Company: City of Kirkland
Posted on: November 21, 2022
$84,905.60 - $99,881.60 Annually
Planning & Building - Inspection
Closing date and time
Incumbents are responsible for reviewing construction plans and
inspecting construction of new industrial, commercial, multifamily,
and single-family buildings, and remodel work to existing
structures, to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations,
thereby ensuring minimum standards for fire and life/safety codes,
structural integrity, and public welfare.Principal
- Inspect buildings and structures to ensure compliance with
laws, codes, and regulations relating to electrical systems and
state energy code requirements.
- Investigate compliance complaints and, if necessary, mediate a
- Assist with investigation of fires and enter associated
documentation in computerized tracking system.
- Review construction plans to ensure compliance with and
enforcement of the City of Kirkland electrical code; and any
additional applicable codes, laws, and regulations including the
Washington State Energy Codes.
- Performs electrical plan review when assigned.Essential
- Performs residential, commercial, and industrial on-site
inspections at various stages of construction to assure compliance
with the City of Kirkland's electrical codes and related codes, and
notes violations. Review approved plans that are posted on
construction sites to see that they are being properly implemented.
Reinspects to ensure all noted violations have been corrected. The
incumbent has the authority to stop work on a construction site if
code violations are not corrected and makes the final approval of a
structure prior to occupancy.
- Responds to public and contractor inquiries concerning
interpretation of the City's construction codes, construction
problems, and City administrative procedures. This requires clear,
concise, oral, and written communication skills.
- Investigates complaints such as litter on property, unlawful
grading, and mud on streets, and initiates the actions required to
remedy the situation.
- Investigates and responds to complaints regarding code
compliance; informs individual making the complaint if a violation
occurred and, if so, what corrective action has been taken.
- Monitors construction to see that it is completed before
occupancy of the building, the permit expires, or sees that the
permit is renewed in a timely fashion.
- Maintains adequate records to assure proper documentation of
- Inspects non-structural problems with building sites, such as
surface water problems and inadequate access, and assures that they
are corrected or referred to the appropriate City department.
- Position requires daily use of computer. Incumbent must have,
or be able to learn, basic keyboard and computer skills.
- Plans and schedules routes in order to ensure the most
efficient use of time.
- Answers questions and provides technical advice related to
construction code compliance.
- Logs daily inspections and prepares inspection reports.
- Reads special inspection reports for compliance and files
- Performs daily inspections of vehicles to include checking
tires and lights and determining if service is necessary.
- Performs electrical plan review for permit issue in the office
or on the job site when required.
- Attends pre-construction meetings with contractors, engineers,
architects, and city staff as needed.Peripheral Duties
- Must become familiar with City policies and attend meetings to
discuss Planning and Building Department and City issues and
changes in policy.
- Must become familiar with Planning and Building department
regulations to identify trees and plants on approved drawings.
- The incumbent is expected to perform as an emergency worker in
the event of a disaster.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of possible defects and faults in
electrical wiring and appliances, and of stages in electrical
construction where such faults and defects are most readily
ascertained and remedied.
- Knowledge of local, state, and regional/international building,
plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes.
- Considerable knowledge in the area of repair and maintenance,
testing, and corrective measures as they relate to electrical
- Considerable knowledge of standards and practices of building
construction, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and electrical
- Ability to read and understand complex drawings such that may
be seen for hospitals, multi- family, and office buildings and
ability to apply applicable laws and codes to residential,
industrial, commercial, clinics, hospitals, and surgery rooms.
- Maintains knowledge of the various changes in local, state, and
regional/international construction codes, which are of
technological changes in building materials and changing
architectural philosophies. This will require attendance at
college-level courses and/or trade seminars as they become
available, provided they are necessary to achieve objectives.
- Knowledge of construction techniques and material.
- Must have or be able to learn basic keyboard and computer
- Skill in reading and understanding blueprints and
- Skill in interpreting codes.
- Skill in organizing and prioritizing tasks.
- Must be able to communicate orally and in writing in a clear,
concise, and diplomatic manner.
- Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to
interaction with engineers, architects, coworkers, supervisor, the
general public etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information
and to receive work direction.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's
- The incumbent may possess any of the following combinations of
experience, education, and/or certification:
- Possession of the Journeyman Electrician Certificate (EL01)
issued by the Department of Labor and Industries and 4 years of
experience as a journeyperson electrician after obtaining an EL01;
- 2 years of college-level training in electrical engineering and
4 years of continuous practical electrical installation experience;
- 4 years of college-level training in electrical engineering and
2 years of continuous practical electrical installation; or
- 4 years' experience as a journeyperson electrician performing
the duties of an electrical inspector employed by the department or
a city or town with an approved inspection program.
- Must have good oral and written communication skills.
The position is driving to or being at construction sites a
majority of the time. Potential hazards at construction sites might
include falling objects, loose footing, and construction equipment.
The position may be required to climb ladders, occasionally walk on
scaffolding, crawl in crawl spaces, and be exposed to inclement
weather and adverse conditions. The incumbent will be subject to
call-back during off-duty hours to assist emergency personnel with
assessing electrical systems. The incumbent is expected to perform
as an emergency worker in the event of a disaster.
- Positions in this class typically involve indoor and outdoor
work in extreme variable temperature and atmospheric conditions.
Duties may require extended periods of talking or listening,
climbing, balancing, looping, kneeling, crawling, reaching,
standing, walking, Angering, feeling, and seeing.
- Incumbent may be subjected to being around high voltage
equipment and power lines, moving mechanical parts, electrical
current, vibration, fumes, odors, gasses, poor ventilation,
inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises, and
- Work typically includes exerting up to 50 pounds of force
occasionally and/or up to 35 pounds of force more frequently,
and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest)
for consideration of application. Please note how you meet minimum
qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected
for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or
email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15
day of initial posting.
Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be
required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for
COVID-19 prior to start date.
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