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Bridge and Building Inspector Technician
This is professional engineering and technical work associated with the County Building Permit Program, enforcing the federal mandated monitoring of construction in the flood and non-flood prone areas of Montgomery County under the Standard Building Code and FEMA Flood Insurance regulations and the coordination, planning, development, location, design, construction, and maintenance of highways, bridges, and utilities associated with the County infrastructure. Supervision is exercised over technical and other personnel engaged in highway and civil engineering activities and the regulation of utilities along the County's right-of-way. Work is performed with considerable independence but is reviewed for conformance with established policies and procedures by the County Engineer or the Assistant County Engineer.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Controls and monitors construction in flood and non-flood prone areas of the County using county vehicles, building plans, standard county forms, and photos in order to enforce federal regulations and building code standards.

Works with utility companies and private contractors regarding construction and provide insight and approval for location of utilities.
Studies flood maps and ordinances to identify where building fits on the flood plain requirements.
Checks safety procedures in construction areas to ensure work crews are protected from traffic or other hazards.
Checks final grades to ensure construction meets regulations of the flood program for Montgomery County.
Completes permit application for new buildings and additions obtaining information such as location, types of improvement, estimated cost and proposed use to ensure that the location of lot and use of property complies with Standard Building Code.
Checks flood maps to determine if property is in flood prone areas in order to determine if an above flood elevation will be needed for construction.
Approves plans and specifications, computes and collects applicable permit fees, issues permits for construction.
Posts "permit required" notices and "stop work" notices to ensure that construction work is done according to federal regulations and building code standards.
Completes the Federal Emergency Management Report concerning the National Flood Insurance Program to regulate the management of flood hazard areas of the County.
Works with private engineering firms and the County survey party to establish an above flood elevation for construction in flood prone areas.
Documents with photos and records high water elevations of flood waters on inundated structures within the County for reference concerning future construction.
Reviews building plans and specifications of proposed building construction in order to determine if proposed building complies with federal regulations and building code standards.
Inspects construction in flood prone areas at three different stages, foundation, framing and the final inspection after building is completed and ready for occupancy in order to make sure building meets minimum criteria of Standard Building Code.
Documents high water elevations throughout Montgomery County during floods for future references.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Inspects conditions of new and existing bridges (approximately half of the county's 215 bridges per year) using plans and blueprints, standard county forms, photos, and/or county vehicles in order to determine need for repair or replacement and to grade bridges according to state and federal regulations.

Work with bridge maintenance crews to assist them on major renovation work such as replacing bridge pilings in order to ensure work is completed in compliance with standards.
Determines which bridges should be repaired or replaced according to inspection and deficiency reports.
Conducts on-site Bridge inspections including putting in information on bridge grading systems (i.e., Alabama Bridge Inspection Management System) of 1-10 to identify which bridges need maintenance.
Inspects bridge footings while assisting certified divers during underwater inspections.
Reads plans and blueprints in order to determine specifications that must be complied with.
Inspects bridges for signs of distress by checking physical condition of the deck, outer structure, and substructure components and the condition evaluation of channel and channel protection and culverts; assigns condition ratings and completes inspection reports submitted to the State of Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).
Keeps records on deficiencies of bridges, documents and reports deficiencies to the County Engineer for repair or replacement needs.
Documents by photos, the underside structure of worn areas of bridges and along the roadways for visual record and state compliance.
Contracts with divers, who are certified bridge inspectors, to make underwater bridge inspections.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Controls and monitors utility location/relocation on County's right-of-way using county vehicles, and construction plans in order to ensure construction work is performed in compliance with approved specifications.

Checks utility to include studying and approving plans, designating where and how utilities should be placed or relocated, and inspecting work when completed.
Reviews, approves and/or makes recommendations on submitted plans from utility companies for proposed location of utilities on Montgomery County's right-of- ways.
Inspects work of utility contractors in order to ensure work is performed in compliance with approved plans and specifications.
Works with contractors during construction in order to make adjustments as needed to manage unforeseen problems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs administrative work using County vehicles, phones, plans, blueprints, and/or cameras in order to remain current on training and certifications, ensure special projects are completed correctly, and assist the Engineering Department in meeting its objectives.

Coordinates various special projects for Montgomery County.
Investigates accidents for involving Montgomery County fleet vehicles.
Photographs accident scenes to provide the department with knowledge of the circumstances for liability issue.
Provides information to the accident reporting official on the scene.
Relays information to the Engineering office concerning needed medical care on the scene.
Coordinates safety issues observed with the department head and division superintendents.
Attends ALDOT bridge inspection training in order to maintain certifications as bridge inspector.
Attends FEMA class on Flood zone to be a Certified Flood Plain Manager and remain up-to-date on forms and certification requirements.
Knowledge of fiber optic cabling as need to enforce regulations for placement or relocation requirements.

Knowledge of FEMA guidelines and regulations governing construction in designated flood areas.

Knowledge of flood zone designations as needed to determine where construction falls under and to ensure compliance.

Knowledge of the geography of the County of Montgomery.

Knowledge of construction and maintenance methods, materials and equipment as employed in public works.

Knowledge of the laws and regulations related to planning, development, construction and maintenance of public works.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, particularly as applied to the design and construction of all types of bridges and highways in accordance with the State of Alabama Standard Specifications.

Knowledge of bridge inspection and maintenance procedures as needed to ensure bridges are maintained properly and to identify bridges that need replacement.

Ability to determine proper elevations for buildings located in a flood zone.

Ability to identify the correct locations to place utilities as needed to locate utilities to specific environments and locations of the area.

Ability to deal with public citizens and construction or utility company personnel that may be irate over compliance issues as needed to inform and persuade them to perform work correctly.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with associates, subordinates, supervisors and the public.

Ability to interpret the United States Coastal Geodetic Elevations for high water and the Federal Emergency Management Flood Prone Maps for the County and surrounding areas in management of the County's flood areas.

Ability to bend, stoop, climb, walk and crawl in tight spaces and uneven ground as needed to effectively inspect bridges and work in and around construction sights.

Ability to operate a bucket truck and work from the bucket at various heights in order to inspect bridges.

Ability to operate and work from a boat in order to inspect bridges.

Ability to communicate orally with agencies, contractors, engineers, commissioners, and the public in order to relay information and respond to inquiries.

Ability to inspect building structures at stages of construction in order to determine if work is being performed according to minimum criteria of standard building codes.

Ability to administer rules and regulations in determining flood areas and elevation requirements for structures to be constructed in accordance with the Standard Building Codes and FEMA Flood Insurance regulations.

Ability to write effectively in order to fill out required forms, reports and documentation.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and calculate square footage in order to compute the amount of charge for building permits.

Ability to compute the amount and cost of materials needed for bridge work and other projects.

Ability to maintain complete and accurate files, records and reports.

Ability to read and interpret building plans and specifications to ensure compliance with County regulations.

Ability to walk long distances as needed to perform inspection job duties.

Ability to work in adverse weather condition (hot, wet, and cold) as needed to complete job duties at work sites.
Must have a high school diploma and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in highway bridge and building construction or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must be certified by the State of Alabama as a Certified Bridge Inspector or be willing to obtain the certification within six months after hire. Must be willing to work overtime, occasionally on weekends, weekdays, and holidays. Must be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license and an insurable driver record in order to drive a County vehicle. Must be able to pass the certification requirements for Flood Plain Manager in accordance with FEMA regulations within six months after hire.
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