City of Ventura

Electrical Inspector (#J16)

Unit: SEIU - General Unit (G)
$32.56-$39.58 Hourly / $5,644.24-$6,860.62 Monthly / $67,730.83-$82,327.44 Yearly


Under general supervision, to inspect routine and complex electrical systems at various stages of construction, alteration and repair; to review and approve electrical and fire alarm plans and specifications; and to conduct building inspections.  This position is a combination inspector with electrical specialty.


Electical Inspector is an advanced journey-level class in the Building Inspector series.  An Electrical Inspector is expected to perform the entire range of the most complex electrical inspections of a variety of residences, commercial and industrial buildings, and be capable of performing building code inspections at the Senior Building Inspector level. Electrical Inspector provides technical expertise on electrical matters to building inspectors and senior building inspectors.  This position is not flexibly staffed and advancement is only by competitive recruitment.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Makes field inspections of industrial, commercial and residential buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling to assure compliance with applicable codes and regulations of the City, County, State and federal agencies; issues permits for work to be performed; inspects a variety of electrical installations and other complex and routine electrical system elements including fire alarm systems; checks and approves electrical plans and calculations including California energy and City requirements; assures proper and safe installations of routine and complex building systems; coordinates inspection activities with other City departments; makes field reviews of plans and specifications; ascertains conformance to each of the model codes and pertinent provisions of State codes; confers with architects, contractors, builders, and the general public in the field and office;  prepares new codes and amendments for adoption by the City; explains and interprets requirements and restrictions; completes and maintains records; prepares clear and concise correction notices, and correspondence related to field inspections; provides training and technical assistance to other inspection personnel and to other City departments; assists in preparing community programs and public information related to assigned programs; performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: accepted safety standards and methods of electrical building construction and alarm systems; building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, specifically, the National Electrical Code, Uniform Building Code and California State building codes; and principles and techniques of electrical and building inspection work. 

Ability to:  apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to determine the quality of work and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices; work independently without supervision; evaluate construction systems to determine that they conform to applicable code requirements; evaluate electrical plans, codes and specifications to determine whether they meet code requirements; provide journey-level technical expertise on standard electrical construction and remodeling methods and requirements;  make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately; operate a personal computer using general purpose software applications; maintain cooperative working relations with builders, contractors, City staff, and the general public; enforce regulations and resolve complaints with diplomacy, firmness and tact; and prepare clear written materials.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificates:  Must obtain an electrical inspector certificate within one year of appointment.


Environment:  works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites, in seasonal climate and weather conditions; with exposure to construction noise, electrical energy, equipment, dust, and debris; may drive a vehicle to different locations; works under pressure in potentially stressful situations.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; vision and hearing in normal range, with or without correction; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sits, walks and stands for extended period of time; walking on uneven surfaces; bending, stooping, lifting, carrying, pushing, squatting, climbing; uses hands repetitively to handle, feel, grasp in the performance of daily activities; has finger dexterity and moves wrists repeatedly; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical and engineering concepts; observe and interpret people and situations, perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under deadlines.  Hazards:  exposed to dirt, dust, wood shavings, toxic chemicals, high voltage, electrical energy and wiring, solvents, hostile persons, and computer screens.


A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to completion of high school and two years of experience performing increasingly complex electrical safety inspection services are required.


CLASS: J16; EST: ; REV: 3/1/1999;