The Building Code Department (BCD) administers the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws, as adopted by the State of Minnesota. The division’s mission is to protect the health, welfare and safety of University students, employees and visitors in the built environment through education and code enforcement.
The Mechanical Inspector position is authorized by the University Building Official to enforce the mechanical provisions contained in the (MSBC). The Mechanical Inspector position reviews and inspects the design, construction, alteration, demolition, and repair of all items covered by the Minnesota Mechanical Code on all University properties system wide. Specifically this position administers the rules and regulations, and enforces the laws as adopted per the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) related to fire, life safety, health, and the public welfare.
This position has the responsibility for performing plan reviews, inspections and evaluations of mechanical systems and installations for all new and existing buildings in accordance with the Minnesota State Mechanical Code. This position is the liaison to other University departments for questions or concerns involving design, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems. The position also serves as the technical code advisor and professional resource to the University construction community, architects, engineers, and owners representatives.
Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
Examine design documents of mechanical systems at different phases of design: schematic, design development and construction documents.
Meet and correspond throughout the phases of design with project managers, architects, engineers, faculty/staff, end users and contractors with respect to materials, installation requirements, mechanical standards, and building design in order to verify compliance with State of Minnesota Mechanical Code.
Identify the appropriate application of codes for commercial, industrial, and mixed occupancies for existing, historical and new structures (educational & large assembly facilities, research laboratories, hospitals, hazardous buildings, underground buildings, high-rise buildings, experimental structures and stadiums).
Discuss or explain code intent for mechanical systems; providing awareness of code impacts to a project, interpretation of both prescriptive and performance code to prospective designs.
Assessing risks of mechanical systems based occupant classification and overall safety of University students, facility, staff and visitors.
Consult with all stakeholders on building projects to facilitate flow of information with other internal and external regulatory agencies
Examine plans and specifications submitted for permit to identify life safety hazards, minimum construction standards, mechanical code and standards, and other related code deficiencies.
Coordinate plan reviews with building inspectors; combining review comments in written correspondence to designers and contractors.
Review deferred submittal(s) and changes made to the permit documents throughout the construction process to ensure code compliance is being maintained.
Review plans for conformity with requirements and issues mechanical permits; calculate fees to be assessed for projects and submits documentation for collection.
Conduct on-site construction inspections, record results in permit software system.
Perform back-up field inspections (building, plumbing, and fire) for permitted projects located in the Twin Cities and throughout the state of Minnesota as needed.
Document and initiate appropriate corrective action to enforce code compliance.
Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is generally performed in the field and will include site visits to outdoor areas, roofs, mechanical rooms, controlled access areas, tunnels and confined spaces. Physical ability to climb ladders, enter tunnels and access all construction sites is required. This position may involve field inspections which may require a variety of physical activities, safe vehicle operation, tools, and equipment. May work near or be exposed to a variety of hazardous conditions or equipment. May occasionally work in closed or small areas to conduct inspection, be exposed to weather conditions, animals, sewage, fires, dust, gas, fumes, noise, asbestos, mold or other environmental conditions. Agility, strength, balance and familiarity with many and varied construction worksite conditions, tools and machinery is required.
Minimum Qualifications: Position requires an Associate’s or vocational technical certificate or degree and 7 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience in commercial/institutional plan review, mechanical inspection, and commercial construction equal to nine years of experience.
International Code Council (ICC) Mechanical Inspector Certification
Problem Solving and Independence of Action
Problems encountered are highly varied and unpredictable, complex and often non-recurring, requiring new and creative approaches; precedents may exist and supervisor provides broad guidance and overall direction.
Internal Number: 330428
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