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Board Of Mechanical Examiners

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Gives examinations for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses and certificates; approves or disapproves applications for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses or certificates, and issues or revokes mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses or certificates. The City Council makes five appointments to this six member board. Membership must include a registered professional engineer, a mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractor or master mechanic, a HVACR journeyman mechanic, a general contractor not in the HVACR business, and a lay person. In addition, all members must be residents of the City of Columbia. Length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in June.

Members & Terms:

  • James Dove - Term Ending June 17, 2018
  • Steven Oetker - Term Ending June 17, 2018
  • Philip Clithero - Term Ending June 17, 2017
  • Vacant - Term Ending June 17, 2019
  • Russell Unger - Term Ending June 17, 2017
  • Clayton Fish (Community Development Department Designee - Nonvoting)

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 6-61. Amendments.
The code adopted by this article is hereby amended by substituting the following sections in lieu of those sections with corresponding numbers in the code, or, where there is no corresponding section in the code, the following sections shall be enacted as additions to the code:
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101.5 Board of mechanical examiners.
A board of mechanical examiners consisting of six (6) persons is hereby created. One (1) member shall be the director of community development or the director's designee, who shall be a non-voting ex-officio chairperson of the board; the remaining five (5) members shall be appointed by the city council. One (1) member shall be a registered professional engineer; one (1) member shall be a mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractor or master mechanic; one (1) member shall be a HVACR journeyman mechanic; one (1) member shall be a general contractor not in the HVACR business; and one (1) member shall be a layman. The first two (2) members appointed to the board shall serve for three (3) years, the second two (2) members shall serve for two (2) years, the last member shall serve for one (1) year. Thereafter, each member of the board shall serve for three (3) years and until a replacement is appointed and qualified. The board of mechanical examiners shall be empowered to give examinations for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses and certificates, to approve or disapprove applications for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses and certificates, and to issue or revoke mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses or certificates. A deposit of fifty dollars ($50.00) must be submitted with the application. The deposit shall be refunded to the applicant if the applicant appears at the board meeting at which the examination is scheduled. The board shall meet upon the call of the chair, or upon the call of a majority of its membership, however, it shall meet within at least sixty (60) days after filing of an application for examination. Applicants scheduled for examination shall be notified at least three (3) days prior to the date of examination; with date, time and place of examination. A minimum of three (3) board members are required to have a quorum. The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) percent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the council of the vacancy.

101.5.1 Membership qualifications.  Members of the board appointed by the city council shall be residents of the City of Columbia, Missouri.

101.6 Unlawful.  It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the installation, alteration or repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration components or systems in or on any building, structure, or premises within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia, Missouri, unless issued a certificate of competency by the board of mechanical examiners, except as provided elsewhere in this code.

101.7 Certificates. The board of mechanical examiners is herein empowered to provide for the following types of certificates:
1.  Master mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.(Type A)    
2.  Journeyman mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.  (Type B)
3.  Maintenance journeyman mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic. (Type B-1)
4.   Apprentice mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic. (Type C)
5. Chimney Sweep (Type D)

101.8 Certificate types.  Certificates will be issued to applicants who meet the following requirements:
Chimney Sweep (Type D)
1.   Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.   Provide positive proof of twelve thousand (12,000) hours active employment as a journeyman mechanical HVACR (Type B) or apprentice mechanical HVACR or equivalent experience acceptable to the board.
3.   List names, addresses and telephone numbers of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
4.   Successfully complete examination as required by board of mechanical examiners , or provide proof of certification acceptable to the board .
5.   All applicants approved by the board for chimney sweep certificates shall pay a ninety dollar ($90.00) fee prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Certificate renewal shall be required every three (3) years.  Certificates issued in September, October and November of the renewal year are not required to pay a renewal fee in December.

Apprentice (Type C)
Submit application stating name, address and telephone number and employer's signature. No fee required.
Journeyman (Type B and Type B-1)
1.   Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.   Provide positive proof of eight thousand (8,000) hours active employment as apprentice heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, or such equivalent experience deemed acceptable by the mechanical board.
3.   List names, addresses and telephone numbers of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
4.   Successfully complete examination as required by board of mechanical examiners.
5.   All applicants approved by the board for journeyman certificates shall pay a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Certificate renewal shall be required every three (3) years.  Certificates issued in September, October and November of the renewal year are not required to pay a renewal fee in December.
Master (Type A)
1.   Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2.   Provide positive proof of twelve thousand (12,000) hours active employment or equivalent as an apprentice and/or journeyman heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, or such equivalent experience deemed acceptable by the mechanical board.  At least four thousand (4,000) hours of the required time must be as a journeyman or equivalent experience acceptable to the board.
3. List names, addresses and telephone numbers of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice and/or journeyman heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
4.  Successfully complete examination as required by board of mechanical examiners.
5. All applicants approved by the board for master certificates shall pay a ninety dollar ($90.00) fee prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Certificate renewal shall be required every three (3) years.  Certificates issued in September, October and November of the renewal year are not required to pay a renewal fee in December.

101.8.1 Examination and certification.  The board shall establish standards and procedures for the qualifications, examination, and licensing of master and journeyman mechanics; and chimney sweeps, and shall issue an appropriate certificate of competency to each person who meets the qualifications therefore and successfully passes the required examination. The standard examination for master mechanic shall be the mechanical contractor category or journeyman mechanic shall be the journeyman HARV category as prepared and published by Thomson Prometric, ATTN: National Construction Program, 1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108 or the ICC National Standardized Examinations Program, www.iccsafe.org/contractor (1-877-783-3926) for Contractor Trades Testing. Chimney sweeps shall provide proof of certification acceptable to the board as well as employment verification and proof of hours of active employment for the board to review.   The board shall keep an official record of all transactions.

101.9 Permit required.  Application for a permit shall be made by a licensed master mechanical HVACR mechanic, except as provided herein, mechanical permits may be issued to the general contractor, on behalf of the master mechanic, for new one and two family dwellings and building alteration or building additions for one and two family dwellings to install all or part of any HVACR system. All mechanical work must be performed by a mechanic licensed by the City of Columbia, or as allowed by ordinance. A licensed chimney sweep (Type D) shall be permitted to make application for a permit to install all or part of any equipment as defined in Section 101.10, Scope of Work, and item 5.
Any permit required by this code may be issued to any person to do any work regulated by this code in a single-family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such buildings, provided the person is a bona fide owner of such dwelling and that the dwelling will be occupied by the owner, and that the owner shall personally purchase all material and perform all labor in connection therewith.  Any person obtaining a permit under this section shall not be issued another permit within two years.
Exception:  Plumbers holding a maintenance journeyman mechanic certificate who are regular employees of the firm or corporation for which the work is to be performed, may obtain a permit to do plumbing work on the premises of the firm or corporation provided the work is not associated with work requiring a building permit.

101.10 Scope of work. The scope of work authorized by each type of certificate shall be as follows:
1.  The mechanical Masters Certificate (Type A) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the installation, repair, altering, and making additions to mechanical equipment and appurtenances; and to supervise construction or installation of same.
2.   A mechanical Journeyman Certificate (Type B) shall authorize the grantee to perform mechanical work under persons or firms holding a mechanical Masters Certificate (Type A) or to perform mechanical work as a regular employee for, and on the premises of, a specified firm or corporation.
3.   A mechanical maintenance Journeyman Certificate shall be authorized to perform mechanical work as a regular employee for, and on the premises of, a specified firm or corporation.
4.   An apprentice Mechanical Certificate (Type C) shall authorize the grantee to perform mechanical work only when under the immediate supervision of a mechanic holding Type A or B Certificate.  The ratio shall not exceed three apprentices to one mechanic. Immediate supervision is defined as being on the job site with the apprentice while work is being accomplished.
5.   A Chimney Sweep Certificate (Type D) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the installation, repair, altering, and making additions to Chimney equipment and appurtenances as defined by the current mechanical code, that are not  regulated by the building code; and to supervise construction or installation of same.

(Ord. No. 15396, § 1, 10-20-97; Ord. No. 17504, § 1, 11-4-02; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 19354, § 1, 1-2-07; No. 19675, § 1, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 20909, § 1, 3-21-11; Ord. No. 21095, § 2, 9-19-11; Ord. No. 21318, § 1, 5-21-12; Ord. No. 21807, § 1, 9-16-13)