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Building Inspector, Sr.


Listing Summary

General Description and Classification Standards

 Protects the occupants of any building or dwelling unit and maintains the historic and physical character of the City of Atlanta through the life safety and building code guidelines and performing building inspections and reviewing construction plans. Duties includes but are not limited to performing a variety of tasks associated with advanced technical building inspection and preliminary plans examining work; enforcing building codes, regulations and ordinances for both residential and commercial construction, and enforcing zoning ordinances related to historic preservation and/or urban design. 

Supervision Received

 Works under very general supervision. May work independently or with other skilled or semi-skilled workers with responsibility for completion of assigned tasks. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

 These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned. Completes inspections, writes up reports on each individual job, and as required creates photographic documentation. Reviews permits and plans and examines all construction documents. Plans and implements daily inspections schedule; Operates and maintains city vehicle. Reviews plans for building inspections of residential and commercial projects for footings, site work of building location, concrete slabs, foundation walls, framing, insulations, architectural components, site plan features, building materials, building finishes, and final inspections of residential dwellings. Issues certificate of occupancy. Performs commercial building inspections of light commercial, high rise buildings, and industrial. Checks approvals of previous inspections from electrical, plumbing and Heating, Ventilation and Air[1]Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Performs footing inspections, structural inspections, insulation inspections, architectural component inspections, site plan feature inspections, and building material / finishes inspections. Performs fire life safety inspections on large and small commercial projects including sprinkler locations, fire extinguisher locations, egress compliance, emergency lighting systems, emergency generator testing, fire alarm system, sprinkler flows and tampers, pull stations, smoke detectors, visual and audible alarms devices, smoke doors, stair pressurization systems, and fire fighter phone systems. Responds to verbal and written inquiries from architects, contractors, builders, City personnel, and the general public; interprets, applies, and explains requirements and restrictions related to building codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures; develops alternative methods for compliance with requirements and restrictions. May assist with scheduling appointments and reviewing and approving plans in compliance with applicable electrical codes and ordinances. 

Decision Making

 Selects from multiple procedures and methods to accomplish tasks. Applies organizational policies. May interpret organizational policies and recommend exceptions. CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION Leadership Provided Serves as a technical resource or mentor to other employees. May lead or instruct less experienced workers in high level or technical jobs. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

 This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list. Thorough knowledge of: Complex principles and techniques of building inspection; principles of structural design and engineering mathematics; residential and commercial construction, materials and methods of construction; safety standards and methods of building construction for commercial, industrial and residential buildings; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations; zoning regulations related to historic preservation and/or urban design. Skill in organizing daily inspections, inspection files and test reports, detecting code violations within all required building construction; detecting lack of compliance with approved plans and zoning regulations related to historic preservation and/or urban design; analyzing building plans for existing and new structures for code compliance. Ability to: learn building related codes and ordinances adopted and enforced by the City, including currently adopted building codes and zoning ordinances; interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations; read and interpret complex building plans, specifications and building codes; detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices; advise on standard construction methods and requirements for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; exercise initiative making recommendations to management; communicate effectively with individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds; establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and organize and prioritize work. Proficiency in safely operating office equipment including computers. 


Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience

 High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). 2 years of specialized/technical training in building inspections and the Uniform Building Code and a minimum of three years of experience as a building inspector (or an equivalent combination of experience and training); including a minimum one year of experience in enforcing municipal or county historic preservation and/or urban design related ordinances. 

Preferred Education & Experience

 Associate degree in construction, engineering or related field or a degree in architecture, architectural engineering, or historic preservation, and three to five years of construction and/or building inspection experience including one year of experience working with residential and commercial buildings and one year of experience with enforcing municipal or county historic preservation and/or urban design related ordinances. Working knowledge of general processes and standards found in municipal or county historic preservation and/or urban design ordinances and with nationally-accepted historic preservation principles and practices. 

Licensures and Certifications

 Position would be expected to have licensure or professional certifications appropriate to the position. Required: Valid Georgia driver’s license Required: Must have an ICC Building Inspector Certification CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION 

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

 Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

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