Residential Building Inspector

West Des Moines

Veenstra & Kimm, Engineering, Inc. is currently looking for a Residential Inspector for the Des Moines area. We offer a strong salary and benefits package to reward ability, certification levels, and work experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurances, paid holidays, paid time off, paid training, new certification bonuses, a matching 401k Plan, and more.

Skills:  Extensive knowledge of the ICC Residential Building Code, local building codes and current construction procedures/technology.  Interpretation of codes in the field and the ability to provide code compliant solutions.  Must possess the ability to positively interact with the staff members, the general public, contractors, governmental entities, and other clientele.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Good time management, organization, and attention to detail skills.  Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and a considerable amount of independent judgment. 

Job Requirements: Perform field inspections during various stages of construction. Read and examine plans and specifications when needed. Report violations and maintain files/records. Perform other related duties as required.

Perform comprehensive site field inspections to ensure full compliance with the current ICC Residential Building Codes, along with other Zoning and local ordinances as required. Confers with and provides information to architects, engineers, contractors, owners, other inspectors and plan reviewers involving construction, design and use of buildings and structures related to the Building & Zoning Codes. Compiles and interprets reports, data to verify code compliance and advises public, owners, architects, engineers and contractors of same.

Minimum Qualifications:

Basic knowledge of the principles and practices of building construction. 

Basic knowledge of methods, materials and techniques used in residential construction. 

Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of building inspection. 

Knowledge of legal procedures involved in enforcing building codes and ordinances. 

Ability to keep records and prepare reports. 

Ability to inspect work being performed to determine adherence to code. 

Ability to review read and interpret building construction details and plans. 

Ability to establish and maintain effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Ability to operate a motor vehicle. 

Ability to bend and walk, climb and maneuver on uneven terrain. 

Ability to climb stairs. 

Ability to visually detect code violations and determine appropriate remedial actions. 

Ability to write violations and citations. 

Working knowledge of modern office equipment. 

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. 

Essential Job Functions: (May not include all the duties performed) 

Conduct inspections of all structures to determine compliance with municipal and state codes and to identify any required corrections in electrical and fire resistive systems. 

Counsels’ contractors and other interested parties regarding repair of defects, materials, and methods of installation; inspects rehabilitation of structures by on-site visits. 

Consults with engineers, architects, developer, contractors, and owners regarding the provisions of the codes, ordinances, laws, design criteria and zoning requirements. 

Performs a final inspection of completed residential construction projects. 

Enforces provisions of other ordinances, as required. 

Education and Experience:  

Graduation from High School or G.E.D. 

Possession of a valid Iowa Driver’s license.  

Necessary Special Requirements:  

  1. Must obtain I.C.C. certification as (B1) Residential Building Inspector within 90 days of hire. 
  2. Must obtain I.C.C. certification as (E1) Residential Electrical Inspector, (P1) Residential Plumbing Inspector and (M1) Residential Mechanical Inspector within one year of hire.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions; in high, precarious places; on slippery surfaces; is exposed to risk of electrical shock and is subject to vibration.

Summary:  Performs technical work involving the inspection of residential buildings and building construction for conformity to Municipal and State Building Codes.

Salary Range:   Commensurate with Experience and Certifications. 

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