Building & Fire Inspector I

City of Tracy , California


Job Information 

Full-Time

Development Services

Entry Level

Salary/Wage 

$5,442.89 - $8,449.51 Monthly

Application Deadline 

Continuous

08/17/2020 03:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive

Details 

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Building and Fire Inspector I/II

Under supervision, this non-safety classification performs combined building and fire inspection duties for industrial, commercial, and residential properties at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances and regulations; assists in review of building and fire prevention plans and specifications; and performs other job related duties as assigned.

The Building and Fire Inspector I/II is a flexibly staffed entry/journey level class and may be filled at either level depending on qualifications.  Building and Fire Inspector II positions are normally filled by advancement from the lower level of Building and Fire Inspector I; or when filled from the outside, require prior building and fire inspection experience and possession of required building and fire inspection certificates.  Advancement from Building and Fire Inspector I to Building and Fire Inspector II, is based on satisfactory completion of a probationary period and after all experience, education, proficiency and certificate requirements are met. Incumbents in the Building and Fire Inspector I/II class receive supervision from the Supervising Building and Fire Inspector and/or the Building Official. Building and Fire Inspector I/II incumbents do not normally supervise. However, Building and Fire Inspector II incumbents may exercise functional technical supervision and training over less experienced staff as directed by their supervisor.
 
 
BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR I  is the entry/trainee level in the Building and Fire Inspector series. Incumbents are expected to initially have experience in an area such as building trades/construction/building inspector or fire inspection/fire prevention, and learn to perform duties in both building and fire inspection. Incumbents are expected to make steady progress in eventually obtaining a total of five certificates as detailed under
the Education and Experience Requirements.

BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR II is the journey level performing the full range of moderate to difficult combination building and fire inspection duties including but not limited to infrastructure, building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, operational permits, and fire prevention, suppression and alarm systems, in a variety of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.  Incumbents at this level are expected to possess five certificates at the time of hire, and ultimately to posses a total of seven certificates as detailed under the Education and Experience Requirements.
 Essential and Marginal Duties:
The Building and Fire Inspector I performs, or learns to perform, the following duties at trainee/entry level and the Building and Fire Inspector II performs the following duties at the journey level:
  • Perform combined building/fire inspections of industrial, commercial, and residential buildings, both existing and under construction to ensure compliance with provisions of various codes, ordinances and laws related to fire, building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical operational permits, state mandated inspections, accessibility, special events, development review and business operations.
  • Review documents and plans for buildings and structures to ensure compliance with all applicable fire and building codes, ordinances, laws; Review documents and plans for fire prevention, fire suppression systems and fire notification devices and systems. 
  • Issue permits for work to be performed; Confer with architects, engineers, contractors, builders, property owners and others both in the field and office; Explain and interpret fire, building and other code requirements and restrictions.
  • Investigate complaints pertaining to violations of fire and building codes and laws; Research code related issues for clarification; Assist in the code revisions/adoption process and development/revisions of relevant policies and procedures.
  • Assist in investigations related to fire origin and cause.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in building/fire code enforcement and safety provisions; attend educational/informational activities to develop increased skills and proficiency; participate in staff growth activities including training and development of lower level/trainee staff.
  • Represent the Division in various department, civic and community meetings as required; engage in public outreach opportunities.
  • Assist in development and maintenance of educational materials for the general public and staff to increase awareness of construction regulation and fire safety requirements and the benefits of code compliance in order to reduce property loss and ensure life safety benefits; participate in meetings with the public.
  • Coordinate inspection activities with other City departments and divisions and assist in the development of inspection check lists.
  • Conduct, calculate and report fire flow data for the purpose of incorporating the data into specific designs of fire suppression systems, on-site private water hydrant and operating systems; review data, plans and calculations for on-site static water supply and demand. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
 Minimum Qualifications:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Applied at the appropriate level as described under Distinguishing Characteristics
 
KNOWLEDGE OF:
All applicable Federal, State and local codes, ordinances and regulations specific to building inspection, fire inspection, protection and prevention; plan reading and review
 
Principles, practices, techniques and equipment related to fire inspection, protection, prevention; building inspection and code enforcement operations
 
Practices, procedures and equipment used in fire investigation, including recognition and collection of evidence
 
Plan reading and review techniques for construction and fire; permit process and handling of plans and related documents
 
Research methods and sources of information and reference materials related to building/fire code enforcement
 
Public presentation techniques and teaching aids; types of informational and educational materials
ABILITY TO:
Conduct comprehensive fire and building inspections; read, understand, interpret and accurately apply and enforce codes and standards related to fire and building inspections; issue corrective action with firmness and tact and keep relevant records; resolve complaints
 
Read, interpret and understand building and civil drawings and correctly apply codes and standards; review applications, plans and documents for completeness; use a scaled ruler and accurately perform mathematical computations as relates to job duties and functions
 
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of carrying out job duties and functions; Conduct oneself in a professional manner
 
Successfully conduct a fire flow test, including operation and functionality of required apparatus
 
Prepare or assist in the preparation of informational documents for the public; make presentations, use teaching aids such as power point, slides, projection, illustrations, white board
 
Manage time effectively; work independently; apply good decision making skills
 
Successfully use applicable computer programs and applications, radio, phones and other communication devices
 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
 
BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR I

Education:  High School Graduation or GED required. College level courses in fire science, fire prevention, building inspection, construction or related course work are desirable
                    
Experience: Four years of experience in the building construction
field as an inspector, contractor, journey level plumber, electrician,
carpenter or related craftsperson or four years of experience in fire prevention, fire service, fire protection installation or fire protection engineer, architect or engineer

BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR II    

Education: High School Graduation or GED required. College level courses in fire science, fire prevention, building inspection, construction or related course work are desirable

Experience: One year successfully performing increasingly difficult work in the Building and Fire Inspector I classification in the City of Tracy conducting inspections for both Fire Prevention and Building Inspection;

OR 3 years Journey Level or above experience in a comparable classification in another jurisdiction performing combined Fire Prevention and Building Inspection duties in commercial structures;

OR three years of Journey level or above experience in a public agency as a Fire Inspector AND three years of Journey level experience or above in a public agency as a Building Inspector for a total of six years' experience.
 
CERTIFICATES

BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR I
 
As a condition of continued employment, incumbents in this classification are required to possess within 6 months of hire a Building Inspection Certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC). This requirement could extend the probationary period of 6 months up to, but not more than a total of 12 months. 

NOTE: As a condition of continued employment, incumbents
are required to ultimately possess a total of five certificates: Building Inspector, and Fire Inspector I and II, as well as two certificates from among the following: Electrical Inspector, issued by the ICC; Mechanical Inspector and Plumbing Inspector both issued by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO); or CASP (Certified Access Specialist Program) issued by the Division of the State Architect. Incumbents will be granted up to 60 months, from date of hire, to secure the five certificates.

BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR II
At time of hire must possess a minimum of five certificates as follows: Building Inspector certification issued by the ICC, Fire Inspector I certification issued by the ICC, Fire Inspector II certification issued by the ICC, Two certificates from among the following: Electrical Inspector issued by the ICC; Mechanical Inspector and Plumbing Inspector issued by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO); or CASP (Certified Access Specialist Program) issued by the Division of the State Architect.
 
NOTE: As a condition of employment, incumbents in this classification are required to possess within six months of hire, one additional certification for a total of six certificates. This requirement could extend the probationary period of six months up to, but not more than a total of 12 months. 

Moreover, as a condition of employment, incumbents are required to ultimately possess a total of seven certificates: Building Inspector, Fire Inspector I and II, Electrical Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector and CASP (Certified Access Specialist Program), all from approved issuing agencies as shown above; an additional 12 months following completion of probation.
 
LICENSES

BUILDING AND FIRE INSPECTOR I AND II:  Possession of, or ability to obtain, and subsequently maintain, an appropriate, valid  California drivers' license.

Location 

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