Arlington, Virginia
Mar 16, 2018
Apr 20, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: FIRE SYSTEM INSPECTOR (OVERSTRENGTH) Closing Date/Time: Thu. 04/19/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: See Position Description Job Type: Full-Time Limited Duration Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       This position works to ensure that all phases of building construction are done in conformance with codes, ordinances, and approved plans and specifications. All inspectors use personal computers to record the results and status of inspections, and to prepare letters and written notices of violations.

Specific duties of the Fire Construction Codes Inspector include:
  • Reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications;
  • Performing inspections pertaining to installations, testing and inspection of fire protection equipment and systems;
  • Inspecting and testing equipment and systems to include sprinklers, hoods, smoke removal, standpipes, firefighter's services, locks, exits, signage, fire pumps, pressurization systems, and fire control room and communication systems; and
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on fire system code requirements with property developers/owners, architects, contractors and other County and public agencies.

This Fire Construction Codes Inspector position may be filled at level III, II, or I based on candidates experience and qualifications. Once hired, the employee will receive training on materials, methodology and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections, and may be responsible for providing technical direction in their specialty to other inspectors.

Position requires climbing ladders and going into trenches, walking up stairways, accessing small spaces and spending several hours a day standing and /or walking. Substantial time is spent outdoors or in buildings under construction/renovation in all types of weather conditions.

Ability to work effectively with others is essential, although the employee normally works independently on field inspections, making decisions requiring the use of technical judgment and discretion.
 Selection Criteria: Minimum: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, plus;

Codes Inspector III: three years of general building construction experience with two years' experience in building construction codes inspection or enforcement, or sprinkler and fire alarm installation. Plus State certification as a commercial fire inspector.

Codes Inspector II: three years general building construction experience with one year of experience in building construction codes inspection or enforcement or sprinkler and fire alarm installation. Plus state certification as a commercial fire inspection.

Codes Inspector I: three years progressively responsible experience in building construction and/or codes inspection or enforcement, or sprinkler and fire alarm installation.

Substitution: Apprenticeship and/or trade school training related to building construction may substitute for up to 1 year of general experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with experience with one or more of the following:
a) Building or fire code enforcement;
b) Building construction superintendent/foreman;
c) High-rise/commercial building code or construction; and/or
d) Certification as a building fire inspector.
 Special Requirements: 1) This position requires that you obtain one State certification in your trade as a Fire Protection General within 12 months from your hire date. You are also required to obtain two State certifications as a Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector and Commercial Fire Sprinkle Inspector within 3 years of employment from your hire date. While under unusual circumstances the training period can be extended, it is expected that you will successfully complete certification by the indicated date. Training and certification fees are paid for by the County or you can be reimbursed for approved fees related to required training and certification for this position. You must obtain the required certifications within the required time frame in order to remain employed as a Construction Code Inspector.

2) The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
 Additional Information: This is currently a two-year over-strength position which is in the budget for approval in FY2019 with the possibility of becoming a permanent full-time position.  This position is currently eligible for all County-provided benefits.

The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector I is $45,822.40 - $69,992.00
The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector II is $53,019.20 - $80,995.20
The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector III is $56,680.00 - $86,632.00

Normal Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasionally inspections are scheduled outside of the normal work hours. Inspectors normally start and end the workday in the office, and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

This position is funded by the County's CPHD Development Fund which is a self-supporting entity that derives its revenue from fees charged for all building and related services to the building industry.

The official title of this position is Construction Codes Inspector.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give see resume as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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