Careers in BCD
Why Work With Us?
We (the public) all need building codes - whether in our homes, offices, schools, stores, places of entertainment, or here at the University. We rely on the safety of structures that surround us in our everyday living. The public need for protection from disaster due to fire, structural collapse and general deterioration underscores the need for building codes and their administration. The University’s Building Code Department is the office that is charged with the administration of these codes in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws as adopted by the State of Minnesota. The department’s mission is to protect the health, welfare and safety of University of Minnesota students, employees and visitors in the built environment through education and code enforcement.
The University of Minnesota is a great place to develop, enhance and apply your building safety skills to the built environment. The building safety profession is a rewarding career option, and a focus on regulatory services, codes and standards allows you to work with building trades, building designers, contractors and owners. Professional development in this field works in tandem with trade organizations, registered professionals, college and university construction technology and engineering programs, and local, state and national codes and standards organizations.
The University as a jurisdiction offers a variety of unique projects including hospitals and medical facilities, classrooms and research facilities, stadiums and athletic facilities, and system campus locations in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and many other unique properties owned by the University throughout the State of Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota offers competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, educational opportunities, assistance for professional and continuing education, and supportive leadership. If you are thinking about your career in the building safety profession, I encourage you to contact the University of Minnesota Building Code Department.
To see a sample of the projects our Building Codes team works on, visit the Capital Project Management Project Portfolio.
Current Open Positions
The Building Code Department (BCD) administers the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws, as adopted by the State of Minnesota. The division’s mission is to protect the health, welfare and safety of University students, employees and visitors in the built environment through education and code enforcement.
The Electrical Inspector position is authorized by the University Building Official to enforce the electrical provisions contained in the (MSBC). The position reviews and inspects the design, construction, alteration, demolition, and repair of all items covered by the Minnesota Electrical Code on all University properties system wide. Specifically this position administers the rules and regulations, and enforces the laws as adopted per the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) related to fire, life safety, health, and the public welfare.
This position has the responsibility for performing plan reviews, inspections and evaluations of electrical systems and installations for all new and existing buildings in accordance with the Minnesota State Electrical Code. This position is a liaison to other University departments for questions or concerns involving design, operation and maintenance of electrical systems. The position also serves as the technical code advisor and professional resource to the University construction community, architects, engineers, and owners representatives.
Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
- Examine design documents of electrical systems at different phases of design: schematic, design development and construction documents.
- Meet and correspond throughout the phases of design with project managers, architects, engineers, faculty/staff, end users and contractors with respect to electrical materials, installation requirements, electrical standards, and building design in order to verify compliance with State of Minnesota Electrical Code.
- Identify the appropriate application of codes for commercial, industrial, and mixed occupancies for existing, historical and new structures (educational & large assembly facilities, research laboratories, hospitals, hazardous buildings, underground buildings, high-rise buildings, experimental structures and stadiums).
- Discuss or explain code intent for electrical systems; providing awareness of code impacts to a project, interpretation of both prescriptive and performance code to prospective designs.
- Assessing risks of electrical systems based occupant classification and overall safety of University students, facility, staff and visitors.
- Consult with all stakeholders on building projects to facilitate flow of information with other internal and external regulatory agencies
- Examine plans and specifications submitted for permit to identify life safety hazards, minimum construction standard inadequacies, sanitation and health hazards, and other related code inadequacies.
- Coordinate plan reviews with building inspectors; combining review comments in written correspondence to designers and contractors.
- Review deferred submittal(s) and changes made to the permit documents throughout the construction process to ensure code compliance is being maintained.
- Review plans for conformity with requirements and issue electrical permits; calculate fees to be assessed for projects and submits documentation for collection.
- Conduct on-site construction inspections, record results in permit software system.
- Perform back-up field inspections for permitted projects located in the Twin Cities and throughout the state of Minnesota as needed.
- Document and initiate appropriate corrective action to enforce code compliance.
This job may be designated as essential.
The employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
Work is generally performed in the field and will include site visits to outdoor areas, roofs, mechanical rooms, controlled access areas, tunnels and confined spaces. Physical ability to climb ladders, enter tunnels and access all construction sites is required. This position may involve field inspections which may require a variety of physical activities, safe vehicle operation, tools, and equipment. May work near or be exposed to a variety of hazardous conditions or equipment. May occasionally work in closed or small areas to conduct inspection, be exposed to weather conditions, animals, sewage, fires, dust, gas, fumes, noise, asbestos, mold or other environmental conditions. Agility, strength, balance and familiarity with many and varied construction worksite conditions, tools and machinery is required.
Position requires a current Minnesota Master or Journeyman Electrical License. Associate’s or vocational technical certificate or degree and 7 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience in commercial/institutional plan review, electrical inspection, and commercial construction equal to nine years of experience.
Regular attendance is an essential qualification for this position.
IAEI Electrical Inspector Certification
ICC Electrical Inspector Certification, or equivalent certification(s) from a nationally recognized code organization
Problem Solving and Independence of Action
Problems encountered are highly varied and unpredictable, complex and often non-recurring, requiring new and creative approaches; precedents may exist and supervisor provides broad guidance and overall direction.
About the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.