Structural Inspector
City of Parkland, FL - Parkland, FL

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The person in this position is responsible for inspecting all structural installations and alterations in buildings and structures and enforcing city, county, state, and Federal codes and regulations relating to the structural phase of building construction and use. Work is performed under the general direction of the Chief Structural Inspector.

Functions & Duties:

As Structural Inspector:
  • Performs tasks outlined below under the direction of the Building Official, within the defined political boundaries of the City of Parkland or other areas only as permitted by interlocal agreement.
  • Performs inspections of all structural components, including work and materials, used or installed in new construction, additions, alterations, or repairs as listed in FBC BCAP section 109.2.
  • Prepares written comments on installations found to be deficient, based on code, and ensures completion of corrections prior to approval.
  • Assists in resolving problems or answering questions by interaction with contractors, owners, builders, Building Official, inspectors, etc.
  • Assists in the investigation of complaints of defective structural installations which are reported as safety or other hazards; notifies the responsible person of defects and issues oral and written instructions for correction.
  • Attends training classes, meetings and seminars in order to maintain certification.
  • Participates with all staff members in pre-hurricane preparations and post-storm recovery efforts.
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.
  • Must be able to meet the certification requirements of the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals as found in Chapter 1 of the Broward County Administrative Provisions of the Florida Building Code.
  • Certified or able to be certified by the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, State of Florida, in the category sought.
  • Advanced knowledge of computer and technical skills including mathematics with the use of complex drawings, specifications, charts, tables, and various types of precision measuring instruments.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and materials involved in designing, constructing, and installing a variety of structural systems and equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Florida Building Code, NFPA and ANSI Standards, NRTL acceptance programs, and general construction codes.
  • Knowledge of OSHA standards, rules, and regulations.
  • Possess a valid state of Florida driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • See Chapter 1 of the Broward County Administrative Provisions of the Florida Building Code for experience requirements.
  • Ability to take direction from supervisors and implement plans, policies and practices as directed.
  • Ability to refine existing planning and building practices to improve both quality and quantity of work output.
  • Skill in applying knowledge of the Florida Building Code, and all other applicable codes.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare reports and to maintain records.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans, specifications, blueprints, engineering, and wiring diagrams and to determine deviation from plan during the construction process.
  • Ability to make decisions, recognizing established precedents and practices, and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems.
  • Ability to read and interpret structural plans and specifications; ability to read, understand and explain codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, train and direct inspectors in the conduct of a coordinated inspection program.
  • Ability to provide instruction and training to inspectors and contractors in the implementation of code changes.
  • Ability to research code and standards effectively to develop code interpretations.
  • Ability to plan and organize work load and to adjust assignments when necessary.
  • Ability to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
  • Ability to detect and locate defective electrical systems.
  • Ability to perform on-site inspections which may require access where limited space is available.
  • Ability to follow oral and written assignments and to ascertain facts through investigation.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to consult with building owners, contractors, crafts persons, and others in interpreting and securing compliance with the code.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, officials, and the public.

Working Conditions:

• The work environment is inside an air conditioned office but requires frequent trips outside City buildings to construction sites.
• The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee is required to walk, use hands to operate, finger, handle, or feel objects or controls, reach with hands and arms, and safely use a ladder.
• The employee is required to conduct field visits on a regular basis; exposure to the hot sun and outdoor elements will occur.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.