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Electrical/Building Inspector OR Senior Electrical/Building Inspector - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0027)

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Minimum Salary: $6,518.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,155.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Planning and Development
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Salary Range:  $6,518 - $7,481/mo - DOE (Electrical/Building Inspector); $7,104 - $8,155/mo - DOE (Senior Electrical/Building Inspector)

AFSCME Union Position

We are recruiting for one position and will fill the position with either an Electrical/Building Inspector OR a Senior Electrical/Building Inspector, depending on the selected candidate’s qualifications.

The Electrical/Building Inspector performs inspection and plan review of commercial, multi-family, and single-family residences in the process of construction, alteration or repair for compliance with code requirements and other regulations. The position enforces building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire and energy codes, and requires frequent consultations with the public.

The Senior Electrical/Building Inspector performs life safety and structural inspections of commercial and residential projects at an advanced level. Plans are reviewed for conformance with technical and administrative codes and policies including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, ventilation, accessibility and land use codes as adopted and amended by the State of Washington and the City of Mercer Island. Advanced inspection skills are needed to effectively perform inspections of more complex projects.  Employees must skillfully interpret and apply regulations in accordance with both literal meaning and intent.  Incumbents coordinate their work with that of other development inspectors and reviewers within the City to assure efficient service to citizens and the development community. This position assigns the daily inspections and coordinates the city inspection and special inspection activitie

Essential Job Functions
  • Provides technical review and inspection of buildings, plans and specifications for conformance with building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, energy, ventilation, accessibility codes, city ordinances, and state laws.
  • Perform life-safety and structural inspections of residential and commercial buildings, including but not limited to wind, gravity and earthquake resistance of structural frames and foundation systems of wood, concrete, and steel, roof and exterior wall systems, geotechnical engineering requirements, excavation and grading, water distribution, sewer and drainage systems, gas piping, HVAC systems, combustion air and energy conservation standards.
  • Review of commercial and residential projects for compliance with various building construction and electrical codes, city ordinances and state laws. This requires checking building plans for compliance with land-use standards (such as requirements and restrictions relative to steep slopes, gross floor areas, sensitive lands, lot coverage, watercourses, setbacks and height), structural integrity, fire- and life-safety and site drainage.
  • Inspect all work authorized by permit to commercial, multi-family and single-family residences to assure conformity to approved plans and applicable ordinances, codes, laws and procedures.
  • Accept applications and perform required legal notification, review for code and standards conformance. Coordinate technical review and serve as City liaison to customers.
  • Receive complaints/inquiries from customers relative to construction conditions, correction notices, or activities in the community. Gather all pertinent data, evaluate the facts, and attempt to handle the situation at first contact in a courteous manner
  • Maintain accurate and complete records.  Use permit-tracking software to track field work.
  • Decipher the "intent" of codes to ensure its practical application.
  • Analyze and diagnose problems as well as read and interpret codes, regulations, standards, plans, specifications, legal descriptions, and various governmental documents.
  • Inspects all work authorized by permit and issues stop work orders on work conducted without required permits.
  • Performs field inspections to verify that the work of contractors is proceeding in accordance with applicable codes and that special inspections are being performed when required, conducting pre-application and pre-construction meetings, responding to field emergencies, issuing “Stop Work” orders and “Unsafe for Occupancy” notices, and working with the City Attorney and other staff on code compliance cases.
  • Works with department staff to develop and implement process improvements and to coordinate workflow between review disciplines.
  • Provides technical support for staff and general public, assisting in code related issues, code research and interpretation. Provides verbal and written communication and reports, site visits and field investigations, attends public and staff meetings.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington Sate driver's license and good driving record.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Additional Essential Job Functions – SENIOR LEVEL
  • Primarily responsible for the inspection of large commercial or complex projects.
  • Assigns daily inspection workload to other inspectors to ascertain that inspections are completed in a timely manner and coordinates the city inspection and special inspection activities.
  • Coordinates inspections and plan reviews to meet scheduled dates, evaluates and recommends changes to the plan review and inspection process and implements efficiency improvements by meeting with Building Official, engineering staff, and reviewers from other departments.
  • Promotes open and effective communications between City Departments, owners, architects, contractors, and other interested parties.  Creates and provides informational handouts for the public, and represents the City at informational meetings.
  • Assists with training of staff and provides substantial input when the Building Official conducts performance evaluations of other inspectors.
  • Assists the Building Official with special projects or may be the assigned project manager.
Qualification Requirements

Electrical/Building Inspectors shall have not less than:

  • Four years experience as an apprentice and four years experience as a journeyman electrician in the electrical construction trade installing and maintaining electrical wiring and equipment; or
  • Two years electrical training in a college of electrical engineering of recognized standing and four years continuous practical electrical experience in installation work; or
  • Four years of electrical training in a college of electrical engineering of recognized standing and two years continuous practical electrical experience in electrical installation work; or
  • Four years experience as a journeyman electrician performing the duties of an electrical inspector employed by the department of a city or town.
  • Five years experience in the construction industry.
  • ICBO certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner is required within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Certification in building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes is desirable.
  • Two years of college or vocational training in civil, architectural, engineering, or building technology is desirable.
Additional Qualification Requirements - SENIOR LEVEL
  • Minimum of two years experience in municipal government with ICBO certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner.
  • Eight years experience in the construction industry.
  • Certifications in plumbing, electrical, and mechanical is highly desirable.
Other City Requirements
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form, documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements
  • Must have a working knowledge of construction practices, codes, and standards.
  • Requires a basic understanding of zoning, municipal and administrative codes, and the public-information process.
  • Must have excellent communication skills to deal effectively with homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers, and other development professionals.
  • Must have a record of good work attendance.
  • Must have a Washington State Driver's License, ability to drive a city vehicle and a good driving record.
  • Must have an ability to hear and speak clearly both in person and on the telephone.
  • Must have advanced communication skills to deal effectively with architects, engineers, and other design professionals, yet be able to provide explanations of sometime complex regulations to the general public.
  • Must be skilled in problem solving yielding accurate and immediate decisions.
  • Ability to use computerized systems for plan review and permit management, and to prepare and maintain accurate written reports, correspondence and informational bulletins.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with builders, developers, other staff, public officials, and the general public.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements - SENIOR LEVEL
  • Advanced knowledge of building codes and construction materials, practices and design, including wood frame, concrete, structural steel, and masonry.
  • Advanced structural inspection skills and experience are required for this position.
  • ICC certifications as a plumbing, mechanical, and building inspector are desirable.
  • Advanced communication skills and customer service skills.
  • Ability to handle complex and/or sensitive assignments.
  • Basic understanding of engineering principles and practices, trends/developments in the field of architecture and engineering, and of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret construction plans and to review the work of consultants and contractors.
Tools and Equipment Used

Various types of materials and equipment are used: electrical testing equipment, basic hand tools, paper records, building documents, plans and specifications, site, building and area maps, local, county, state and federal codes and ordinances, shoreline regulations, legal notices, land use planning documents, construction and design requirements, development standards, historical files, computers, blue line copy machine and telecommunications systems. Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Inspectors risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and other potential hazards at construction sites.  Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases, odors and dust, as well as poor ventilation, slippery work surfaces and the hazards related to water and/or electricity during inspections. Some work is performed indoors with prolonged sitting and fine manipulation skills required for computer use.

Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform inspections under all kinds of weather conditions.  Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking, with occasional lifting of 10-20 lbs. Inspectors must be able to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to their own safety, as well as that of fellow employees. The environment is sometimes stressful in trying to meet customer needs and/or issuing correction and stop-work notices for non-compliance.

Inspectors must follow appropriate safety procedures and use of protective clothing and equipment including safety boots, safety vests, hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves.


City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040