Job Vacancy Building Inspector II (Senior, Mechanical/Plumbing/Gas) Guilford County

Job title: Building Inspector II (Senior, Mechanical/Plumbing/Gas)

Company: Guilford County

Job description: Description

General Statement of Duties

Performs inspection work to secure compliance with mechanical, plumbing and/or gas codes. Works under the direction and supervision of a Chief Building Inspector.

Distinguishing Features of The Class

An employee in this class specializes in performing building, electrical, or plumbing, mechanical, and heating inspections. Work involves inspecting residential and commercial construction, renovations, additions, mobile homes and existing buildings to certify that work – electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, and associated materials and methods are in compliance with applicable codes. The employee has the responsibility for securing compliance with regulations when violations are found. Considerable tact, courtesy and firmness are required as the employee works independently in the field and has constant contact with contractors, property owners and the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Chief Building Inspector and is reviewed for proper interpretation and enforcement of applicable laws and code requirements. This class is distinguished from the Building Inspector by the responsibility for performing inspections both in the area of specialization and one other inspection area, and may complete complex plans review work, and may assist the Chief Building Inspector in any administrative and/or management capacity. In the absence of the Chief Building Inspector, some Senior Building Inspectors must assume all duties, responsibilities, and regulatory authority.

Examples of Duties


Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Inspects heating and plumbing installations and fixtures on new or remodeled construction sites and examines for workmanship and proper use of materials; notifies responsible parties of defects found and re-inspects to determine if corrective measures have been made.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with plumbing and heating laws and codes.
  • Assists and advises contractors, builders, plumbers, electricians and others regarding pertinent codes and regulations; provides information to the public concerning existing codes and regulations.
  • Discusses sub-standard conditions found with the owner, builder, and/or sub-contractor and explains the importance of adjusting the conditions voluntarily; conducts follow-up inspections and notes changes made; recommends formal actions for non-compliance when necessary.
  • Maintains records of inspections and prepares related reports.
  • Performs work during emergency/disaster situations.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and procedures involved in the installation and maintenance of plumbing, heating and cooling systems or electrical wiring.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local codes and regulations pertaining to plumbing and heating inspections and to the employee’s level of certification in each area.
  • Ability to detect and locate defective workmanship in electrical and plumbing and heating systems and in building construction.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to compare them with work while in progress.
  • Ability to express code requirements clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with contractors, property owners and the general public.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school or GED equivalency and five years of experience in the plumbing, gas and/or mechanical trade(s) including at least five years of inspections experience. Must possess a Level III State Inspection Certificate in at least one of the trade areas.

Special Requirements

Possession of a Level III State Inspection Certificate in the specified trades area(s). Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver License.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions. Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Working Conditions

Work is both sedentary (typical of an office environment) and non-sedentary which includes activities of walking, standing, climbing, and moving about over uneven terrain at construction sites.

Driving is Essential

Driving is an essential requirement of this position whether driving a County owned or personal vehicle to conduct county business. Motor Vehicle Reports may be verified for valid driver’s license and that the driving record is compatible with the county’s driving criteria. If a personal vehicle is operated for county business proper insurance is maintained as per Guilford County’s vehicle use policy.

Special Note

This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.

Expected salary: $60000 – 70000 per year

Location: Greensboro, NC

Job date: Sun, 03 Jul 2022 04:56:28 GMT

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