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Safety Standards Inspector

J10

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for the inspection and investigation of hot water heaters, amusement rides and elevators to determine compliance with applicable national, state and local regulations, codes and/or manufacturer’s specifications.  This includes the investigation of complaints, accidents or reported incidents for cause and determination of safe operating practices, equipment failures or violations.

Typical Functions

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

  • Schedules and inspects hot water heaters located in facilities owned or operated by the state of Oklahoma or its agencies, counties, municipalities or school districts to ensure the proper operation of all safety devices and compliance with international plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas codes.
  • Inspects amusement rides and elevators for proper set-up, electrical and mechanical safety and operation using a check list in the ride and/or manufacturer’s manual; observes rides and elevators during operation for compliance with safety guidelines; inspects generator trailer for proper set-up; inspects all midway and elevator wiring for compliance with the requirements of the National Electric Code, NFPA 70.
  • Issues certificates of operation for amusement rides and elevators that meet all requirements; re-inspects rides and elevators that do not pass inspection after being repaired.
  • Completes inspection reports listing all violations, necessary steps to correct them and a time frame to bring violations into compliance; consults with owners or operators to explain violations and what is required to bring the unit or ride back into compliance.

Level Descriptors

The Safety Standards Inspector job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to complete assigned duties, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: J10A Salary Band: I

This is the basic level of the job family where employees are responsible for performing routine entry level work in a training status to build their skills in conducting inspections of hot water heaters in public buildings and of amusement rides and elevators to determine if they are safe for continued operation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of laws, codes, rules and regulations for the inspection of hot water heaters, amusement rides and elevators; of inspection and investigative methods and procedures; and of safety concepts, rules and codes; knowledge of computer skills and/or office automation software; knowledge of record-keeping and report writing methods and procedures.  Ability is required to conduct inspections and investigations; to apply safety codes and standards; to provide consultation and advisory service; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of one year of experience in one or more of the following trades: machine or electrical maintenance or monitoring, hydraulics, pneumatics, heat and air, machinist, steel fabrication, or small engine or large engine repair, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one completed vocational-technical course or nationally recognized elevator inspector training program in any of the experience areas, structural welding or mechanical trades for each month of the required experience.

Level II: Code: J10B Salary Band: J

This is the career level of the job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full-performance level and perform a variety of tasks inspecting hot water heaters in public buildings, amusement rides and elevators to determine compliance with applicable national, state and local codes and/or manufacturer’s specifications.  Tasks are performed independently and employees are given some latitude technically with freedom to develop their own work sequence under established guidelines and policies.  Employees have the authority to shut down or “red tag” hot water heaters, amusement rides and elevators 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 mechanical apparatus design and operation; of the principles of mechanical apparatus and the ability to apply laws, codes, rules and regulations to inspection duties and determine compliance or noncompliance.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I, plus one additional year of qualifying experience and a current Level I Certification from the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials, and/or QEI-1 (Qualified Elevator Inspector) Certification from a notable organization or equivalent standard as determined by the Commissioner [Elevator Act 380:70-5-3].

Level III: Code: J10C Salary Band: K

This is the specialist level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility involving advanced level professional work related to conducting water heater, elevator and amusement ride inspections and investigations.  Responsibilities may include directing or coordinating inspections or investigations of elevators, water heaters or amusement rides by applying 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 a current Level II Certification from the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials and QEI-1 (Qualified Elevator Inspector) Certification from a notable organization or equivalent standard as determined by the Commissioner [Elevator Act 380:70-5-3], and two additional years of qualifying experience.

Level IV: Code: J10D Salary Band: L

This is the leadership level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, directing and supervising work activities of inspectors who are conducting hot water heater, amusement ride and elevator inspections and investigations.  Positions are assigned responsibility for reviewing and assigning work, providing training, evaluating performance, employee development, approving leave and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing other administrative functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III, plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.  Ability is required to direct the work of others and to direct multiple projects simultaneously.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III, plus one additional year of qualifying experience.  A current Level 3 certification from the National Association of Amusement Ride Operators may be substituted for the additional one year of qualifying 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 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.
  • Some positions with the Department of Labor may require applicants to have information technology experience.
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