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 FIRE CONSTRUCTION CODES INSPECTOR - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$47236 - 89273
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3030720 / Latpro-3783031 
Date posted: Apr-02-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$47,236.80 - $89,273.60 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type



Community Planning, Housing and Development

Job Number




Position Information

Arlington County's Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a Fire Construction Codes Inspector to join their IAS-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division. The Inspection Services Division is responsible for working with Arlington citizens and developers to build and maintain property throughout the County.

The Fire Constructions Codes Inspector ensures that all phases of building construction are done in conformance with codes, ordinances, and approved plans and specifications by performing in-person inspections of new construction and existing properties around Arlington County. Inspectors are expected to continuously maintain and apply their knowledge of applicable State, County, and local fire construction codes, use computers and mobile devices to record the results and status of inspections, and prepare letters and written notices of observed violations.

Specific duties include:

  • Reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications; 
  • Performing inspections related to installations, testing, and inspection of fire protection equipment and systems; 
  • Inspecting and testing equipment and systems to include sprinklers, hoods, smoke removal, standpipes, firefighter's services, locks, exits, signage, fire pumps, pressurization systems, fire control rooms, and communication systems;
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on fire system code requirements with property developers and owners, architects, contractors, and other County and public agencies;
  • Identifying corrective actions necessary to bring fire protection systems and associated equipment into compliance with applicable codes and standards; and
  • Receiving continuous training on materials, methodology, and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections.
The successful candidate will be experienced in interpreting State, County, or local building codes and advising others on how to comply with these codes. In addition, they will have excellent communication skills in order to work with a wide variety of people with competing priorities to identify and resolve problems in a fast-paced environment.
Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements:
Fire Construction Code Inspector I :

  • High school diploma or GED;
  • Three years of experience in general construction or construction trade; and
  • Additional certification requirements outlined in the Special Requirements.
Fire Construction Code Inspector II :  
  • Meet the requirements for Fire Construction Code Inspector I;
  • One year of experience in fire safety systems codes inspection or closely related work; and
  • Additional certification requirements outlined in the Special Requirements.
Fire Construction Code Inspector III :  
  • Meet the requirements for Fire Construction Code Inspector II;
  • Two years experience in fire safety systems codes inspection or closely related work; and
  • Additional certification requirements outlined in the Special Requirements.
Substitution:  Apprenticeship or trade school training related to specialty area may substitute for up to one (1) year of general experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Associate's degree or higher in a related field; 
  • Experience in building or fire code enforcement;
  • Experience as a building construction superintendent or foreman;
  • Experience in high-rise/commercial building code or construction; and/or
  • Certification as a building fire inspector.

Special Requirements

1) The employee must obtain VA State ICC certifications as a commercial fire sprinkler inspector and commercial fire alarm inspector within the 12-month probationary period. This is a multi-level position, and the employee must progress through the Fire Construction Codes Inspector series to Fire Construction Codes Inspector Level III within three years of hire and complete all of the required training modules and passing the required examinations to become certified. Below are the list of certifications and associated timeframes to required at each level of this position.

  • Fire Construction Code Inspector I:  
    1. Ability to obtain all of the below certifications within 12 months of hire:
      • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector; and
      • Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
  • Fire Construction Code Inspector II: 
    1. Possession of all of the below certifications:
      • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector; and
      • Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
    2. Ability to obtain one (1) of the below certifications within 36 months of hire:
      • Commercial Building Inspector; or
      • Commercial Electrical Inspector
  • Fire Construction Code Inspector III:  
    1. Possession of all of the below certifications:
      • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector; and
      • Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
    2. Possession of one (1) of the below certifications:
      • Commercial Building Inspector; or
      • Commercial Electrical Inspector
2) A standard County background check will be made on all candidates. Additional background checks may be necessary prior to admittance to secure federal facilities.

3) The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of employment, a valid driver's license, and must provide a copy of or allow Arlington County to obtain a copy of the driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

4) Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

5) Position requires climbing ladders and going into trenches, walking up stairways, accessing small spaces and spending several hours a day standing and/or walking. Substantial time is spent outdoors or in buildings under construction/renovation in all types of weather conditions.
Additional Information

NOTE:  This position is listed as "open continuous" Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be referred on a continuous basis. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.    

This position is part of a multi-grade pay band, and positions may be filled at level I, II, or III based on candidate's experience and qualifications. The salary range at the top of this job announcement reflects the bottom of the Level I range to the top of the Level III range. Following the guidelines for this pay band, employees may earn increases and are eligible to progress through the band after acquiring additional skills, training, and/or certifications or licenses.

The salary range for each level is as follows:

  • Fire Construction Code Inspector I: $47,236.80 - $72,113.60
  • Fire Construction Code Inspector II : $54,641.60 - $83,449.60
  • Fire Construction Code Inspector III : $58,427.20 - $89,273.60
Work Hours: Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Occasionally, inspections are scheduled outside of the normal work hours. Inspectors normally begin and end workdays in the office and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

The official job title for this position is Construction Codes Inspector.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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