Plumbing Inspector

General Summary

A Plumbing Inspector inspects plumbing, gasfitting, and site-utility systems on private property as a Code Official to verify compliance with governing codes, manufacturer?s instructions, and WSSC Standard Details and policies. Performs related administrative duties. A Plumbing Inspector shall be capable of managing a permanent inspection route inclusive of both commercial and residential applications?-both new construction and retrofit. The incumbent shall demonstrate sound professional judgment and excellent communication skills when performing inspections and in dealing with a broad spectrum of audiences, including contractors, design professionals, property owners, and coworkers. Shall uphold the highest standards of jobsite safety and public health and safety.

Essential Functions

? Manages a permanent route, subject to route rotation at any time that may span the entire level and complexity of any plumbing or gasfitting installation within the WSSC, except for extraordinary or unusual installations that are inspected by a Senior Plumbing Inspector.
? Performs basic System Development Charge (SDC) inspections for purposes of auditing permits for accuracy and payment of required fees, and for determining SDC credits on existing buildings prior to demolition.
? Inspects sewer and water services, both new and replacement/repair; groundwork; drainage, waste, and vent systems; water distribution systems; and food handling establishments for proper grease abatement systems; for compliance with material standards, testing and workmanship.
? Inspects fuel gas distribution systems for support, sizing, safety devices, system pressures, testing; gas appliance/equipment venting; for material standards, support, clearances, sizing, manufacturer?s requirements and workmanship.
? Performs final inspection of plumbing systems to verify proper fixture operation, scald prevention, backflow protection, accessibility to valves, cleanouts and appurtenances, and to verify water meter installation; and final inspection of gasfitting systems to verify proper appliance/equipment setting and operation, make-up and combustion air, clearances, equipment standards, manufacturer?s requirements and workmanship.
? Conducts inspections to ensure compliance with cross-connection Code requirements, including containment backflow devices to protect the Commission?s potable water supply, and isolation backflow devices to protect building occupants from contaminated or non-potable water-born hazards.
? Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to, telephone and electronic contact with those regulated when required, verification of permit and SDC impact fee accuracy, data entry, and daily journal on large or more complex jobsites. Provides assistance with office duties and to coworkers.

Other Functions

? Provides courtesy inspections for homeowners and other property owners consistent with WSSC?s customer outreach policy.
? Maintains constant safety awareness, including MOSHA/OSHA requirements. Takes responsible action when an unsafe condition or act is observed.
? Performs other related duties as required.

Work Environment And Physical Demands

? Residential and commercial construction job sites.
? Ability to:
? Navigate rough, slippery, and steep terrain;
? Navigate through inherent job site hazards;
? Climb and descend ladders;
? Climb and descend multi-story stairs; and finished/occupied homes and businesses;
? Drive to and from inspections, making 10-20 stops. Travels 30-100 miles per day.
? Some office and computer work.

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

? Hands-on experience with the skills, vocabulary, jargon, codes, and practices associated with the plumbing and gasfitting trades. Includes new, retrofit, and service work in both residential and commercial installations.
? Good general knowledge of building construction and the interface between various building trades.
? Aability to understand and work from construction drawings, manufacturer?s installation instructions, schematics, and related construction documents.
? A high level of professional judgment consistent with the intent of the Code when discrepancies occur, factoring in jobsite conditions, practicality, and customer?s needs. Interacts with the trades in a constructive and instructive manner. Ability to apply sound judgment regarding the intent of Code and related regulatory requirements when prescriptive requirements are not attainable.
? Ability to work independently when limited direction is provided by the supervisor,.
? Ability to inspect a wide scope of new and retrofit residential, commercial and industrial plumbing, and gasfitting installations.
? Hands-on basic personal computer skills. Demonstrated ability to learn additional skills through Commission training programs.
? Ability to identify cross-connections. Good familiarity with backflow prevention devices, application and testing.
? Ability to maintain excellent interpersonal communication skills on inspection and regulatory matters both within and outside of the Commission.
? Demonstrated high level of self-confidence and professional judgment when performing inspections, and in dealing with a broad spectrum of audiences, including contractors, design professionals, property owners, and coworkers.

Minimum Education, Experience Requirements

? High School diploma or equivalent;
? A WSSC-licensed Master Plumber and Gasfitter, or obtain licenses within 6 months of employment;
? Possess (or obtain within 6 months of employment) both a current Cross-Connection/Backflow Prevention Certificate from a State of Maryland approved course and the International Council Code Certification as a Plumbing Inspector (two exams).

Additional Requirements

? General: A Plumbing Inspector shall actively participate in all job-required training and job-related activities provided by the Commission as directed by his/her supervisor. Shall demonstrate assimilation of newly acquired knowledge in his/her daily activities where applicable;
? Driver?s License: Shall possess and maintain a valid driver?s license with no more than 4 points. Shall obtain and maintain a WSSC driver?s permit. Is required to safely operate a Commission car, small SUV, or light truck through all types of traffic, road, and weather conditions;
? Completion of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Financial Disclosure Statement within 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.



$62,410 to $95,274
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EEO Statement

It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

Copies of current and valid plumbing licenses are required to be uploaded with employment application.

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