The Environmental Health Services Division is seeking to fill a full-time 1-year Term Limited Temporary or Special Duty Assignment - Plumbing Inspector that will perform a range of professional duties relating to residential and commercial gas piping inspections. The Plumbing and Gas Piping Program is an integral part of the Environmental Health Services Division helping promote health. Our professional staff work to ensure that residents live in a clean and health-promoting environment. Working in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, and King County Department of Local Services, our goal is to protect community health through inspections and enforcing regulations for plumbing and gas piping systems in the City of Seattle and Unincorporated King County. In 2018, the P&G program's dedicated team of professionals issued approximately 12,000 permits and conducted over 30,000 inspections. The P&G program upholds King County's equity and social justice directive through our commitment to exceptional public service.
POSITION SUMMARY: The responsibilities of this classification include inspecting residential and commercial plumbing and gas piping installations for compliance with codes and ordinances and/or performing plumbing and gas piping plans review independently at the journey level with only general review from their immediate supervisor. This is the first level in a four-level classification series. Incumbents in the Senior Plumbing Inspector classification establish daily workload for Plumbing Inspectors as well as perform complex plumbing and gas piping inspections or review complex plumbing system design plans and ensure compliance with codes, laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
KEY EXPECTATIONS AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Provide culturally competent education and technical assistance to industries, facilities, and general public.
Convey and interpret public health and environmental codes, regulations, policies, and regulatory information to a variety of diverse audiences.
Perform investigations in response to public complaints, determine if a violation has occurred, document violations, and coordinate activities with senior investigators to initiate enforcement or corrective actions, as required.
Use electronic databases and other computerized systems to maintain accurate records and write and review reports.
Participate in assigned Environmental Health Division meetings and trainings.
When Performing Inspections
Inspect all residential and commercial plumbing and gas piping installations for compliance with various codes and ordinances. Prepare and maintain records of inspections, corrections and approval.
Inspect plumbing and gas installations, mechanical installations, venting and location of chimney linings. Perform cross connection inspection.
Review blueprints and drawings. Consult with superintendents, contractors, architects, and the public to solve installation problems.
Interpret applicable codes, laws, ordinances, rules and regulations for contractors and property owners. Advise those performing sanitarian work about special problems in nursing homes, hospitals, and restaurants.
Investigate public complaints regarding unsanitary, illegal and hazardous plumbing or gas piping installations. Determine if a code violation has occurred; post plumbing and gas ordinance violation notices and coordinate with supervisor.
Attend applicable meetings and seminars to maintain and advance knowledge and skill levels consistent with changes in the industry and governing regulations, and to maintain required certification.
Provide support to the plans examination process by reviewing plans and applications for conformance with applicable codes and regulations.
Perform other duties as assigned.
When Reviewing Plans
Review application submittals, perform analysis of plumbing and gas piping design, interpret and apply codes and regulations and review/evaluate proposals for methods of installation.
Explain codes and regulations and research, resolve and answer questions from the public and design professionals.
Provide support to the plumbing inspection process by performing on-site inspections during the construction phase.
Attend applicable meetings and seminars to maintain knowledge and skill levels consistent with changes in the industry and governing regulations, and to maintain required certification.
Perform other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
Knowledge of plumbing and mechanical trade and construction practices.
Knowledge of plumbing and mechanical codes and regulations.
Knowledge of occupational safety hazards and precautions.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings.
Skill in using drawing plan and isometric drawings.
Skill in coordinating with contractors, engineers, plumbers, architects and homeowners on code and code interpretation, and material and installation standards for plumbing and gas piping.
Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite. Demonstrated experience writing, analyzing or reviewing inspection reports.
Demonstrated experience successfully serving broadly diverse populations.
Understanding of equity and social justice principles and how they can be applied in the field.
Bilingual in one of the following most populace King County non-English language groups (such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, Russian, Amharic).
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all applicants.
WORK SCHEDULE: This position typically works 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week anytime between 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Schedule requires flexibility for weekend and evening work. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application. 2. Responses to the supplemental questions. 3. A current resume or curriculum vitae. 4. A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
Education and Experience Requirements
Any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of this position.
Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.This position requires driving on a regular basis in performance of essential job duties.
A candidate is required to possess a valid Washington State journeyman plumber (PL01) certification license. In lieu of a Washington State journeyman plumber certification license (PL01), a candidate will provide a letter from Washington State Labor and Industries verifying the candidate's approval for performing the Washington State plumber certification license exam.
Additional licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required.
Internal Number: 2019NH10422
About Public Health Seattle and King County
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION:
Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division's core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our comm...unities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.