Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector/Plan Reviewer

Department: Land Use Services

Supervised By: Land Use Services Director

Supervises: No supervisory responsibility

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Land Use Services Director or other supervisory personnel as assigned, is responsible for plan review and inspection of new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential structures for compliance with the approved documents and building code requirements. Ensures full compliance with state codes for new construction, additions, and alterations. Assists contractors and the general public with information regarding mechanical and plumbing code related matters.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions.  These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Performs complex plan reviews to including examining construction plans and specifications and blueprints of commercial and residential building projects to ensure compliance with and/or violation of construction code provisions and other pertinent codes and regulations related to mechanical and plumbing systems.
  2. Conducts inspections of building sites to ensure compliance with local and state building and mechanical and plumbing codes. Inspects materials and construction to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications, and inspects all aspects of mechanical and plumbing systems.
  3. Seeks compliance where standards are not met, advises corrections, issues violation notices as needed, and performs re-inspections to determine actions taken to bring the structure into compliance with standards.
  4. Gives approval of on-site conditions for temporary and permanent certificates of occupancy.
  5. Responds to inquiries from property owners, contractors, other governmental entities, architects, developers, business owners, and the general public regarding code interpretation, clarification of department policies and procedures, violation complaints, and general information. Provides information and advice regarding building code requirements and construction procedures and offers assistance in making applications for permits. 
  6. Reviews records of permits issued and denied inspection requirements needed, complaints and their investigation, and prepares reports and correspondence.
  7. Assists the Director in office management and file organization and maintenance. Assists in organizing and coordinating office procedures, operations, and resources to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  8. Reviews building permit fees for completeness and accuracy; applies penalties or adjustments per department policy.
  9. Coordinates inspector schedules and appointments.
  10. Responds to public inquiries in a tactful and informed manner seeking solutions to code issues within the legal framework.
  11. Keeps abreast of legislative and regulatory developments and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Maintains required certifications. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate to keep current on the latest methods and techniques in building trades, housing, and code inspection and enforcement.
  12. Performs other duties as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by college or vocational training in plumbing and construction management and five years of progressively more responsible experience in performing plumbing and mechanical inspections. Licensed as a journey plumber with two years of experience as a licensed journey plumber and meets further requirements for application for registration with the State of Michigan as an Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector according to the State Construction Code Act (54 pf the Public Acts of 1986).
  • The county, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • State of Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector and Plan Reviewer licensures.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of mechanical and plumbing system inspections and building construction.
  • Considerable knowledge of performing mechanical and plumbing inspections, applicable building codes, general plan review for residential and/or light commercial structures, reading blueprints and architectural plans, maintaining detailed and accurate records, and applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.Good working knowledge of zoning administration and related interpretations.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data and preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with county employees, contractors to the county, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, database use and the ability to learn new software programs applicable to the position.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, climb stairs, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to communicate by telephone, read regular and small print, use limited mobility in an office setting, and view and prepare documents and reports. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, and crawl as necessary to observe building components. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both indoors and outdoors and regularly travels between work sites using a motor vehicle. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to loud.

Employment Conditions/Benefits:

For purposed of the Fair Labor Standards Act, this is a “non-exempt” position.

This is a part-time position and is eligible for some pro-rated fringe benefits including the County health insurance and retirement programs.

Hours:  30 hours per week

2019 Salary:  $20.02 per hour (*Depending on Qualifications)


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