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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

 

 

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