• Senior Building Inspector

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    Community Development
    Full-Time Regular
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    The City of Eagan is hiring a Senior Building Inspector!

    Community Development/Protective Inspections

    Pay: $37.65 - $47.70 per hour, DOQ

    Full-time, Non-Exempt, Benefit Eligible


    The Senior Building Inspector examines all architectural and structural building plans and specifications for compliance with the State Building Code and other appropriate codes. This position calculates fees for building permits and assists the general public, contractors, and designers with their questions regarding building and City codes.  This position also performs building inspections to enforce building and fire codes, and gives work direction to and monitors other inspectors. 


    Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 26th @ 4:30pm (CST)


    Job Summary

    Essential Position Functions:

    • Provides work direction and monitors construction inspectors
    • Requests approval from affected City departments prior to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy for a commercial building
    • Maintains a list of pending complaints from homeowners or builders
    • Assigns complaints to inspectors and monitors the progress and closing of cases
    • Investigates disputed inspections with inspector and complainant
    • Provides feedback to supervisor regarding the status of construction projects and complaints
    • Reviews proposed plans for residential/commercial/industrial structures to ensure that they meet building, fire, plumbing, mechanical, accessibility and energy codes, as well as requirements established by the City and other agencies.  Provides written report of findings to management, applicant, design professional, and/or contractor
    • Reviews permit applications and construction documents to ensure accurate reflection of work projected.  Corrects inconsistencies, identifies necessary corrections, and recommends changes to ensure code and ordinance compliance
    • Coordinates the approval of applications, fees, and the issuance of permits with division office support personnel
    • Maintains daily inspection log and related records in an up-to-date and orderly fashion to expedite division record keeping procedures
    • Provides information and advice to the public, architects, designers, and developers regarding the interpretation of building codes to clarify requirements for construction design, materials, and practices
    • Ensures that all applicable conditions and requirements of approval have been satisfied prior to issuance of permits and that adequate records are maintained
    • Conducts inspections on all permitted construction work involving building, mechanical, accessibility, energy, plumbing and fire protection systems to assure work is performed consistent with applicable codes and ordinances
    • Conducts research for special studies as assigned relating to various functions and responsibilities of the division and develops timely and complete reports and recommendations
    • Investigates complaints filed with the City and takes appropriate action to secure correction of problem
    • Responds in a prompt, positive and courteous manner over the phone and in person to inquiries from architects and designers, developers, contractors, homeowners and others regarding building and system codes, related ordinances, policies and procedures
    • Conducts preconstruction meetings with residential, commercial, and industrial contractors to present and explain permit and inspection requirements and procedures
    • Informs supervisor and field inspectors of public inquires and requests for information or inspections that relate to their areas of accountability
    • Meets with architects, engineers, consultants, and developers to clarify code requirements for construction design, materials, and practices
    • Remains knowledgeable of current codes, ordinances, policies and procedures providing accurate framework for completion of job responsibilities
    • Keeps abreast of new materials, equipment, and practices, as well as new or changing codes to ensure a thorough understanding of the building industry and the effective and fair administration of codes
    • Informs supervisor promptly of matters which are important to the City’s interest or the public health, safety, and welfare
    • Reports to staff, information gathered at seminars and training
    • Performs building inspections at construction sites to verify compliance between plans and actual construction

    Other Position Functions:

    • Prepares code compliance, census reports, and other reports as assigned
    • Prepares and conducts education programs to contractors and homeowners on code requirements
    • Develops and coordinates public service announcements with City Communications Coordinator
    • Advises other City departments of building and mechanical operational concerns with City buildings
    • Attends Commission or City Council meetings as requested
    • Performs other duties as apparent or assigned


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Five years of experience in commercial/industrial/residential construction
    • State Certification as a Building Official or equivalent OR ability to obtain the certification within 1 year of hire
    • Valid driver's license
    • Previous experience as a municipal inspector
    • Working knowledge of State Building Code
    • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the general public, contractors, architects, and other employees
    • Must be capable of safely performing physical actions necessary to conduct inspections at, above, or below ground level of construction sites
    • Must be able to perform all essential position functions under the working conditions as described

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Five years of experience as a municipal inspector
    • Previous supervisory or lead worker experience
    • Familiarity with municipal ordinances and enforcement procedures
    • Four to five years’ apprenticeship program or two-year degree in construction field
    • At least one year of plan review experience
    • ICBO/I.C.C. certification as building inspector, combination inspector, or plans examiner
    • Journeyman or master plumbing license
    • Knowledge of computers and ability to enter inspection results


    Supervision of Others:

    • Gives work direction to other inspectors

    Work Environment/Expectations:

    • Drives City vehicle to construction sites year-round in various weather conditions, including heat, rain, snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures
    • Physically able to walk over uneven terrain (including snow and ice covered.)
    • Performs inspections at construction sites in any weather, including air temperatures to -30 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures to +110 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Performs construction inspections at, above, or below ground levels in buildings under construction
    • Able to lift and manipulate sets of building plans up to 40 pounds
    • Reviews proposed plans for residential/commercial/industrial structures


    Hours of Work:

    Municipal Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Protective Inspections has extended business hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position has the option to work the standard shift of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or a flexible shift of 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. four days a week and four hours one day during the week.

    This position is non-exempt and earns overtime pay for hours in excess of 40 per week.



    Located in the Twin Cities metro area, Eagan is home to about 68,000 people. The City operates under a Council-Administrator form of government, employing 250 regular full-time employees, and up to 400 seasonal and part-time employees.  Regarded as a great place to live, work and play, the City of Eagan prides itself on exceptional customer service and employs a stable workforce with experienced and professional staff. Areas of employment include finance, engineering, law enforcement, fire safety, parks and recreation, forestry, public works and utilities, community development, sports and fitness, arts and preschool education, etc. Visit our website to learn more at www.cityofeagan.com!


    The City of Eagan is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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