Solar Inspector

Institute for Building Technology and Safety
Ashburn, VA
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
Accountant, IT
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Position/Title: Residential Solar Quality Assurance (QA) Inspector FSLA Status: TBD Department: Institute for Building Technology and Safety Reports To: IBTS Energy Services Project ManagerLocation: MA, MD, PA, DE, HI, FL, CA, NM and UT The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Residential Solar QA Inspector performs quality assurance inspection services and reporting of residential solar system installations to ensure compliance with product manufacturers' installation instructions, building/electrical/mechanical/plumbing codes and standards, and industry best practices. A person in this position is expected to demonstrate :Expertise in quality assurance systems, with a strong knowledge of Photovoltaic (PV) technologies and installation practices. Knowledge as to the application of corresponding building, electrical and fire codes. Professionalism in customer relations with all levels of clients and coworkersThe ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders, and the ability to successfully complete projects ontime and within budget. SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED: Receives general direction from the IBTS Solar Project Manager - Energy Services ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Schedule and perform Solar QA inspections as assigned by IBTS Ensure that inspections are performed within turnaround times as determined by IBTS. Perform quality assurance inspections/audits of residential solar system installations. Inspect properties and materials for compliance with plans, specifications, and manufacturers' requirements. Document the audit with a full photo taken to illustrate all findings on-site, and provide descriptions of any issues which have noted deficiencies and require corrective action. Complete applicable inspection forms and submit along with photos within 3 days of inspection completion. Maintain data on residential PV and ST products, installation instructions, test methods and other documents as deemed appropriate for the work. Must stay continually educated in solar product changes and code requirements.Participate in training and bimonthly meetings as provided or directed by IBTS to educate inspectors on expectations to perform assignments. Obtain and maintain certifications/licenses as offered by IBTS. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have a valid Driver's License and vehicle transportation Excellent organizational skills Own digital camera and computer with internet access (preferably PC) For PV Installations: Licensed Electrician, Certified Electrical Inspector or equivalent. Combined 3 years or more experience in design, installation and/or inspection of residential electrical systems with a significant emphasis on PV systems. Extensive knowledge of codes, standards, and trade practices. Ability to communicate effectively with homeowners, business owners and PV installation contractors. Maintain relevant certifications and licenses for carrying out assigned tasksWorking knowledge of reading plans, specifications, and product manufacturers' installation instructions. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:High school diploma or equivalent required 3 years construction and/or inspection experience required (or equivalent experience) 3 years' experience in Solar PV installation, design or inspection services (or equivalent experience) Knowledge or OSHA 10-hour certification training desired LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION PREFERENCE: NABCEP Certified Installer or NABCEP Entry Level (preferred)International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Residential Electrical Inspector (preferred)License as a General Contractor, license/certification as a solar system installer and/or certification in other building trades is optional and may be used to demonstrate equivalencies. WORKING CONDITIONS: Most of the work will be performed in the field on residential construction jobsites and some work in the office and as such the following working conditions apply: Position requires sitting, standing, walking on un-level and slippery surfaces including pitched roofs, climbing ladders, accessing confined spaces such as; attics and crawl spaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping, crawling and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily activities. Significant local travel on daily inspection routes anticipated.

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