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Building Inspector, Trainee


Under direct supervision, to assist in inspecting buildings and structures in all stages of construction, alteration and repair; reviewing building plans and specifications; enforcing building, plumbing, electrical and zoning codes and laws; issuing permits and collect fees; and to perform related work as required.


General supervision is provided by the Chief Building Official. Technical or functional supervision may be provided by higher level building inspections personnel.


This is a trainee level position in the Building Inspector series. Positions assigned to the trainee class perform more routine and standardized tasks. The Building Inspector Trainee is considered to be in a training status for a minimum of six months. Incumbents are expected to promote to the Building Inspector I position within twelve months of appointment. Promotion to the Building Inspector I position will be based on the incumbentís demonstration of their ability to assume the full range of duties for the Building Inspector I. A Building Inspector I may promote to a Building Inspector II after mastering the full range of inspection expertise and possession of an ICBO certificate. The trainee is a probationary position. Once promoted to Building Inspector I the incumbent will serve an additional one-year probationary period.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Make field inspections of residential buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling to assure compliance with applicable codes and regulations of the City, County, State and Federal agencies.
  • Issue permits for work to be performed.
  • Assist in the checking of building plans.
  • Coordinate inspection activities with other City departments.
  • Confer with architects, contractors, builders and the general public in the field and office.
  • Update and maintain records and files.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Receive building permit applications and check for completeness.


Ability To:

  • Learn to perform building inspections in a variety of specialty trade areas.
  • Incorporate time management, planning and organizing skills in the performance of job.
  • Use effective oral and written communication skills to deal with the general public, using courtesy and tact.
  • Relate interpersonal sensitivity, assertiveness and stress tolerance, to function under stressful situations.
  • Handle several tasks simultaneously while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail in an environment of frequent interruptions.
  • Work effectively with other governmental entities, private interests, contractors and professional clientele.
  • Read and interpret building plans.
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately.
  • Learn to enforce a variety of zoning regulations and related City codes.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.



One year of building inspection experience.


Or Completion of 30 college units in Building Inspection Technology or related field


Possession of a valid California Driverís License at the time of appointment.

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      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5540
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