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INSPECTOR - Plumbing Inspection Section

at City of Houston

Posted: 9/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2532949

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Applications Accepted from: All Persons Interested

Posting Number: 21746
Service Line: Houston Permitting Center 
Branch / Section: Code Enforcement - Plumbing Inspection Section
Location: 1002 Washington Ave*
Workdays & Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm*
*Subject to change*

Coordinates the enforcement and application of various codes, ordinances and technical specifications for structural plumbing facilities, structures and systems to assure conformance with plans and specifications. Prepares, conducts and reviews various types of inspections, such as tunnels, manholes, shaft sites and new construction or construction revisions for compliance with specifications. Identifies problem areas and recommends solutions. Prepares and serves correction notices and may serve violation citations. Meets with general public, contractors, technical professional and businesses to respond to inquiries and technical problems. Performs daily record keeping activities to maintain filing systems, reports and documentation including photographs taken during inspections. Researches and evaluates plumbing plans, specifications and drawings. Prepares and submits various technical reports. Performs plumbing inspections on all permitted work for code compliance. Performs investigations of unpermitted work and issues citations. Assists supervisor with special tasks as assigned. Performs other duties as assigned. 

The position routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items, such as typewriters or records boxes (up to 40 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking on rough surfaces on a routine basis.
This is a Houston Public Works Emergency Management position at the Tier III Level. 


Requires a high school diploma/GED, and up to 18 months of education or training in the area of inspection to be performed.
Two years of journey level experience related to the area of inspection to be performed are required.

Driving is an essential function of this position, candidate must have a valid Driver's License and be compliant with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2). The selected candidate will operate personal or city vehicle.


Preference shall be given to applicants who are licensed by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and who possess Med Gas endorsement.

Preference shall be given to applicants who have obtained an ICBO or IAPMO Plumbing Inspector Certificate; OR it is preferred that these license/certificates are obtained within 11 months of employment.

Preferences may be given to applicants who are certified by the International Code Counsel (ICC) and/or International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

Preferences may also be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6**.


However, the department may administer a skills assessment evaluation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION:     Yes                
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
SALARY INFORMATION                  
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.  
Pay Grade 18

Retention:  Eligible for award of up to $3000.00, upon completion of 24 months employment
Relocation:   Eligible for incentive of up to $1000.00, upon submission of qualifying receipts.
Certification:  Eligible for annual incentives of up to $3900.00, upon acquisition of eligible certifications.
Step Increase:   Salary adjusted by 3.1% upon start of 3rd year of employment
                            Salary adjusted by 2.8% upon start of 5th year of employment      

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period.

Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call 832-393-6008.

If you need special services or accommodations, call 832-393-6008. (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. 

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

Must be able to pass a criminal background check, obtain and maintain federally mandated security clearances where required.