Building Codes Inspector
City of Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro, TN

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DEFINITION : A Codes Inspector Trainee is a combination inspector responsible for the enforcement of construction codes and other pertinent laws and ordinances. This position requires an individual who possesses knowledge of construction and the ability to obtain the following State of Tennessee Certifications within two (2) years of employment: Commercial and Residential Building Inspector, Commercial and Residential Mechanical Inspector and Commercial and Residential Plumbing Inspector. Within the first twelve (12) months of employment the employee must have obtained at least the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certification and either the Residential Plumbing Inspector or the Residential Mechanical Inspector Certifications. This position also requires a person who possesses the personal disposition and psychological qualities necessary to work well with the public and other employees. This employee will work under the supervision of the Director of the Building and Codes Department. All employees are responsible to the City Manager. This position is classified as Non-Exempt for the purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. As Safety-Sensitive, the employee is subject to pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident (incident), random, promotion and transfer, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. The Director may move an employee from Codes Inspector Trainee to Codes Inspector classification after the employee obtains all of the required State of Tennessee certifications, has a minimum of twelve (12) months employment with the City, and meets all required knowledge, skills and abilities of the Codes Inspector position.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB :

Conducts building, plumbing, mechanical, gas, sign and property maintenance inspections as prescribed by the regulatory codes and established policies and procedures. Notifies contractor/owner of deficiencies found; completes “Notice of Correction” forms. Conducts re-inspections to verify compliance and prepares daily report of inspections and investigations.

Reports any unresolved outstanding conditions to the Assistant Director or Director for resolution.

Obtains technical and professional reports from contractors, engineers, and testing agencies when required by the regulatory codes or where required by the Director as prescribed by code.

Assists with investigations and enforcement of contractor licensing laws of the city and state.

Removes illegal signs placed in the right of way or on city property.

Issues citations in accordance with applicable laws including TCA 6-54-117 – Citations.

Prepares and testifies in civil cases and administrative hearings.

Works with contractors to solve unusual construction problems; confers with the Assistant Director or Director as necessary to ensure compliance.

Confers with the Assistant Director or Director in resolving work-related problems of a technical or administrative nature.

Operates a motor vehicle for the purpose of traveling to, from and on construction sites, both improved and unimproved.

Attends educational training sessions for a minimum of 36 hours every three (3) years as required to maintain Commercial and Residential Building, Commercial and Residential Mechanical and Commercial and Residential Plumbing inspection certifications in accordance with state law, TCA 68-120-113 and 68-120-118(a)(2).

Work is typically performed standing, walking, and sitting; however, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing stairs and ladders and lifting arms overhead, traversing rough and uneven terrain, enter and maneuver in confined spaces, and lifting objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is required on an intermittent basis.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED :

Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES :

Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

High School diploma or GED equivalent required.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States of America.

Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.

Must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, entered a plea of nolo contendere to, or received judicial diversion for any:

sexual offense, or have been placed on a sex offender registry, regardless of the amount of time since the offense (Examples of sexual offenses include, but are not limited to, child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure.);

violent felony, regardless of the amount of time since the offense (Examples of violent felony offenses include, but are not limited to, murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary.);

violent misdemeanor offense or city ordinance violation relating to force or violence within the past five (5) years;

any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to theft, dishonesty, gambling, or embezzlement within the past ten (10) years;

felony offense relating to possession, manufacture, or sale of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues or drug paraphernalia within the past ten (10) years;

misdemeanor offense involving use, or possession of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues or drug paraphernalia or felony use of a controlled substance or controlled substance analogues within the past three (3) years; or,

misdemeanor offense involving DUI/DWI or alcohol within the past three (3) years.

Must have at least two (2) years of experience as a contractor, engineer, architect, or as a superintendent, foreman, or competent mechanic in charge of construction.

Must possess or have the ability to obtain a driver’s license valid in the State of Tennessee and reliable transportation, with the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of traveling to, from and on construction sites, both improved and unimproved.

Must maintain automobile liability insurance on vehicle used to perform job duties for City of Murfreesboro of at least $100,000 single limit and $300,000 aggregate, or such other amount as city-wide policies may require in the future.

Must be certified as a Commercial and Residential Building Inspector and Residential Mechanical or Residential Plumbing Inspector with the State of Tennessee within one (1) year of employment in accordance with TCA 68-120-113(a) and 68-120-118(a)(2). Failure to obtain these certifications within one (1) year of employment and all six (6) required certifications within two (2) years shall be conclusive proof of unsatisfactory job performance and shall result in termination of employment. (Note: These certifications shall remain a job requirement even if State requirements decrease. Additionally employee shall, within a reasonable time, be required to meet any new additional State requirements.)

Must be recertified by the State of Tennessee as a Commercial and Residential Building, Commercial and Residential Mechanical and Commercial and Residential Plumbing Inspector every three (3) years with continuing education required under TCA 68-120-113(b) and 68-120-118(a)(2). Failure to obtain recertification every three (3) years shall result in termination of employment.

Must properly enforce the codes as prescribed in TCA 68-120-113(d). Failure to properly enforce the codes may result in State Fire Marshal’s revocation of certification. Intentional failure to enforce the codes that pose an immediate danger to the life, safety or welfare of another is a Class B misdemeanor. Loss of certification shall result in termination of employment.

Must possess knowledge of or ability to learn methods and practices of building construction, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems.

Must possess ability to rapidly learn adopted codes and ordinances.

Must possess ability to learn to properly interpret and apply appropriate codes to given situations.

Must possess ability to learn to discuss, explain, and interpret code requirements.

Must possess ability to learn to detect deviations from codes and effectively communicate corrective action in writing.

Must possess the physical ability to climb stairs and ladders and lift arms overhead, walk two (2) miles on a daily basis, traverse rough and debris-strewn ground and floor areas, enter and maneuver in confined spaces and negotiate similar situations which may be found at inspection sites.

Must possess ability to read, write and effectively communicate with the public and co-workers in English as required in the performance of the job.

Must possess good judgment and excellent human relation skills.

Must possess ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions.

Must possess mental and physical ability to work independently.

Must possess ability to read and interpret plans and specifications accurately.

Must possess ability to properly operate office equipment such as multi-line telephones, facsimile machines, calculators, computers, and copy machines.

Must possess ability to properly and safely operate inspection equipment such as a level, twelve (12) foot ladder and lift arms overhead, telescoping survey pole, 100 foot measuring tape, measuring wheel, architectural and engineering scales.

Must possess ability to effectively communicate on two-way radio system, being courteous and considerate.

Must possess ability to be courteous and considerate, efficient and prompt in dealing with the public and co-workers.

Must possess ability to appear for work on time, to complete assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time and to perform the duties of the job for a complete workday. Some occasional overtime required.

Must possess ability to learn and follow City policies and regulations.

Must possess ability to learn and comply with Departmental rules and regulations, policies and procedures.

Must possess ability to establish and maintain effective, harmonious, cooperative, and productive working relationship with building owners, contractors and co-workers.

Must possess ability to concentrate and accomplish tasks despite interruptions.

Must possess ability to perform a variety of tasks simultaneously.

Must possess good reputation and ability to demonstrate honesty, integrity, and impartiality.

Must possess ability to maintain accurate time sheets and submit them to a designated supervisor in a timely manner.

Work is typically performed standing, walking, and sitting; however, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing stairs and ladders and lifting arms overhead, traversing rough and uneven terrain, enter and maneuver in confined spaces, and lifting objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is required on an intermittent basis.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

EQUIPMENT/JOB LOCATION :

A Codes Inspector Trainee must have the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as well as use modern inspection and office equipment including, but not limited to, a level, twelve (12) foot ladder and lift arms overhead, 100 foot measuring tape, measuring wheel, architectural and engineering scales, two-way radio, personal computer, calculator, copier, facsimile machine, and multi-line telephone system.

The job location is in the Building and Codes Department. Work performed will be both indoors and outdoors, with primary work performed outdoors regardless of weather conditions.

All City facilities and vehicles are tobacco free.

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