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Electrical Inspector

Company: City of Kirkland
Location: Kirkland
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:


$84,905.60 - $99,881.60 Annually


Kirkland, WA

Job Type



Planning & Building - Inspection

Job Number


Closing date and time


Job Summary
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 Accountabilities

  • 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 resolution.
  • 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 Functions
    • 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 inspections.
    • 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 reports.
    • 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 installations.
        • Considerable knowledge of standards and practices of building construction, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and electrical installations.
        • 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 skills.
        • Skill in reading and understanding blueprints and drawings.
        • 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.
          Minimum Qualifications
          • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
          • Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License.
          • 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; or
          • 2 years of college-level training in electrical engineering and 4 years of continuous practical electrical installation experience; or
          • 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.
            Working Conditions
            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 travel.
            • 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.
              Selection Process
              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.

              Vaccination requirement
              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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