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Combination Electrical/Building Inspector

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Community Development Department
$6,118 - $7,748/month
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:      Regular, Full-Time

SALARY RANGE:                $6,118 - $7,748/month

OPENS:                 October 24, 2018

CLOSES:                 When Filled



Under the direction of the Building Official, performs electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and building inspections of commercial and residential buildings; inspects construction sites, installation methods and materials, and construction details of commercial, multifamily and single-family structures to verify compliance with standards, codes and regulations; examines construction drawings and specifications; provides information concerning construction codes and requirements.



  • Inspect electrical installations for conformance with the National Electrical Code.
  • Inspect structural, plumbing, and mechanical installations for compliance with the appropriate construction codes, applicable regulations and the approved plans and specifications when assigned.
  • Examine electrical/lighting plans of dwellings and small buildings to verify compliance with applicable electrical codes.
  • Answer questions by telephone, at the counter, or in the field regarding: code requirements for construction, electrical, plumbing, structural, energy, sound transmission control, mechanical and ventilation; permit application requirements, permit processing times and other construction related questions.
  • Maintain permit and complaint records and files.
  • Operate computer equipment to maintain inspection records and generate notices and other written materials.
  • Monitor construction projects to detect conditions that may require changes in the construction sequence; inform builders of code violations and necessary action for compliance.
  • Operate related equipment including calculator, levels, gauges, scales and tape.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints concerning alleged violations of City ordinances; assist City departments with concerns related to new and existing structures.
  • Maintain knowledge and expertise in the area of construction codes, materials and techniques.
  • Prepare written reports and records, issue code violation notices and appear in court regarding violations.
  • Perform work in accordance with established safety practices.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • National Electrical Code (NEC), International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), State and Local Construction Codes.
  • Field inspection methods, procedures, and techniques; construction procedures and methods; plan review procedures, report preparation and records maintenance procedures, oral and written communication skills, technical knowledge of specific systems to be inspected.
  • Health and safety regulations.



  • Interpret plans, specifications and engineering drawings and to compare them to construction in progress.
  • Effectively cross train in other code disciplines as assigned.
  • Provide clear explanations on procedures and regulations and to deal with the general public using courtesy, patience, and tact.
  • Resolve problems with citizens using tact and judgment.
  • Work effectively with other governmental entities, private interests, contractors and professional clientele.
  • Handle several tasks simultaneously and to meet deadlines while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail in an environment of frequent interruptions.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records as required in the inspection process.
  • Physically perform the work required, including mobility necessary to safely move about construction sites and stand, sit, or bend in awkward positions, sometimes at great heights.
  • Conduct all activities within the guidelines of the City's ethics policy.



Any combination equivalent to four (4) years of experience as a journeyman electrician in installing and maintaining electrical equipment; and two (2) years college-level or trade school course work in structural engineering, construction technology, building inspection technology or related field and two years journey-level experience in plans examination and building construction, building or code compliance inspection, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and certification. Experience as an electrical/building inspector with a municipality preferred.



  • Must certify as an ICC Electrical Inspector within one year of hire.
  • ICC certification as a combination inspector required within two years of hire.
  • Must posses a valid Washington State Driver’s license with a good driving record as evidenced by a three-year driver’s license extract.


TO APPLY:  Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, online at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530.


The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.