PLUMBING INSPECTOR I – Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Department Information, Job Summary and Essential Job Functions

NOTE: The normal starting salary for this position is $20.69/hourly. A higher hourly rate may be considered, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant and/or the City’s step placement policy.


This position is hired at the pay rate of a Plumbing Inspector I (Provisional) until employee has acquired his/her State Plumbing License within one year of hire date.


This posting will be used to fill a current vacancy in the Construction Inspections Division of the Development Services Department with the City of Oklahoma City. However, an eligibility list will be established or supplemented for filling future vacancies in the department, per provisions of the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement. This job is under the direction of the Chief Plumbing Inspector. Journeyman level skill and knowledge relevant to the plumbing field must be acquired prior to assuming the duties of this position. Essential job functions include: traveling to various construction sites to conduct ground, rough, and final plumbing inspections related to plumbing construction, installation, repair, alteration, and maintenance of plumbing apparatus and fixtures on all structures to ensure compliance with safety and quality regulations as are specified and required by the Oklahoma City Plumbing Codes. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that plumbing systems are properly installed in order to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the general public. All plumbing inspections are performed independently with unusual problems or situations referred to the Plumbing Inspector II and/or the Chief Plumbing Inspector. The employee must exhibit tact and diplomacy in communicating with citizens, contractors, building owners or managers, and departmental personnel concerning relevant aspects of work performed. Work products are periodically reviewed at the discretion of the Plumbing Inspector II and/or Chief Plumbing Inspector.


Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload or submit a copy of their DD Form 214 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of the current adopted Oklahoma City Plumbing and Fuel Gas Codes.
  • Knowledge of installation of various types of plumbing systems.
  • Knowledge of and skill in following safety procedures.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, plans, and drawings.
  • Skill in assessing the overall condition of different plumbing systems.
  • Skill in using standard office equipment.
  • Skill in recording information accurately.
  • Skill in communicating verbally and in writing using tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to interpret, explain, and apply knowledge of plumbing codes to work performed.
  • Ability to conduct rough, ground, and final inspections.
  • Ability to work independently in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Ability and willingness to make objective decisions.
  • Possession of a current State of Oklahoma Plumbing Journeyman License.*
  • Possession of a current State of Oklahoma Plumbing Inspector License.*
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a licensed Journeyman Plumber, Plumbing Contractor or Plumbing Inspector.**
  • Possession of valid driver license (Operator).

  • NOTE: Licenses must be issued by the State of Oklahoma or a state having reciprocity with the State of Oklahoma.

City Ordinance (Chapter 42 Plumbing Code, Section 42-22) requires that the employee shall have at least five (5) years’ experience as a licensed journeyman plumber, a licensed plumbing contractor, or have at least five (5) years’ experience as a plumbing inspector in a municipality of 20,000 or larger population.

The Plumbing Inspector I shall not be interested directly or indirectly in any plumbing business within the City. The Plumbing Inspector I shall not perform any plumbing work within the City.

State Law and/or City Ordinance require that the employee possess or obtain a permanent State Plumbing Inspector License within one (1) year. If an individual is selected who does not possess a permanent State Plumbing Inspector License, that individual will be classified as a Provisional Trades Inspector and be compensated at the Provisional Trades Inspector salary range until such time as the license is obtained. Continued employment is contingent upon obtaining a State Plumbing Inspector License within one (1) year from the date of hire. The salary range for the PROVISIONAL TRADES INSPECTOR is $18.97 to $29.36 per hour.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements


  • Inside and outside; exposed to heat, cold, humidity, and rain, etc.
  • Possibility of falls from working on and around slippery surfaced such as construction sites after it has rained, snowed, etc.
  • Will work from roofs, floors with no surrounding walls, etc.12 feet or more above ground level.
  • Will be working near moving machinery, power tools, and vehicles in motion.
  • Exposed to steady and fairly loud noises from machinery and equipment used at construction sites.
  • Exposed to large amounts of dust when performing inspections at construction site.
  • May be exposed to toxic gases, infections caused by micro-organisms, and noxious odors when conducting sewer line connection inspections.
  • May be required to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays and is on 24- hour call.
  • Local travel on a daily basis to conduct inspections.

Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department.


  • Strength enough to climb into and out of construction pits.
  • Flexibility and balance enough to conduct inspections of plumbing systems while standing on a ladder.
  • Extent flexibility and mobility enough to bend, twist, and crawl around plumbing systems to complete inspection duties.
  • Near vision enough to read blueprints, code books, manufacturer’s manuals, equipment labels, etc.
  • Far vision enough to drive a vehicle on the street and highway.
  • Speech and hearing enough to communicate clearly and distinctly in person, by telephone, and in a noisy environment.

Other Notes

NOTE: An eligibility list will be established from this posting consisting of applicants who receive a score of 70 percent or better. Multiple selection procedures may be utilized; a minimum of 70 percent or better will be required on each; and the results of multiple selection procedures will be equally weighted. The eligibility list will be in effect for 180 days from the date of the final selection procedure and will be used to fill future vacancies.

: This position may be underfilled as a PROVISIONAL TRADES INSPECTOR in the event the selected candidate does not possess a valid Oklahoma Plumbing Inspector License. The salary range for the PROVISIONAL TRADES INSPECTOR is $18.97 to $29.36 per hour.

NOTE: City employees are required to receive pay electronically, either via direct deposit or pay card.

NOTE: Full-Time employees on the Interdepartmental lateral transfer/voluntary demotion list who are interested in this position must submit an application through the standard process.

To participate in any selection process, former employees must be eligible for rehire. If you are unsure of your rehire status, please contact the Personnel Department at (405) 297-2530. If your rehire status has been coded “Not Eligible,” “Eligible 3,” or “Conditional,” you will need to request a review of your rehire status through the Personnel Department’s Labor Relations Division.

Upon a conditional offer and acceptance of employment, the City of Oklahoma City will conduct a background investigation/verification. Applicants will be provided contact information for any third-party reporting agencies used to collect background information in connection with conditional offers of employment.

Applicants will be provided a copy of the City of Oklahoma City’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy upon conditional offer and acceptance of the position and prior to being directed for a health screen/physical examination and drug test.

NOTE: Completion of the supplemental questions is required. Responses to supplemental questions must be supported by work history/information listed on the application/resume.


If you require reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please notify one of the Personnel Department Representatives.

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