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Building Engineering Inspector Specialist

Salary: $27.78-$33.91 hourly / $4,832-$5,898 monthly / Range: 5998

DEFINITION: Under direction, serves as a technical specialist in a particular field of plan review and building inspection activities such as electrical, structural, energy, plumbing and mechanical, or grading, or coordinates permit processing such as for large-scale energy or industrial projects; trains personnel in these specialized fields; and performs related work as required.


1. Prepares correspondence and reports; performs the more difficult inspections in a specialized field of building inspection, such as electrical, structural, energy, grading, or plumbing/mechanical.
2. Handles controversial cases involving disputes over interpretation and application of particular building codes.
3. Reviews the more complex building plans for code compliance in a particular field; coordinates processing of complex projects which require special inter-agency approval.
4. Confers with other County officials and builders, contractors, property owners, engineers, architects and others on permit review and approval and on inspection procedures and problems.
5. Represents the County at meetings and conferences related to the specialty area.
6. Develops and conducts training for inspection staff in areas of special expertise.
7. Meets with contractors and industry to implement new code requirements.
8. Investigates substandard conditions of building and works with owner and County to abate violations.


1. Four years of complex and progressively responsible experience in the design, engineering, inspection or permit coordination in a specialized field of building construction; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Building Engineering Inspector III with Santa Barbara County assigned to a specialized field of inspection supplemented by training course work in the specialty field; or,
3. possession of an I.C.B.O. or equivalent certificate as specialty inspector in the appropriate area, and two years of experience in an inspection specialty; and specialized training in that specialty; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Certification by I.C.B.O. as a specialty inspector must be obtained within one year of appointment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required

Knowledge of: general methods and materials used in a construction specialty; codes and ordinances and state and local laws relating to a specialized field of construction; basic inspection methods.

Ability to: read, interpret, and review complex plans and specifications relating to a specialized field of building construction; enforce building codes and related laws; prepare clear written reports; train and impart specialized knowledge to Building Division personnel; interact effectively with the public and secure the cooperation of persons in the construction industry; represent the Building and Development Division in the specialty field in meetings and to other County agencies; and learn and operate a computer.

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