Human Resources

Engineering Technician/Code Enforcement Officer


  The work involves administering and enforcing the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and various municipal codes in addition to performing the technical work of an Engineering Technician.  The incumbent reports to the Assistant City Engineer, and supervises a variety of employees such as the Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Inspection Assistant and construction employees.  Does related work, as required.

When performing the work of an Engineering Technician:

Acts as chief of party on routine civil engineering surveys to establish grades, alignments, drainage areas, curbs and rights of way;
Makes routine office computations in connection with the reduction and plotting of field notes of surveys;
Performs routine drafting work from rough sketches, computations, established grade lines and base maps;
Inspects details of construction projects to insure conformity to specifications, including the use of specified materials;
Prepares written and oral reports of inspections;
Makes drafting and tracings of property maps;
Adjusts property maps to reflect changes in ownership and structures;
Performs a variety of routine computations involving estimates of quantities of materials used by contractors;
Performs a variety of routine clerical work.

When performing the work of the Code Enforcement Officer:

Administers and enforces all provisions of New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and other codes, laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the construction or alteration of buildings and structures;
Prepares rules and regulations, application forms, building permits and certificates of occupancy for the approval of the local governing body, to be used for the administration on enforcement of the various codes, laws, etc.;
Supervises, coordinates and may participate in the inspection of various stages of construction, and upon completion of construction of buildings and structures;
Issues, denies, or revokes building permits and certificates of occupancy, as required;

Issues written notices to correct unsafe, illegal or dangerous conditions in existing structures;
Inspects, as necessary, buildings and structures for compliance with the fire prevention provisions of the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code;
Evaluates, for approval or disapproval, the credentials of inspectors not employed by the municipality, but selected by the person or firm who has applied for the building permit.  Upon approval, the Code Enforcement Officer may accept written reports from such alternate inspectors;
Issues a certificate of occupancy for a building constructed or altered in compliance with the provisions of the Uniform Code;
Maintains accurate records on all transactions and activities including all applications received, permits and certificates issued, fees charged and collected, inspection reports, and notice and orders issued;
Prepares a variety of reports relevant to Code Enforcement activities for the municipal government.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Thorough knowledge of modern practices, principles, materials and tools used in building construction; good knowledge of building trades, good knowledge of the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and City of Batavia Plumbing Code; good knowledge of the principles of fire prevention; good knowledge of field and survey methods and techniques, good knowledge of drafting and mechanical drawing; ability to read and interpret building plans and specifications and maps used in field work; ability to use mathematical, trigometric, and logarithmic tables for making computations; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other public officials, building contractors, and the general public; ability to write clear and concise reports and to maintain records in an orderly manner; ability to be firm but courteous; honesty; integrity; thoroughness; tact; good judgment; good physical condition commensurate with the demands of the job.

PROMOTIONAL:  Five (5) years of permanent, competitive status as an Engineering Technician in the City of Batavia.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Candidates for appointment in this class will be required to complete any mandated training as established by the Department of State.

Competitive Classification