Building Inspector

Town of Blacksburg   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 17, 2021
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General Definition of Work

Performs difficult skilled technical work performing field inspections and re-inspections of residential, commercial and industrial facilities for compliance with building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes, and related work as apparent or assigned.  Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Building Official.

Typical hours required for position:
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Rotating on call after hours 

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Inspects new and existing residential structures, out-buildings and commercial buildings for code compliance and safety.
  • Researches products and procedures to determine code compliance.
  • Enters necessary reports and records regarding daily inspections into computer system.
  • Organizes daily inspection schedules.
  • Assists and advises contractors and others regarding building codes.
  • Reviews plans for code compliance in order to issue building permits.
  • Attends training to maintain required certifications and tracks certification status
  • Available for after hours emergencies in rotation with other Division staff

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of all types of building construction materials and methods and stages of construction; thorough knowledge of state building and related codes, laws and ordinances; ability to foresee possible violations or defects; ability to detect poor workmanship, inferior materials and hazards of fire and collapse; ability to read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints accurately and to compare them with construction in process; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to contact property owners, contractors and the public and effect satisfactory working relationships.
Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED and considerable experience in the construction industry, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements
Combination Residential Inspector; Combination Building Inspector; Fire Protection, Erosion and Sediment Control and Property Maintenance Certifications required within two years of hire.
Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a satisfactory driving record.


Physical Requirements

This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force ; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, climbing or balancing, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling and repetitive motions and frequently standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, pushing or pulling and lifting; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm's length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather), exposure to the risk of electrical shock and exposure to vibration; also includes work in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

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