Plumbing and Building Inspector

Job Notice

The City of Ashland has openings for a full-time Plumbing and Building Inspector in the Engineering Department, Shane Kremser, City Engineer

Applications and resumes will be accepted from February 11, 2019 until February 25, 2019 in the Human Resources Department (8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday). 

Job Responsibilities

In addition to the following, performs other related duties as required.

Under the general direction of the City Engineer, performs inspections for commercial and residential construction to ensure compliance with applicable national, state and local codes and regulations as adopted by the City of Ashland.


High school diploma or GED equivalent; and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the installation of plumbing, subject to inspection under the code adopted for non-residential buildings within the scope of groups regulated by the Ohio Board of Building Standards.  A minimum of one (1) year of experience as a skilled tradesman, other than plumbing, for work subject to inspection under the building code adopted for non-residential buildings within the scope of groups regulated by the rules of the Ohio Board of Building Standards preferred.

Licensure or Certification Requirements
  • Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver's license, plus must be able to qualify for and remain insurable under the City's vehicle insurance policy.
  • Must possess Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) certification as a Plumbing Inspector or acquire certification within 180 days of hire.
  • Possession of Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) certification as a Building Inspector or acquire certification within one (1) year of hire with qualifying experience or within two (2) years as a trainee.
Essential Functions of the Position

For purposes of 42 USC 12101. 

  • Inspects commercial and residential building projects during various stages of construction and remodeling; enforce compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations; recommend modifications and adjustments as necessary;
  • Performs field inspections to examine and evaluate commercial and residential plumbing work performed and materials used; verifies quality of workmanship, quality of materials used, and compliance with approved plans, specifications, and applicable codes and regulations;
  • Inspects existing commercial and residential structures for change of use, occupancy, or compliance with applicable codes and ordinances;
  • Documents deficiencies and deviations from approved plans and applicable codes; generates reports both in electronic and in paper form;
  • Maintains, updates and assures the accuracy of inspection records, project documentation and project files, both electronic and in paper form; performs routine duties such as typing, filing, and record keeping;
  • Responds to requests for information; provides technical information to City Staff; provides assistance to the public within scope of authority;
  • Provides excellent customer service; answers questions and concerns related to residential and non-residential building, plumbing, and safety codes and requirements; consults with contractors and owners concerning deficiencies with code requirements.
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks in order to assist with the efficient delivery of services (receives and responds to inquiries; runs prints; types, copies, and files documents; etc.).
  • Performs any and all other duties as directed or assigned by the Director of the Division or other person acting on behalf of or in place of the Director, which in the opinion of the Director or such other person are necessary to be performed in order to promote, further, or ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Division.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Necessary to perform duties (*indicates developed after employment).

  • Knowledge Of:  Federal, State and local building, housing and safety codes and regulations; methods procedures, and techniques for evaluating technical compliance; principles and practices of the construction industry and building trades; occupational hazards and construction safety precautions.
  • Ability To:  Communicate effectively; collect, analyze, and interpret data; prepare and maintain accurate documentation; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, elected officials, and the general public; access work locations; operate standard business office equipment.
  • Skill In: Application/utilization of construction principles; operation of personal computer; operation of inspection related equipment and instruments; basic computer knowledge and willingness to learn Microsoft Office products.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Wages: hourly pay is $24 ; plus annual increases as negotiated by AFSCME
  • Year round work
  • Eligible day one for insurances, there is no waiting period! Available insurances:
     -Health (80% of the monthly premium is paid for by The City!)
     -$20K term Life policy with the option to purchase more
     -Voluntary FSA
  • Paid Time off
     -10 paid holidays
     -Sick leave begins accruing immediately, plus The City accepts sick leave transfers from qualifying public employers
     -2 weeks of vacation prorated at 1 year anniversary, then 2 weeks every January 1 after;
     -2 personal days
  • Participation in OPERS (Ohio Public Employees' Retirement System) with The City contributing an additional 14% and employees contributing 10% of wages
  • Available 457 Plan

How to Apply

 Equal Opportunity Employer