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City of Detroit Plumbing Inspector - Buildings, Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department in Detroit, Michigan

Plumbing Inspector - Buildings, Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department

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Plumbing Inspector - Buildings, Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department


$64,492.00 - $69,422.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Buildings & Safety Eng

Job Number



6/30/2022 5:00 PM Eastern

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We create safe environments for city residents.

The BSEED mission is to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the general public as it pertains to buildings and their environs in an efficient, cost-effective, user-friendly and professional manner.

BSEED enforces construction, property maintenance, environmental compliance and zoning codes, which preserve and enhance property values and promote quality of life to make Detroit a preferred place to reside and conduct business.

Under general supervision, inspects plumbing and drainage systems to assure compliance with pertinent codes and city ordinances, approves plans, specifications, and accepted standards and methods of work; and examines plans for compliance with pertinent codes, laws, and ordinances for the approval of applications for permits

Examples of Duties

  • Approves applications for permits when necessary.

  • Completes daily inspection activity reports accurately and neatly.

  • Examines construction plans prior to the issuance of permit to determine conformance with pertinent City and State codes /ordinances.

  • Prepares code violation cases for court and appears and testifies regarding code violations in court cases.

  • Investigates complaints of code violations and prepares notices of violation to be sent to appropriate person(s).

  • Assists in the training of new employees.

  • Inspects plumbing and drainage installations in and around new, existing, renovated, remodeled buildings of all types for compliance with pertinent codes, and ordinance requirements.

  • Determines if installations conform to the code and approved plans.

  • Performs witness test of plumbing systems for leaks, examines fixtures, appliances and special fittings to see if they are code approved types.

  • Performs related office duties as needed.

  • Works with supervisor(s) and management to improve efficiencies within the division and department.

  • Prepares and presents lectures, speeches, and demonstrations on plumbing issues

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduation or G.E.D. and preferably completion of two years of college with specialization in engineering.

  • Two years of journey worker level experience in the construction and maintenance of plumbing and drainage systems and related parts, preferably including experience in the inspectional and/or supervisory phases of the work.


  • Valid State of Michigan Journey and/or Master Plumber License required.

  • Employees in this class will be required to provide their own automobile for transportation on a reimbursed mileage basis; a valid State of Michigan Operator License required.


  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Employees certified or promoted to this class must acquire and maintain registration as an inspector and plan reviewer with the State of Michigan, as required under the provisions of Public Act #54, Rule 31, R 408-30043.

Progress toward obtaining certification will be evaluated at the end of the initial six-month probation period with a conditional six-month extension possible, after which, failure to comply will result in termination of employment in this class.

Employees in this class will within (30) thirty days make an application for provisional registration with the State of Michigan in accordance with Public Act #54, R 408.30031, Rule 31 (5) and provide written verification of completing the minimum required hours of approved educational or training programs as prescribed in Table 31 of Rule 31.

An applicant for registration as a provisional plumbing inspector shall have possessed a journey license for not less than 2 years or shall be licensed as a master plumber under the provisions of the state plumbing act, 2002 PA 733, MCL 338.3511 to 338.3569.

Supplemental Information

Evaluation Plan

  • Interview: 70%

  • Evaluation of Training, Experience & Personal Qualifications: 30%

  • Total of Interview and Evaluation T.E.P: 100%

    Additional points may be awarded for:

  • Veteran Points: 0 – 15 points

  • Detroit Residency Credit: 15 point

Bargaining Unit: 2290 - BTC Plumbers Local 98 Plumb Inspector


  • Materials, operations, construction and maintenance of plumbing and drainage systems.

  • Sanitary and mechanical principles and their application to the field of plumbing.


  • Physical and mechanical dexterity.

  • Observation.

  • Performing inspections.

  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing with tact and diplomacy.

  • Use of personal computers and common office software.


  • Read and interpret construction plans and specifications for compliance with all related codes, ordinances, and laws.

  • Detect potential hazards to public safety.

  • Climb ladders and enter manholes, narrow openings and crawl spaces, and to move along narrow, exposed platforms and beams, and to climb in and out of trenches and other excavations.

  • Work in high places and confined spaces.

  • Work in hot, dusty places.

  • Withstand noxious and unpleasant odors.

  • Interact with tact and courtesy in contacts with workers, supervisors, contractors, owners, and the general public.

  • Refer customers to the appropriate department division or other City agencies.

Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.


  • Work involves the ability to climb ladders and enter manholes, narrow openings, and crawl spaces, and to move along narrow, exposed platforms and beams, and to climb in and out of trenches and other excavations, work in high places and confined spaces, and work in hot, dusty places.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the class. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in the specification. Essential duties may vary from position to position.

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.

Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.



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Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

Have a successful career with the City of

Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.


Do you possess a High school Diploma or G.E.D?

  • Yes

  • No


    Have you completed two years of college with a specialization in engineering? -Preferred

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have two years of journey worker level experience in the construction and maintenance of plumbing and drainage systems and related parts?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have experience in the inspectional and/or supervisory phases of the work? -Preferred

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Detroit


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave ste 316 Detroit, Michigan, 48226




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