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Electrical Inspector - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0038)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $66,125.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $90,497.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Closes: July 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position will serve as the Electrical Inspector for a wide range of electrical construction on residential and commercial projects. The Electrical Inspector is responsible for plan review and inspections for compliance with the National Electrical Code and the Washington Cities Electrical Code as well as other State laws and City of Sammamish ordinances and policies as indicated in the approved construction documents. This involves reviewing and approving construction documents prior to permit issuance and reviewing approved documents while performing electrical inspections, proper interpretation and application of adopted codes. This position assists the public at the Permit Center as well as by telephone and e-mail.  This position will be responsible for the daily maintenance and operation of electrical inspection files and permit Inspection data entry.

Because of the small size of the City staff, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of field and office duties including building inspections from time to time.  This is a full-time professional position, requiring knowledge of an advanced type.  The position serves at-will at the pleasure and discretion of the City.

The applicant should be able to develop an effective working relationship with employees, city officials, other municipal and state agency officials, contractors, developers, and the general public.

SUPERVISION:       The Electrical Inspector works under the direct supervision of the Building Official.  The Electrical Inspector will not supervise other staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs daily field inspections of residential, commercial and public facility construction projects; Assure projects are completed in compliance with applicable codes, specifications, standards, and time schedules.
  • Performs electrical plan reviews of plans submitted for review, e.g., schools, hospitals, other commercial construction, large residential construction, and plans for other projects deemed sufficient complexity to require plans to be submitted.
  • Interacts with the public and explains technical information to both technically and non-technically trained individuals.
  • Reviews residential and commercial plans and engineering calculations for electrical components to insure compliance with applicable codes.
  • Provides recommendations regarding interpretations of City, State, Federal, and Construction standards, ordinances, specifications, policies, and procedures.
  • Determines and implements necessary field revision to approved designs in order to satisfy site conditions as may be encountered.
  • Maintains accurate records to document inspections, test results, and other related pertinent information.
  • Maintains computer logs of plan reviews and inspection reports. Investigates complaints of applicable ordinance violations.
  • Reviews material testing reports.
  • Responds to public inquires or complaints related to construction activities, standards and administrative procedures.
  • Maintains knowledge of current electrical codes and changes in industry standards related to electrical materials and methods.
  • Conducts pre-application and preconstruction meetings.
  • Responds to questions and requests for technical information from other agencies and citizens.
  • Oversees the work of on-call, part time or intern electrical inspection help
  • Participates in City meetings and training events and departmental training opportunities and process improvement teams.
  • Good driving record and ability to drive a city vehicle.
  • Works overtime as assigned.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Community Development/Building Division procedures, techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of methods and practices in construction and installing a variety of electrical equipment.
  • Ability to thoroughly explain construction code requirements as it pertains to the National Electrical Code, Washington Cities Electrical Code and Sammamish Municipal Code.
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, diplomacy, patience, and courtesy.
  • Office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, Bluebeam, and Trakit Permit software.
  • Federal, State, and adopted local regulations and Standards.
  • City of Sammamish and department policies and procedures.
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records, equipment and material purchasing.
  • Basic Geometry and mathematical calculations used in engineering, drafting and review of building plans.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and other organizations.
  • Cooperate with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with professional judgment and discretion.
  • Prepare detailed and accurate daily journals and reports.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Read and interpret engineering and architectural and life safety components of construction drawings.
  • Meet schedules and legal time lines.
  • Interpret and explain City, State, Federal and construction codes, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.


Minimum Qualifications
  • A High School Diploma or GED.
  • Possess and maintain a valid and active State of Washington General Journeyman (EL01) Electrician Certificate or Master General Journeyman (ME01) Electrician Certificate.
  • A minimum of four (4) years experience as a certified journeyman electrician in the electrical construction trade, installing and maintaining electrical systems.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license and a driving record free from serious or frequent violations.
Desirable Qualifications
  • State of Washington General Administrator Certificate (AD01) or Master General Journeyman (ME01) Electrician Certificate.
  • Public sector electrical inspection experience.
  • Two to four years of college-level training in electrical engineering. 
  • Combination of building, mechanical, plumbing inspection or construction experience.
  • Prior experience or training in plan review, drafting, or blueprint reading.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Position requires the ability to transport oneself to a variety of locations, primarily in and around the City of Sammamish and King County.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. 

Work Environment

The work environment described below is representative of those that will be encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee divides his or her time between an outdoor construction site and an indoor office environment, connected by travel in a vehicle on city streets and sometimes-unimproved roads. Employee will work out-of-doors in all types of weather conditions and may involve travel to a variety of locations to perform site visit work to attend meetings. 

Employee may be exposed to noise from basic office machine operation, and may be required to walk rough terrain and climb inclines at work sites.  May also be exposed to conditions and hazards associated with construction sites and potentially hazardous materials and equipment, fumes or vapors.

Duties are performed both individually and as part of a work team.  The work environment is fast-paced and moderately noisy.  Attendance at night meetings may be required, and meeting project deadlines may require working more than forty hours per week.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.





Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075