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					                                        GLOUCESTER COUNTY
                                          JOB DESCRIPTION

                               JOB TITLE: COMBINATION INSPECTOR
                                CODES COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

                                   GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under limited supervision, performs advanced technical work in the inspection of one or more of the
building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings
and structures during various stages of construction, alteration, renovation and/or repair. Employee must
also exercise considerable tact, courtesy and firmness in dealing with contractors, property owners and the
general public. Reports to the Building Official.



Performs residential, commercial, industrial building and structure inspections for compliance with the
USBC, County ordinances, and related state laws.

Performs residential, commercial, industrial plumbing inspections or compliance with the USBC, County
ordinances, and related state laws.

Performs residential, commercial, industrial mechanical inspections or compliance with the USBC, County
ordinances, and related state laws.

Prepares inspection reports, completes inspection and plan review checklists and records such reports
and/or documents.

Answers code related questions from design professionals, contractors, builders and private citizens, both
over the phone and in person.

Takes inspection requests over the telephone, in person and from call-in line and prepares inspection
request forms.

Assists designers, contractors, builders and private citizens with code requirements and interpretations;
provides helpful handouts and/or necessary forms, documents, etc. Directs them to proper departments or
agencies for help an/or assistance.

Investigates complaints with regard to defective construction.

Testifies in court in code violation cases, as necessary.

Attends and participates in meetings, or prepares correspondence, with builders and contractors to advise
them of code changes and violations at construction sites.

Performs property maintenance inspections, per USBC, and enforcement of same.


Performs limited residential erosion and sediment control inspections.

Attends code update training as mandated by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community
Development and other relative job related training as directed by the Building Official.
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Attends regional Virginia Building and Code Officials Association monthly meetings, in addition to regional
plans examiners meetings.

Assists building official in periodic contractor code update classes.

Compose and types material, which requires use of a variety of formats for preparing correspondence,
reports, memos, etc.; assumes responsibility for correctness of spelling, punctuation, format and grammar.

Performs other related work as required.

                             MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from high school, supplemented by college courses in engineering, construction management
or architecture and 5 to 7 years experience in construction work and inspections; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

                                     SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Employee must possess ICC or DHCH certifications as Combination Inspector One & Two Family Dwelling
and Combination Inspector General. Must obtain Department of Conservation and Recreation certification
as an Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector within two years of employment and. Employee must
possess a valid driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employee is required to have a
pre-employment, post-offer physical examination and may be subject to subsequent physical examinations
to ensure he/she meets job-related physical requirements.


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment
including copiers, computers and or other electronic devices, two-way radios, levels, measuring gauges,
circuit testers, soil probes, meters, hand tools, etc. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must
be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a
negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are for those for
Light Work.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional,
structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data,
people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or
exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments or directions from superiors.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, permits, diagrams,
etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, records, certificates of occupancy, stop work orders, etc., using
prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the
ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems,
collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical
instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete

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Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral
and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or
professional languages including engineering, architectural and construction terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply
and divide; utilize decimals and percentages.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately for driving a
vehicle, and in using office equipment and hand tools.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to coordinate finger, eye and hand with considerable speed and
accuracy. Can manipulate items such as hand tools, electrical devices, and construction instruments.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving
instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under varied levels of stress.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas
by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate
via telephone.

                                   PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Has general knowledge of sound engineering and construction practices. Has
considerable knowledge of modern building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction practices,
materials and equipment of the various stages of construction when violations and defects should be
observed and corrected. Has considerable knowledge of State and local ordinances and codes
administered through the County. Has considerable knowledge of the approved methods and practices
involved in the installation, construction, repair and maintenance of a variety of mechanical equipment.
Has general knowledge of the geographical layout of the County. Is able to detect and locate defective
workmanship in construction or repair of buildings. Is able to interpret blueprints, diagrams, specifications,
codes and building regulations. Is able to interpret code requirements for all phases of construction. Is able
to deal tactfully and firmly with contractors, property owners and the general public. Is able to physically
maneuver on scaffolds, structural members and in cramped quarters to accomplish thorough inspections.
Is able to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the general public, contractors,
and County personnel. Is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by
work assignments.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises
immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains
high quality communication and interacts within departments, and with co-workers and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described
under "Specific Duties and Responsibilities."

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines. Completes
assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, County policy, standards and
prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human
and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to County policies and procedures regarding absences
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and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job
responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and
acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as
they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to
problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and
procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems,
situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of
same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified,
i.e., poor communications, variance with County policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and
recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and within the

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with supervisors and staff for mutual and department
benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all department employees. Develops and maintains
cooperative and courteous relationships with department employee and managers in other departments,
representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to maintain good will toward the
department and project a good department image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions
and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the department.
Interacts effectively with fellow employees, supervisor, professionals and the general public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of
work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates
expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends
meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with
priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the County
and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly

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