Distinguishing Features of the Class:
This work involves inspection, enforcement and plan review duties in assisting the Chief Building Official in securing compliance with municipal ordinances and state laws. This position involves inspecting electrical installations and examining new and old structures for safety and conformity with various state and local codes. Work is performed independently in the field and decision made requiring technical discretion and judgment.
- Serves as a visible representative of all staff of the Town of Southington while performing all work-related duties at all times.
- Makes inspections of wiring and electrical installations in residences, business, public and other buildings and applications for erection, alteration, repair, removal and demolition for compliance with legal requirements.
- Advises contractors & homeowners of codes, laws and regulations via direct communication and communication by phone and email.
- Inspects residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in process of constructions, alteration or repair for compliance with building Code regulations at specific points in the progress.
- Investigate complaints and obtains evidence as to CT State Building Code violations or other hazardous conditions
- Issues verbal and written orders for the corrections of Code violations or deviations, ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially. This includes hazards and defects in materials or workmanship follows up to ensure compliance.
- Prepares reports covering inspections made, conditions found, provide applicable Code sections, actions taken and recommendations for future action
- Assists Administrative Staff when necessary and performs administrative work as needed.
- Utilizes town issued cellular phone and tablets while in field to coordinate work with customers and staff and uploads inspections and related reporting in real time for efficiency purposes.
- Competes other assignments as necessary and directed by the Building Official and/or the Assistant Building Official.
This position faces exposure to extremes in weather when performing inspection. Additionally, Inspectors may walk on unstable ground and/or flooring. These types of environments command observance to varying types of environment.
Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
Inspectors must demonstrate the following:
- Must possess superior customer service skills with an emphasis on the ability to clearly communicate code requirements in an objective and educationally focused delivery.
- Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques of the electrical trade, building construction, plumbing and heating work.
- Thorough knowledge of applicable codes, reference standards, municipal ordinances, state laws and other related regulations
- Ability to read and interpret rough and finished building construction plans and specifications and to recognize deviations from such plans in the construction process.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with builders, architects, property owners, representatives of the State and municipal government, along with the general public.
- Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
- Inspectors shall attend a minimum of thirty (30) hours of approved continuing education programs over consecutive three-year periods or as mandated by licensures.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook Mail
- Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, permitting software and data management including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Valid CT State Driver License
- Inspectors must be a high school or equivalent graduate with greater than three (3) years employment in building construction, architecture, civil engineering, or allied field. Applicant must hold and maintain both Connecticut Electrical Contractor’s license (E1) and State of Connecticut Electrical Inspector’s license.