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The City of Royal Oak is a dynamic place to live, work and play. Its central location, multitude of amenities, continued investment in the community and rich cultural and commercial tradition, make Royal Oak a premier community in southeastern Michigan. Royal Oak is located about 10 minutes from a revitalized Detroit, 20 minutes from Canada, and 45 minutes from Ann Arbor. The city enjoys easy access to the surrounding areas due to its position at the crossroads of the world's first concrete highway, historic Woodward Avenue, I-696 and I-75.

One of our favorite parts of Royal Oak is that it has the appeal of a small town while featuring many of the amenities of a large city. Residents enjoy walking from their tree-lined residential neighborhoods to our bustling downtown where they can enjoy a myriad of award winning restaurants. In the summer, you’ll find many people enjoying the sidewalk cafes at one of our many restaurants and bars or kicking back to local music with our annual Summer Concert Series.  Residents can also sample a craft beer at one of Royal Oaks numerous local breweries or enjoy an ice cream as they view our ever expanding installations of public art.

Families can enjoy playing ball in one of our 50 parks, or make a quick hop over to the Detroit Zoo where they can visit the award-winning Arctic Ring of Life and the world’s largest Polk Penguin Conservation Center where penguins swim directly past the over 1.6 million visitors annually. A point of pride is our Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. It is one of the oldest ongoing markets in the state, and hosts weekly farm and flea markets, as well as many other events such as Burgers & Brews Bash, Bacon Bash, and the Food Truck Rally.

Royal Oak is also home to several premier metro Detroit events. Arts, Beats and Eats, which draws over 400,000 visitors each year, brings artists, musicians and food exhibits to our downtown. Woodward Dream Cruise brings in 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 classic cars from around the globe each fall, and is a must see for any classic car aficionados. Over the years it has also been a draw for many other types of unique and exotic vehicles.  With the city being only 11 square miles in size, it is easy for residents to spend the day at one of these events, before returning home for rest and relaxation.

The state of Michigan is known as the Great Lakes State for a reason. Four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan. With the longest freshwater coastline in the US (3,288 miles!) and the numerous lakes (over 11,000!) and rivers, you are never more than six miles away from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline. The state also enjoys 4 million acres of managed forest land that provides beautiful outdoor spaces for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Since Michigan experiences all four seasons there’s something for every outdoor enthusiast.

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Mechanical Inspector

Closes On: January 17, 2019 at 04:00 PM EST

Location: City Hall, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Department: Community Development
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: $54,152 - $72,157
Position Type: Open Competition/Non-Civil Service
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Please submit resume, cover letter and documentation of required license.
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Job Description

A Mechanical Inspector is primarily responsible for the enforcement of the State Mechanical Code. Work assignments are in the field of furnace installations, air conditioning, air handling systems, chimneys, wood burning stoves, flues and other related HVAC systems and appliances. Assignments are broad in scope and require the use of mature judgment and tact. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Building Official and/or Deputy Building Official.

Essential Job Functions

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 A Mechanical Inspector may be called upon to do any or all of the following:  (These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform.)


  • Inspect all mechanical installations during construction and upon completion for compliance with the State Mechanical Code, including verifying compliance with approved specifications and for quality of workmanship.
  •  Enforce the provisions of the State Mechanical Code as well as all related City, State and County regulations as they affect mechanical installations.
  • Assist mechanical contractors and homeowners in making applications for permits and issue permits.
  • Inspect all replacement furnaces, air conditioning, and other related equipment in existing buildings under appropriate permits.
  • Review all plans for HVAC systems in both new and renovated buildings.
  • Investigate complaints regarding mechanical installations in all buildings.
  • Verify that all mechanical installations and work is performed only by licensed mechanical contractors as outlined in State law.
  • Prepare reports and keep records.
  • Perform related work as assigned.


Required Knowledge and Skills -
  • Thorough knowledge of the technology, methods and materials used in heating, ventilating and air       conditioning and their application under various conditions.
  • Thorough knowledge of the State Mechanical Code.
  • Some knowledge of commonly used computer software.
  • Ability to understand and interpret plans and specifications relative to matters covered by the State Mechanical Code.
  • Ability to maintain good working relations with mechanical contractors, trades personnel, property owners, the public, and other employees.
  • Ability to carry out complex written and oral directions.
  • Ability to make comprehensive and clearly written reports in connection with the work assignments.
  • Ability to schedule work activities in an efficient and productive manner without close supervision.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Ability to walk or stand for long periods of time on a daily basis, to climb stairs in buildings inspected, to access tight or cramped spaces for inspection purposes, and to drive to and from inspection sites.


Training, Experience and Education Qualifications -

A Mechanical Inspector, upon application, shall have the following training and experience:

Graduation from a high school or trade school with supplemental courses in HVAC systems and  equipment.

Five (5) years of Journeyman level experience in the Mechanical field involving a variety of construction and installation work.

Licenses: Possession of a Mechanical Contractor's license issued by the State of Michigan including  registration in at least three (3) mechanical fields.  A valid motor vehicle operator’s license and satisfactory driving record.

Registration as a "Mechanical Inspector" and “Plan Reviewer” by the State of Michigan or eligible for provisional registration.

Physical Requirements

Work is performed in houses or buildings under construction, undergoing alterations or being condemned. Some jobs require an employee to be exposed to heat, cold, noise, noxious fumes, dust, dirt, odor and dampness. Some jobs require considerable travel by automobile.

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The City of Royal Oak is located in southeast Oakland County, Michigan. The city’s 11.83 square miles has a population of approximately 57,236 according to the 2010 US census. Flanked by I-75 on the east border, I-696 on the south and Woodward Avenue (M-1) on the west side, the city has excellent highway access for residents and visitors alike. Approximately 15 to 20 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, businesses and residents have easy access to the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, the busiest international crossings between the United States and Canada. 

Application Special Instructions

Submitting an online application through this site is strongly preferred. (Only) if you are unable to complete an online application, you may obtain an application packet in the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 211 S Williams St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, or you may download an old application packet by clicking here.


The position will remain open until the ideal candidate is selected.