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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3510

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2003 (Revised)

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Senior Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector


Under direction, enforces ordinances and laws pertaining to the installation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing designs and installations; assists in the training of general building inspectors; works with department administration in the development of mechanical and plumbing code ordinances; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Building Inspection Supervisor in that the incumbent does not supervise the staff engaged in construction inspection. Distinguished from a Building Inspector in that the incumbent does not regularly inspect general building construction nor enforce environmental codes and regulations normally performed by a Building Inspector. Distinguished from Senior Electrical Inspector, Senior Building Inspector, and Senior Grading Inspector in that the incumbent primarily inspects mechanical and plumbing installations.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Receives direction from the Building Inspection Supervisor.

Examples Of Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties, however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Inspects the most complex commercial, industrial, and residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing installations to ensure work complies with municipal requirements and provisions of applicable laws and ordinances, and that construction is carried on in a safe manner in accordance with approved plans and specifications.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with building, mechanical, and plumbing codes as adopted by the City and applicable state laws.
  • Consults with and advises the public, contractors, designers, co-workers, and other departments regarding mechanical and plumbing laws and requirements.
  • Verifies tests on plumbing, gas and water lines.
  • Inspects refrigeration systems and heat producing appliance for approved installations.
  • Checks methods of installation and quality of materials.
  • Inspects sewer connection from the street sewer lines to buildings.
  • Maintains records of inspections and plan reviews, and submits reports.
  • Assists in the issuance of permits.
  • Assists in training of general building inspectors in mechanical and plumbing code enforcement.
  • Assists in preparation of code adoption ordinances.
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties.
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Receives and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding inspections.
  • Serves on various committees as appropriate.
  • Attends pre-job meetings as required.
  • Distributes notices, flyers, etc. as assigned.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualifications Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • State and local laws, codes and ordinances related to mechanical and plumbing installations.
  • Techniques of building construction and inspection.
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing principles.
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing materials.
  • Effective safety principles and practices.
  • City policies and procedures affecting departmental operations.
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Analyze, interpret and accurately review complex building, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing plans and specifications.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, codes, ordinances, administrative rules and regulations.
  • Perform algebraic calculations.
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public.
  • Work effectively and efficiently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with engineers, architects, contractors, co-workers, other departments and agencies, and the public.
  • License Required

    Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California Driver's License.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Three (3) years of experience at the level of journey plumber or journey installer of mechanical equipment used for heating, refrigerating, ventilation, air conditioning or comfort cooling purposes and one (1) year of experience as a Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector for a municipal or county building department; or six (6) years of experience, including mechanical or plumbing inspection as part of the regular job duties as a general building inspector for a municipal or county building department, In addition, graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate.
    A nationally-recognized Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector Certificate or certification of inspection technology may be substituted for one year of the required experience or additional Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector experience with a municipal or county building department may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to frequently drive to specific locations, work outdoors and possible exposure to variable weather conditions. Frequently required to walk, stand, stoop, kneel, and climb. Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements such as adjusting and operating equipment and using office equipment and supplies. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, the ability to accurately perceive sounds and communicate orally.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training and course work may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Building Inspection Supervisor.