This position has responsibility for performing complex inspections and evaluations of building sprinkler, fire alarm and communications systems for the University throughout the state. Additional tasks involve the regular and periodic performance of fire inspections of existing University buildings as well as evaluation of proposed improvements related to the Fire Code. All of the related tasks involve interpretation and enforcement of both the State Building Code and State Fire Code as well as a firm understanding of local and national trends in industry.
Performs extensive inspections of both existing and new fire protection, detection and prevention installations.
Performs comprehensive reviews of fire prevention details for detection and notification devices, smoke evacuation and control systems and fire extinguishing systems involving water and other extinguishing agents.
Reviews plans and makes note in written correspondence of where necessary required changes to the plans must be made.
Serves as job site representative of the Building Official's Office to help verify State Fire Code compliance with construction personnel, architect's, engineers, owner's representatives and several University staff.
Evaluates construction during field investigations through use of established standards of engineering and fire fighting practice, state and federal laws, and State building and fire codes.
Negotiates code-related construction interpretations and modifications, and approves equivalent materials substitutions.
Issues "stop work" orders on substandard construction.
Serves as technical code advisor and professional resource to the University construction community.
Maintains pertinent departmental working records and fire inspection record documents.
Writes formal fire code reviews.
Participates in presenting periodic fire code update training.
Writes daily activity reports, coordinate campus reports and inspection reports.
The work week generally exceeds 40 hours and is compensated with one additional half-day of vacation each month.
Essential Functions of Position: Performing on-site fire inspections of new construction and remodeling on University properties located throughout the State; writing plan review comments for proposed construction; issuing correction orders; coordinating the resolution of on-site State Building and Fire Code compliance issues; responding to written requests for specific Fire Code and Building Code interpretations (related to fire protection); demonstrating a grasp of current state fire code knowledge; teaching in-house staff regarding new and old Fire Code issues. A successful candidate must have the physical ability to climb ladders, enter tunnels, climb on roofs and access all types of construction sites.
Work Environment: Work is performed in both an office environment and on-site locations in outdoor areas, mechanical rooms, tunnels, roofs, controlled access areas, and confined spaces.
BA/BS plus at least five years experience in fire code enforcement, fire inspection, fire investigation, or fire protection, or an equivalent combination of experience and education to equal at least nine years.
Proven experience in the review and inspection of commercial fire alarm and fire protection systems.
Proficiency with office productivity software (e.g. MS Word, Excel) and a demonstrated ability to learn new software quickly.
Experience in commercial/institutional fire code enforcement and inspection.
Physical ability to climb ladders, enter tunnels and access all construction sites.
A valid class "D" driver's license and a personal vehicle for travel to inspection sites.
Must be able to pass a pre-placement background check.
Some out-state travel required.
Preferred Qualifications: An associates or bachelor's degree in fire protection engineering, fire science, or a related field. ICC or NFPA fire inspector certification or equivalent.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to listen well and exercise reasonable judgement in application and interpretation of the State Fire and Building Code Requirements.
Coursework in fire protection and detection system design and inspection technology.
Knowledge of life safety and hazards related to construction.
Proficient personal computer skills.
Broad experience in commercial/institutional fire inspection and plan review.
Ability to work effectively with all individuals in a construction environment.
Ability to perform basic sprinkler and fire alarm shop drawing reviews.
Internal Number: 334335
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