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Research Center Technician – Carpentry

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is searching for a talented individual to join its construction team in our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center. The person in this position will work closely with engineers and scientists to assist in the fabrication, assembly, and movement of buildings and portions of buildings for testing at the IBHS Research Center. Uses basic carpentry skills, basic knowledge of residential/light commercial construction, and ability to read drawings and sketches to perform framing, trimming, and finishing tasks for test buildings and portions of buildings. Operates building movement equipment to relocate structures on Research Center campus used to conduct scientific research to reduce damage to buildings from natural hazards. The successful candidate must be a person who:

  • is interested in working with and developing state-of-the-art technology in a one-of-a-kind laboratory;
  • works well in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment; and,
  • Is an excellent problem solver, both individually and as part of a team

About IBHS 

The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property damage by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. IBHS is a dynamic organization where staff work together in an exciting creative and innovative environment that is changing the world of building science. By identifying ways to build safer, stronger homes and businesses, IBHS is helping to create communities that will be able to stand up to Mother Nature.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Under supervision of the Director of Construction, Equipment and Lab Facilities, performs basic carpentry tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Calculate material estimates from drawings and sketches
  • Measure and cut wood, light gauge metals and other building materials
  • Frame test structures and displays
  • Assemble test specimens to test standard specifications
  • Install doors, windows and other items
  • Install asphalt shingles and other roofing materials
  • Install trim and accessories (fascia, soffit, gutters, downspouts)
  • Assists with moving test buildings into and out of test laboratory as well as setup and removal of equipment and      instrumentation used in tests. 
  • Under Director’s supervision, assembles, operates, and disassembles specialty house moving equipment. 
  • Assists with the construction of instrumentation support structures and equipment needed for building testing as required.
  • Assists as needed with the conducting of tests in the laboratory.
  • Conducts inventory of tools, materials, and supplies and reports any discrepancies to Director.
  • Willingness to learn to operate heavy equipment, including, but not limited to: forklift, shooting boom forklift, and      manlift.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent

Experience: Two (2) or more years experience as a carpenter. 

Other:  

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints, drawings, and engineering sketches. 
  • Ability to communicate easily with engineers, technicians, and contractors through written correspondence and verbal communication.
  • Basic computer skills required
  • Willingness to be an integral part of a team that works in close coordination on building science research.
  • Willingness to work at heights from manlift and/or catwalk as needed.
  • Ability to work alone as required – be self-motivated.

IBHS Mission – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

Research Center Technician I – Electrical and Electronics

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is searching for a talented individual to join its electrical & instrumentation team in our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center. The person in this position will work closely with engineers and scientists to develop custom state-of-the-art instrumentation and electrical solutions used to conduct scientific research to reduce damage to buildings from natural hazards. The successful candidate must be a person who:

  • Is interested in working with and developing state-of-the-art technology in a one-of-a-kind laboratory;
  • Detail-oriented and innovative in the integration of electromechanical measurement systems and computer control solutions;
  • Works well in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment;
  • Is an excellent problem solver, both individually and as part of a team

About IBHS

The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property damage by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. IBHS is a dynamic organization where staff work together in an exciting creative and innovative environment that is changing the world of building science. By identifying ways to build safer, stronger homes and businesses, IBHS is helping to create communities that will be able to stand up to Mother Nature.

Responsibilities

  • Assist Electrical & Instrumentation Director in working with engineering staff to develop instrumentation plans for tests on buildings
  • Maintain an inventory of sensors and instrumentation including their operational status, location and date of last calibration
  • Maintain and/or improve electrical infrastructure, including running conduit, pulling cable and wire through conduits, terminating joints
  • Layout, build, test, troubleshoot, and repair electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems
  • Read, analyze, and interpret blueprints, drawings, and engineering sketches
  • Good Basic Computer Skills, Windows, Microsoft Office, e-mail
  • Lead and direct other personnel on specific tasks
  • Diagnose the cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction or failures and perform preventive and corrective repairs

Requirements

  • Associates Degree preferred, Candidates with High School diploma or equivalent with five (5) or more years of electrical or electronics experience will also be considered
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience as an electronics technician in an industrial or construction environment
  • Good Basic Computer Skills, e.g. Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, e-mail
  • Knowledge of PLC systems / controls, Allan Bradley Controls Software, Rockwell Automation System, telephone systems, or data systems would be an asset

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

Design/Construction Program Plan Evaluator

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is seeking an experienced design/construction plan evaluator to review residential and commercial project plans, inspection reports and other development and design related documents for compliance with our FORTIFIED Program standards and all applicable local, state, and federal codes and guidelines.  The FORTIFIED programs incorporate design and construction guidance intended to strengthen homes against natural hazards and include an inspection and review component to ensure compliance with the FORTIFIED standards.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and occasionally involves working extended hours to meet deadlines.  Position functions 80% in an office environment with no notable hazards or adverse environmental conditions and 20% performing site visits and attending meetings with interested parties, evaluators or inspectors.

Position involves frequent reading, writing and use of computers; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.  While at the office or field site, must be able to move around the site.  Position requires visual acuity; strong verbal and auditory abilities sufficient to perform duties and responsibilities. Ideal candidates will be creative self-starters who are detail-oriented and passionate about construction.

About IBHS

The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property damage by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. IBHS is a dynamic organization where staff work together in an exciting creative and innovative environment that is changing the world of building science. By identifying ways to build safer, stronger homes and businesses, IBHS is helping to create communities that will be able to stand up to Mother Nature.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Reviews construction documents for compliance with FORTIFIED program standards.
  • Reviews evaluation forms submitted by FORTIFIED inspectors and makes recommendations on FORTIFIED compliance to Senior Engineering Manager.
  • Reviews third party audits of FORTIFIED evaluations and inspections and reports findings to Senior Engineering Manager.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of FORTIFIED related training and FORTIFIED program standards.
  • Works with FORTIFIED inspectors, professional engineers, builders, homeowners, and IBHS staff to discuss FORTIFIED evaluation review comments, design standard requirements and other applicable standards.
  • Makes site visits to projects as needed to perform periodic field audits on completed work.
  • .Participates in compliance and verification issue resolution.
  • Attends meetings as needed.
  • Responds to and handles issues and concerns from the general public regarding the FORTIFIED building programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This job has no current supervisory responsibilities.  There is a potential for future supervisory responsibilities as the institute grows.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in construction management, construction engineering, building science, building contracting or business degree plus 2 – 3 years of experience in residential plan review or construction. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of residential construction including design, construction, and inspection; residential and commercial development plan review; modern methods and techniques in the design, construction and maintenance of residential projects; methods, materials and techniques used in construction; principles of record keeping and organization. 

Skills in:  Operating a personal computer; word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software applications.  Excellent problem solving ability; communication skills; focus and attention to detail; and excellent organizational skills. 

Ability to: Perform evaluation and interpretation of compliance documentation submittals and general mathematical calculations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships with co-workers, developers, engineers, and members of the public; perform technical reading and writing; effectively utilize engineering manuals, reports, design standards, and codes; analyze and evaluate many complex and significant variables; assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; coordinate multiple assignments and meet critical deadlines; take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; organize data in order to extract meaningful information; operate a motor vehicle on public streets, highways, and at field sites; navigate across even and uneven surfaces.

Licenses and/or Certifications: Valid driver’s license is required. 

Environmental and Physical Factors:

Position functions 80% in an office environment with no notable hazards or adverse environmental conditions and 20% performing tasks outside of the office.

Salary: $40,000.00 – $50,000.00 plus benefits

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

 

Information Technologies manager

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is searching for a talented I/T professional to join its research team in our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center. The person in this position will work closely with engineers and scientists to manage and coordinate all I/T operations, ensuring alignment with IBHS’ strategic goals and will also work closely with decision makers to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support effective technology solutions for all aspects of the organization. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop and implement a macro level I/T strategy, and also have the technical expertise to work directly on micro level technology projects.

About IBHS

The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property damage by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. IBHS is a dynamic organization where staff work together in an exciting creative and innovative environment that is changing the world of building science. By identifying ways to build safer, stronger homes and businesses, IBHS is helping to create communities that will be able to stand up to Mother Nature.

Responsibilities

  • Manage I/T operations, including strategic planning, business requirements, project planning, organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources.
  • Develop and implement plans for acquiring, implementing, and maintaining efficient, effective information processing and communication technologies. 
  • Coordinate acquisition and deployment of technology for IBHS.

Operational Management 

  • Benchmark, analyze, and make recommendations for the improvement of I/T infrastructure and systems.
  • Oversee operation and maintenance of all I/T systems and infrastructure, including accounting, databases, desktops, file servers, mobile media, networking, phone systems, VPN, websites and systems.
  • Develop and maintain I/T budgets to ensure they comply with stated goals, guidelines, and objectives.
  • Develop, implement and document all I/T policies and procedures, including those for network architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing, and service provisions.
  • Responsible for corporate I/T security standards, including working with other staff to define and enforce guidelines.
  • Manage security for IBHS networks, servers, and PCs, as well as remote access to networks.
  • Oversee end-user services, including technical support (internal help desk).
  • Manage internal I/T staffing and external vendors, including selecting and negotiating services.
  • Effectively communicate project milestones and resource allocation to management team, support staff, and end users.
  • Work with Communications Department to assist with and coordinate website needs/enhancements, including IBHS member portal; ensure high availability of corporate website.
  • Direct asset management system for all I/T equipment and software, including maintaining up-to-date licensing, implementing new versions of software, assigning and managing admin rights.
  • Develop/select user training for IBHS staff as needed to more effectively utilize various information systems and technology.
  • Foster a culture focused on customer assistance and high quality service.

Requirements

  • Four year college degree, preferably in computer science or related field.
  • Ten years of related experience and/or training.

Core Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Superior English language writing, editing and speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with: Windows and Linux server administration; Windows desktop administration; VMware vSphere administration; network administration; and common desktop applications. Familiarity with Apple systems is a plus.
  • Knowledge of common web technology, such as web servers, firewalls, application servers, and security protocols.
  • Ability to train end users in a variety of software programs; ability to explain technology to non-tech users.
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate results, choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Ability to evaluate applications, vendors, devices and other technology, and create RFPs for products and services needed.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects concurrently and handle project/situational changes and day-to-day challenges confidently; ability to deal with competing demands and shifting priorities is key.
  • Resilience, flexibility, and critical decision-making skills are essential to this position.

Travel

Position requires occasional travel, primarily to IBHS headquarters in Tampa, Florida 

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960