Plumbing Inspector

Arlington, Virginia
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Oct 20, 2019
Nov 23, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking an experienced Plumbing Inspector to ensure that County's projects adhere to accepted standards and applicable codes and regulation. This position will assist in complex plumbing inspections of commercial and high-rise new construction.

Specific duties include:
  • Conducting and documenting cross connection and code enforcement inspections for the county's new residential one- and two-family dwellings and low-rise construction projects;
  • Inspecting plumbing and gas fitting installations during construction;
  • Examining completed installations for workmanship and use of proper materials;
  • Assisting and advising plumbers, contractors and others regarding plumbing regulations;
  • Identifying and recommending solutions consistent with code requirements for field conditions which impact construction plans.

This Plumbing Inspector position will be filled at the Construction Codes Inspector I, II, or III level based on candidate's experience and qualifications. Once hired, the employee will receive training on materials, methodology and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections (see below under Additional Information for salary ranges).

Each Inspector receives cross training in all areas of code enforcement and may be responsible for providing technical direction in their specialty to other inspectors.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High School Diploma , GED or equivalent, plus;

Codes Inspector I: three years' trades specialty in plumbing or in general building construction experience and/or codes inspection or enforcement.

Codes Inspector II: three years' trades specialty in plumbing or general building construction experience with one year of experience in specialty area construction codes inspection or enforcement.

Codes Inspector III: three years of trades specialty in plumbing or general building construction experience with two years' experience in trades specialty area construction codes inspection or enforcement.

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

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

a) Experience applying and interpreting the Uniform Statewide Codes in plumbing;
b) Experience/certification in cross-connection devices inspection; and/or
c) Certification in a construction trade.

Special Requirements

The employee must be certified in trade specialty within 12 months of hire and must progress through the Construction Codes Inspector series to Construction Codes Inspector III within three years of hire, completing all of the required training modules and passing the required examinations to become certified as the following:
  • Combination Residential Inspector; and
  • Commercial Building Inspector in trade specialty.
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

Salary Information:

The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector I is $47,236.80 - $72,113.60.
The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector II is $54,641.60 - $83,449.60.
The salary range for Construction Codes Inspector III is $$58,427.20 - $89,273.60.

Please note salaries listed above are effective July 1, 2019.

A standard County background check will be made on all candidates. Additional background checks may be necessary prior to admittance to secure federal facilities.

Positions require 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.

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.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Highest level of education you have completed (pick closest that applies):
  • High School, GED or equivalent
  • Technical training in trades specialty
  • Apprenticeship in trades specialty
  • Some college
  • Bachelor's degree in related to construction or specialty area
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Other


How much experience do you have in building construction codes inspection or enforcement?
  • None
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


How much experience do you have in plumbing and gas fitting installations during construction?
  • None
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Check if you have any of the following (please check ALL that apply):
  • Experience applying and interpreting the Uniform Statewide Codes in plumbing
  • Experience/certification in cross-connection devices inspection
  • Certification in a construction trade
  • None of the above


Please indicate which Inspection Certifications you possess (check ALL that apply):
  • Residential Building
  • Commercial Building
  • Residential Electrical
  • Commercial Electrical
  • Residential Mechanical
  • Commercial Mechanical
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Combination Residential
  • Combination Commercial
  • Other
  • No Certifications


I am certified as (check ALL that apply):
  • ICC Building Inspector
  • ICC Building Plan Examiner
  • Virginia Building Inspector
  • Virginia Electrical Inspector
  • Virginia Mechanical Inspector
  • Virginia Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Another State Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Inspector
  • Another State Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Cross Connection Devices
  • Not Certified

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