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Occupational Licensure Specialist


Basic Purpose

Positions in this classification conduct inspections, investigations and enforcement work related to the examination and licensing of persons or businesses engaged in the electrical, mechanical, alarm or plumbing trades.  The positions determine that minimum installation standards are met to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Typical Functions

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

Inspects installations to insure compliance with minimum installation standards required by the state adopted codes; inspects workplaces to insure proper licensure of individuals with applicable laws and regulations; prepares inspection and enforcement procedure reports.

  • Coordinates state license and installation requirements with various city inspectors; advises and assists with technical interpretations concerning compliance with and implementation of local and state adopted national installation codes.
  • Investigates complaints filed concerning the business transactions and work performed by electrical, mechanical or plumbing contractors, journeymen or apprentices or alarm managers, technicians, trainees, or salesmen or firms and unlicensed or unregistered people performing work that requires a license in the electrical, mechanical, alarm or plumbing trades.
  • Initiates necessary abatement procedures to insure compliance with the appropriate licensure act and state adopted codes; performs joint inspections with other state agencies to verify compliance with state adopted codes.
  • Provides technical services to local government officials, industry and the public on licensure matters, installation standards and ordinances.
  • Gives expert testimony; issues notices of violation and initiates necessary enforcement procedures.

Level Descriptors

The Occupational Licensure Specialist job family consists of three levels of work which are distinguished by the complexity of job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned for a specific facility, institution or area, the level of expertise required for completion of assigned tasks, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I Code: J19A Salary Band: I

This is the basic level where incumbents primarily perform entry level work in a training status to build their knowledge of codes, laws, license requirements, and other procedures, rules and regulations.  In this role, incumbents will perform tasks involving routine investigations and inspections which require only basic knowledge and skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform duties at this level include knowledge of investigative methods and techniques; of state adopted construction codes and technical standards; of electrical, mechanical or plumbing theories; of the standards governing the installation, maintenance, repair and modification of electrical, heating, air conditioning, natural gas piping, refrigeration, fire alarms, burglar alarms, fire sprinkler alarms or plumbing systems in industrial, commercial or residential structures; of welding and sheet metal duct work; of the Oklahoma Electrical Licensing Act, Oklahoma Mechanical Licensing Act, Oklahoma Alarm Industry Act, Oklahoma Alternative Fuels Technician Certification Act or Oklahoma Plumbing Licensing Act.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to follow written and oral instructions; to apply appropriate trade theories and standards to an actual job; to interpret laws, codes and ordinances; and to read and interpret blueprints and specifications.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of completion of of thirty accredited semester hours in courses relating to the designing, installation and construction of electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems; OR completion of a CLEET certified course in law, public safety, correction and security; OR a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and one year of  experience in the electrical, mechanical or plumbing trades involving industrial, commercial, regulatory or institutional experience; OR licensure as a fire alarm, burglar alarm, locksmith or fire sprinkler technician, or manager in accordance with the Oklahoma State Alarm Industry Act and one year licensed experience in the alarm trade; OR one year of experience conducting forensic investigations, auditing, or providing security or law enforcement services; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Level II Code: J19B Salary Band: J

This is the career level of the job family where incumbents are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full-performance level and perform a variety of tasks involving the investigation of death and/or health injuries and damage to structures; reviewing residential and commercial plans for compliance with fire, safety and intrusion device regulations and providing comprehensive training programs on the state adopted codes for industry personnel.  At this level, limited guidance and training may be provided to technical level or entry level employees performing inspections, investigations and enforcement work related to the examination of persons and businesses engaged in various occupational trades.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of training principles and methods.  Ability is required to conduct training, and to handle complex assignments simultaneously.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I, plus two years of experience in the enforcement of the alarm, electrical, mechanical or plumbing licensing statutes as an occupational licensure specialist and certification by an approved nationally recognized certification organization as an inspector in the alarm, electrical, mechanical or plumbing trades.

Level III Code: J19C Salary Band: K

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, directing and supervising the work activities of lower level occupational licensure specialists on a regular and consistent basis.  This includes responsibility for providing technical assistance and training as well as performing related administrative functions.  Responsibilities are broadly defined and incumbents will have a high degree of latitude in planning and controlling the work to be performed.  Incumbents will predict, identify and resolve problems associated with tasks, evaluate compliance program conditions and make policy decisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II, plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices; of legal processes involving the state’s electrical, mechanical, alarm or plumbing laws; of training methods accepted by industry; and of the principles of building design and technology.  Ability is required to supervise and coordinate the work of others; to interact effectively with others in complex and controversial situations; to write reports; and to conduct code reviews.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II, plus one additional year of qualifying experience.

Selective Qualification

  • Some positions may require the education or experience to be in a specific field of work.

Special Requirements

  • Positions with the Department of Labor require completion of twenty-five (25) hours of CLEET approved coursework in public safety, corrections or security.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this position; be willing to work hours other than or 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 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.
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