Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by placing in Money Magazine’s top 50 “Best Places to Live 2016” in the country, and ranking 4th on the “Most Family Friendly” list of California cities by Estately. Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 231,664 residents. As a full service city, Fremont employs over 915 regular employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $190 million.
Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity. Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.
The Community Development Department provides community planning, engineering, code enforcement, and building permit and inspection services. Using the City's General Plan and zoning and subdivision ordinances, the Department acts as the steward of the community by assisting the public through mandated development project reviews, the subdivision of land, and related public improvement plans.
To safeguard life, health, property, and the public welfare, the Department is also responsible for ensuring that buildings and public improvements are designed and constructed according to established standards and governing regulations. The City's capital assets - such as streets, parks, and public buildings - are designed and constructed under the Department's auspices.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR THE BUILDING INSPECTOR SPECIALIST?
- Perform inspections, plan check, and related duties in the specialized field of electrical building inspections.
- Investigate unlisted equipment and suspect substandard installations to determine product equivalency.
- Resolve disputes over interpretation and application of building codes.
- Review building plans to determine compliance to specialized systems and methods and schedules of inspection.
- Meet with City officials, business representatives and the general public to discuss specialized facets of inspection, including procedures and problems.
- Represent the City at meetings and conferences.
- Review and approve building permits.
- Train staff in assigned building inspection specialty.
- Perform combination building inspection duties.
- Prepare correspondence and reports.
- Maintain building inspection records.
- Utilize computer for tracking projects, writing, and generating reports.
The successful candidate will have any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be: Graduation from high school or equivalent, and two years experience in building inspection work, including one year in the specialized field of electrical inspections. In addition, incumbents must have a minimum of two years of experience equivalent to Building Inspector II in the City of Fremont.
REQUIRED LICENSES & CERTIFICATES
- ICC Certification as a Residential Building Inspector and a Commercial Building Inspector, and three specialty certificates (residential or commercial (mechanical, electrical, plumbing)) with a minimum of two commercial specialty certificates. Specialists must also have both Residential and Commercial trade certifications in the position’s specialty. ICC Fire Inspector II, NICET, or OSFM Fire Inspector may substitute as one commercial specialty certificate. Certification with the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) is highly desirable. Failure to maintain state-mandated certification will result in termination. (Health and Safety Code, Sections 18965 through 18970).
- Possession of, or ability to secure, a valid Class C California Driver License at time of appointment.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN A CANDIDATE
The City is searching for a self-motivated individual to join our team. In addition to the minimum qualifications and required licensures candidates must have strong customer service skills and the ability to perform a variety of complex building inspection functions. The Building Inspector Specialist must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, with the ability to be sensible, respectful, and patient working in a diverse environment. Experience with a public agency is not required but is definitely a plus.
Fremont offers an attractive benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to: CalPERS retirement plan, paid holidays, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete benefits summary can be found at www.fremont.gov.