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Boiler/Pressure Vessel and Alt Fuel Inspector

J16

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the inspection and investigation of boilers and pressure vessels, education, community outreach, awareness and the inspection and investigation of alternative fuel conversion shops, garages, and fuel facilities to determine compliance with applicable national, state and local laws, codes and/or manufacturer’s specifications.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Conducts inspections of hot water heaters, boilers, and pressure vessels for construction, installation, condition and operation; checks and tests vessel components; documents findings on inspection reports; ensures quality control and safety standards of operation are in place; issues or suspends certification of operation of hot water heaters, boilers, pressure vessels, and alternative fuel facilities in accordance with the applicable code; collects or arranges for the billing of fees.
  • Authorizes and reviews all repairs and alteration methods, welding procedures, welders and calculations; sets inspection and hold points to be witnessed; witnesses final hydrostatic test.
  • Reviews renewal applications and any new applications from firms or corporations engaged in the service, repair and/or installation of boilers or pressure vessels; reviews quality control programs to ensure their procedures and qualifications are in compliance with applicable statutes and codes.
  • Inspects downstream welded steam lines or piping, and weld test facilities to determine compliance with State Welding Act; checks certification of welders.
  • Prepares activity reports and inspection schedules.
  • Reviews and approves plans for construction of alternative fuel fill stations.
  • Conducts field inspections of shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of conversion vehicles, to ensure individuals are licensed at the appropriate license based on the type of services being provided.
  • Conducts field inspections; verifies dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities, documents findings on inspection reports; ensures quality control and safety standards of operation are in place; issues or suspends certification of operation in accordance with NFPA 52; collects or arranges for the billing of fees.
  • Conducts complaint and accident investigations.
  • Conducts education outreach to provide requirements for compliance.

Level Descriptors

The Boiler and Pressure Vessel and Alt Fuel Inspector job family has four levels of work which are distinguished by the complexity of job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned and the level of expertise required for completion of assigned tasks.

Level I: Code: J16A Salary Band: I

This is the basic level where employees are responsible for performing inspection and compliance duties with close supervision and receive specialized training on boilers, pressure vessels, steam lines, weld procedures and applicable rules, methods and techniques. Routine entry level work is performing in a training status to build their skills in conducting inspections and verifying dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities, conducting inspections on pressure vessels, boilers, and hot water heaters, conducting field inspections of conversion shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of alternative fuel conversion vehicles. Authority is given to shut down or “red tag” alternative fuel facilities, hot water heaters, boilers, and pressure vessels.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities required at this level are knowledge of pressure retaining items such as boilers, pressure vessels and steam lines; of basic mechanical apparatus/equipment theory and operation; of laws, codes, rules and regulations for the inspection and verification of dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities; ;of inspection of pressure vessels; and of conducting field inspections of conversion shops, garages and companies; of inspection and investigative methods and procedures; of report writing. Ability is required to conduct inspections and investigations; to write reports; to apply safety codes and standards; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to learn complex mathematical formulas; and to work in close, confined spaces and work in high places.

Education And Experience requirements at this level consist of sixty semester hours of college, including twelve hours of mathematics or physical science and one year of experience in one or more of the following trades: pressure retaining items such as boilers, pressure vessels, CNG/LPG cylinders, machine or electrical maintenance or monitoring, hydraulics, pneumatics, heat and air, machinist, steel fabrication, or small or large engine repair; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Level II: Code: J16B Salary Band: J

This is the career level of the job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full-performance level, tasks are performed independently and incumbents are given some latitude technically with freedom to develop their own work sequence under established guidelines and policies. Incumbents also inspect and review quality control and safe operation standards evaluation and assessment, and evaluate the engineering and design capabilities as well as the configuration of the environment in which installation and operation occurs, using a variety of applicable standards and calculations. A variety of tasks are performed conducting inspections and verifying dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities and verifying dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities, and conducting inspections on pressure vessels, and conduct field inspections of conversion shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of conversion vehicles to determine compliance with NFPA 52, applicable national, state and local codes and/or manufacturer’s specifications. At this level, authority is given to shut down or “red tag” boilers, alternative fuel facilities, pressure vessels, conversion shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of conversion vehicles when warranted and issue operation certificates when safe.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I, plus knowledge of quality control methods and procedures; and of mechanical engineering and scientific formula and their specific application to a variety of sophisticated devices and complex installations. Ability is required to provide consultation and advice; and to discern appropriate formulas and codes for complex applications.

Education And Experience requirements at this level consist of those included in Level I and a current Alternative Fuels Technician license with all applicable fuel types, Electric Vehicle Technician license, Level I Compressor Technician License and/or possession of a valid Commission issued by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. (No substitution will be allowed for the valid Commission)

Level III: Code: J16C Salary Band: L

This is the specialist level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility involving advanced level professional work in any required program areas. Responsibilities may include conducting joint reviews, performing all activities required in program areas, conducting or directing boiler, pressure vessel, hot water heater, and alternative fuel facility inspections and verifying dispenser accuracy at alternative fuel facilities. May also include conducting field inspections of conversion shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of conversion vehicles by applying NFPA 52 and applicable national, state and local codes and/or manufacturer’s specifications. Tasks are performed independently with minimal supervision; the employee is given latitude technically with freedom to develop and recommend new guidelines and policies as applicable. Required to train lower level inspectors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus the ability to train others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II, plus two additional years of qualifying experience and Level II Compressor Technician Certification or ASME/NB Team Leader Certification.

Level IV: Code: J16D Salary Band: L

This is the leadership level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, directing and supervising the work activities of inspectors who are conducting joint reviews, inspections, or investigations of hot water heaters, boilers, pressure vessels, conversion shops, garages and companies engaged in the service, repair or installation of alternative fuel conversion vehicles, and verifying dispenser accuracy for alternative fuel facilities. Positions are assigned responsibility for the supervision of Boiler/Pressure Vessel and Alternative Fuel Inspectors, including reviewing and assigning work, providing training and evaluating performance. Some positions provide direct supervision which includes responsibilities for employee development, approving leave and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing related administrative functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus ability is required to conduct multiple projects simultaneously.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two additional years of qualifying experience in the inspection of boilers and pressure vessels to also include in-service inspections, accident and incident investigations and review of repair and alteration plans and computations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting the successful completion of the “B” endorsement examination, offered by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, for twelve months of the required experience.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this position; be willing to work hours other than on regular shifts during emergency or high volume situations.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employees are frequently required to stand, walk and reach; and talk and hear. Routinely, employees are required to sit; to manipulate or feel objects, tools or controls; climb (for extended distances) and/or balance; ascend/descend ladders and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Job performance may result in minimal noise exposure, the minimal possibility of chemical exposure and exposure to work environments where chemicals are present.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision with the ability to see defects during an inspection, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to differentiate between colors.
  • Position requires the employee to be able to wear suitable Personal Protective Equipment related to inspection type, work outdoors, to deal with all weather extremes, carry tool bags containing tools, handle all tools required to facilitate inspection and, for some specific jobs, be able to carry 25 pounds up to 400 feet and be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be willing to work irregular hours in dangerous adverse environments such as high voltage electrical lines, natural gas leaks and unsanitary areas; must have and maintain the physical and mental stamina to perform the work and willingness to accept the physical discomforts and hazards inherent in the job, including but not limited to climbing up to 200 ft. on ladders or similar structures, crawling in confined, dark spaces and walking at heights on unstable or slippery footings; and must be willing to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
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