Electrical Inspector 1

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DEFINITION OF WORK: This is technical inspection work performed on residential and multi-family dwelling units for the Building Division at an entry level.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Although charged with enforcing compliance with the Douglas County adopted Codes and regulations, the incumbent must do so in accordance with the County’s policy that emphasizes obtaining compliance over punitive enforcement, using the latter as a last resort. Therefore, the incumbent must use all his/her knowledge, tact, resources and ingenuity to coach, educate and assist customers to achieve compliance with applicable County codes, resolutions, policies, and statutory regulations.  Further, the incumbent:


Inspects primarily single and multi-family residential buildings for compliance with electrical codes during all phases of construction, alteration, and repair.


Inspects multi-family dwellings for compliance with Colorado Title IX and Building Code accessibility requirements and design specifications.


Answers questions from homeowners and contractors related to electrical codes.


Investigates complaints and provides a high level of customer service by defining problems and working towards solutions.


Protects businesses and homeowners from improper workmanship.


Reads maps and or GPS to organizes inspection route to achieve 100% completion of requested inspections on a daily basis. Often schedules inspection times with homeowners to accommodate their schedules.


Keeps current and informed of new construction methods, materials, safety procedures, and national, state, and local codes, interpretations, and regulations.  Advises various county maintenance departments in design and construction methods.


Assists in developing local amendments and regulations.


Issues correction notices or Stop Work orders to ensure compliance and adopted codes.


Responsible for basic knowledge of the installation requirements, specifications and manufactures standards for equipment, devices and systems that are not defined within the NEC.


Must be familiar with listings requirements of UL, CSA ETL and other recognized testing laboratories and be able to use and understand their directories.




Performs other duties as assigned.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position does not directly supervise other employees.


CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR:  Work requires general knowledge of construction materials and procedures.  Consequence of error may threaten the health and safety of building occupants.  Error may also result in construction delays or unnecessary financial hardship for the owner/builder.


INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT:  Work involves independent judgement within given guidelines.


CONTACTS:  This position has daily contact with co-workers, builders, electrical contractors, other County employees, and the public.




EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   A high school diploma or GED equivalent and a valid

State of Colorado Journeyman Electrician’s License required and 2 years of related electrical construction experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience in the following areas:


Ø  Customer service experience, including public contact and complaint resolution

Ø  Construction estimation or design

Ø  Installation, maintenance and/or repair of building systems

Ø  Regulatory interpretation or compliance


COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to read, understand and apply electrical codes. Must be familiar with blueprints, and possess the ability to communicate both written and verbally in a clear, concise and professional manner.


REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions. Able to apply logical thought process to define and resolve conflicts or problems.


CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Valid State of Colorado class “R” driver’s license required.  Must maintain a valid State of Colorado Journeyman Electrician’s License.  Ability to obtain ICC/ IAEI certification within one year of hire. Additional recognized       certifications are highly desirable.


OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:  Ability to tactfully negotiate difficult situations to achieve resolution.       Good ‘people skills’ are essential for this position.  Basic computer skills are required.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and be able to frequently navigate stairs and ladders.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is typically performed outside in weather conditions.  Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, high, precarious places, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, hazardous conditions, and possible risk of electrical shock.