enforcement and prosecution; learn to use personal computers; deal effectively with the public to secure cooperation and maintain good relationships; maintain objectivity and impartiality; and make arithmetic calculations.



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