Electrical Inspector

  • 002136

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, inspects and records information regarding low voltage, fire alarm, photovoltaic and other electrical systems; issues violation notices and maintains City records of activities; ensures all work is in compliance with City and State codes; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Conducts field inspections of permitted construction and verifies projects are code compliant.
  • Maintains accurate records of inspection activities utilizing the department computer system, files and databases.
  • Investigates allegations of unpermitted work, building, code violations, or unlicensed activity and issues violation notices as appropriate.
  • Reviews approved plans and specifications for inspection purposes and ensures that all field work being inspected matches reviewed drawings.
  • Assists contractors and general public with inquires and issues that may arise.
  • Knowledge of general building design and construction.
  • Knowledge of low voltage and alternative energy systems installation.
  • Knowledge of national, state and local electrical codes, laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of national, state and local mechanical codes, laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of testing devices and effective corrective measures.
  • Knowledge of testing devices and effective corrective measures.
  • Skill in climbing ladders and scaffolds to perform appropriate inspections.
  • Skill in providing good customer service.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related software.
  • Skill in the use of construction equipment and tools.
  • Skills in the practice of modern electrical construction.
  • Skills in the practice of modern mechanical construction.
  • Ability to effectively document corrective measures.
  • Ability to read and accurately interpret plans and specifications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively as well as to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, contractors, and the general public.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed mostly in the field conducting indoor/outdoor electrical system inspections of electrical, fire alarm, low voltage, photovoltaic, and other electrical systems. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment and tools. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, raising objects from lower to higher positions or moving horizontally from position-to-position. Specific vision abilities required by this job include; close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to operate a vehicle as a needed. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED and a minimum of five (5) years experience as an electrical inspector, master electrician, engineer, or competent mechanic in charge of electrical construction. Certified by the International Code Council. Must possess Journeyman Electrician License or be certified as a Electrical Inspector by the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation in accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 468 or the ability to obtain within twenty-four (24) months of appointment. Valid State of Florida driver's license is required, or the ability to obtain one upon employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required; a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

Last revision date: May 2009