City of Ventura

Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector (#J17)

Unit: SEIU - General Unit (G)
$32.56-$39.58 Hourly / $5,644.24-$6,860.62 Monthly / $67,730.83-$82,327.44 Yearly


Under general supervision, inspects routine and complex plumbing and mechanical systems at various stages of construction, alteration and repair; reviews and approve plumbing/mechanical plans and specifications; and conducts building inspections. 

Incumbents in this classification work at an advanced journey level performing combination building inspection work with a plumbing/mechanical specialty.


This is an advanced journey level class in the building inspector series.

A Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector is expected to perform the advanced journey level plumbing/mechanical inspection work, including the entire range of the most complex plumbing-mechanical inspections of a variety of residences, commercial and industrial buildings, and be capable of performing building code inspections at the Senior Building Inspector level.

Provides technical expertise on plumbing/mechanical inspection matters to building inspectors and senior building inspectors.

Advancement to this classification is not flexibly staffed.


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

Makes field inspections of industrial, commercial and 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; issues permits for work to be performed; inspects a variety of plumbing/mechanical installations and other complex and routine elements.

Checks and approves plumbing/mechanical plans and calculations including California energy and City requirements; assures proper and safe installations of routine and complex building systems; coordinates inspection activities with other City departments.

Makes field reviews of plans and specifications; ascertains conformance to each of the model codes; confers with architects, contractors, builders, and the general public in the field and office; prepares new codes and amendments for adoption by the City; explains and interprets requirements and restrictions; completes and maintains records, reports, documents, and correspondence related to field inspections.

Provides training and technical assistance to other inspection personnel and to other City departments; assists in preparing community programs and public information related to assigned programs; performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction; building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, specifically, the Plumbing, Mechanical and Building Codes and California State building codes; principles and techniques of plumbing/mechanical/building inspection work; related codes including the zoning ordinances and other City codes and regulations.

Ability to: Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to determine the quality of work and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices; work independently without supervision; evaluate construction systems for conformance to applicable code requirements; review plumbing/mechanical/building plans, and specifications to determine whether they meet code requirements; provide journey-level technical expertise on standard plumbing/mechanical construction and remodeling methods and requirements; make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately; operate a personal computer using general purpose software applications; maintain cooperative working relations with builders, contractors, City staff, and the general public; enforce regulations and resolve complaints with diplomacy, firmness and tact; write clearly.  Perform inspections based on complaints, change of occupancy, code enforcement cases, and prepare comprehensive and well documented reports.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certifications: A plumbing inspector and mechanical inspector certificate is required within one year of appointment. One of the two certifications is required at time of application. A building inspector certificate is desirable.

A certified combination residential inspector may also be appointed to this position subject to obtaining the required plumbing and mechanical inspector certification within the one year probationary period.


Environment:  works inside and outside, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; works with slippery surface conditions, where dust, dirt, debris, and odors are frequently encountered; and drives a vehicle to different locations.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person and on the telephone; vision in the normal range and the ability to distinguish colors; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sitting, standing, and walking for prolonged periods of time; kneeling and crouching; reaches with hands and arms; squatting and climbing are required; uses both hands and fingers; and mental capability to observe and interpret.  Hazards:  exposed to construction sites with dust, dirt, debris and odors; and to computer screens.


A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to completion of twelfth grade, attainment of the requirement certifications listed above, and either:

1) Two years of experience performing commercial plumbing, mechanical, energy, plan check and inspections for either a public enforcement agency or a state licensed plumbing/mechanical contractor OR

2) Five years of experience performing residential building, plumbing or mechanical  inspections for either a public enforcement agency or a state licensed plumbing/mechanical contractor.

CLASS: J17; EST: ; REV: 3/8/2007;