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Electrical/Building Inspector - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0035)

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Minimum Salary: $6,518.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,481.00 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 (plus excellent benefits) 

AFSCME Union Position

Electrical/Building Inspector – seeking a journey level electrician with significant knowledge of various construction disciplines to perform electrical and building inspections of residential and commercial projects. This can be an entry-level position without prior inspection experience or certification, although experience is preferred. The selected candidate must be eager to be trained in the building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical inspection duties of the position.

The Electrical/Building Inspector performs inspection and plan review of single-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings and commercial projects to determine compliance with code requirements and other regulations. The position enforces building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, energy, and land use codes, and requires frequent consultations with the public.

Essential Job Functions
  • Primarily the inspection/plan review of residential projects and secondarily commercial 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 for 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.
  • Perform site inspection for further evaluation of complaints not resolvable on first contact.
  • 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.
  • Conduct pre-construction meeting with applicants.
  • Coordinate the review of plans with other employees.
  • 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.
Qualification Requirements
  • Electrical/Building Inspectors shall have not less than one of the following:
    • Four years experience as an apprentice and four years experience as a journeyman electrician (01) 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 either the state, a city or town. 
  • Four years experience in the construction industry.
  • Certifications in building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes are desirable.
  • Two years of college or vocational training in civil, architectural, engineering, or building technology is desirable.
Other City Requirements
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington Sate 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.
  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner is required within 18-months of date of hire.
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.
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