Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P0007 / Trades Inspector
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages the campus-wide operation, maintenance, repair and renewal of a set of facility infrastructure systems, such as electrical, HVAC, plumbing, mechanical or structural systems. Serves as the project lead of Physical Plant funded contract repair projects ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 in scope. Manages a variety of programs up to $350,000. Serves as the university's contact for review and approval of both in-house and contract repairs to assigned systems. Serves as qualifying party to pull annual permits. May be required to act as the Qualifying Party and assign contractor's licenses to the university as described by statute governing the operations of the State Construction Industries Division (CID).

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Inspects contract and in-house construction work in progress; Evaluates quality of workmanship and compliance with specifications and codes.
  2. Monitors the general condition of plant, systems, and equipment within area of trades specialty; documents deteriorating parts and systems, and prepares justifications and cost estimates for repair for submission during budget review; advises management on the need for unbudgeted emergency repairs.
  3. Manages heavy repair projects performed by contractors as assigned.
  4. Coordinates state inspections of major construction projects.
  5. Gathers field information to assist engineers in problem solving and design projects.
  6. Monitors work performed by contractors, and verifies and assists preventive maintenance in determining work quality and completeness before payment.
  7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  8. Advises management on the development and implementation of preventive maintenance strategies within area of trades specialty.
  9. May design projects for contract repair and alteration.
  10. Serves as the university "Authority Having Jurisdiction" over the trade when communicating with state agencies regarding construction permits, code inspections, and code corrective actions.
  11. Holds the university's annual permit as described by statute governing the operations of the State Construction Industries Division (CID), and serves as a liaison to the state CID.
  12. Assists in expediting "permit to construct", plan reviews, and facilities code inspections by state CID inspectors.
  13. Assists UNM technicians with unique installations or system troubleshooting.
  14. Serves as the university's primary evaluator for workplace safety in the trade specialty.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: State of New Mexico Journeyman's License in Appropriate Trade(s); New Mexico Contractor's License in appropriate trade.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to perform inspections and/or approve installations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of operational standards and tolerances for applicable machinery/equipment.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of all federal, state, and local codes and ordinances pertinent to facilities planning, design, construction, and maintenance.
  • Ability to manage plant construction and/or repair projects.
  • Ability to make evaluative judgments.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance principles and procedures within area of specialty.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • International Code Council Certification as an Inspector in appropriate trade area(s) or New Mexico Inspectors License in appropriate trade must be obtained within 6 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/21/2022