Job Summary: Performs comprehensive electrical inspections and electrical plan review of residential and commercial construction projects that have received an electrical permit and electrical design in the City of Meridian. Responsible for verifying that buildings in the process of construction meet current national electrical code adopted, adopted codified codes, local amendments, specifications, engineering reports, plans and permit requirements. Exercises technical judgment and discretion based on extensive knowledge of the various ordinances, codes and regulations. Must have experience with methods and practices involved in constructing, installing, and maintaining and operating a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial electrical installations and appliances. Provide correction notices to the permit holder and the City of any violations. Works independently in the field and performs detailed data entry and project notes in the city’s enterprise software system or other City database. Uses independent discretion and judgment on when to require resubmittals on project scope change or plan modifications. Incumbent works moderately independently within a scheduled routine receiving general direction and supervision from the Electrical Inspection Supervisor.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: •Inspects new and existing electrical wiring and installations in buildings and structures of any size or height to determine that installations conform to approved plans and applicable national electrical codes; •Verifies that electrical equipment has the appropriate labeling and listings for the application; •Performs on-site review of electrical plans and diagrams; •Writes correction notices and requires corrections of deficiencies discovered in electrical wiring and installations; •Monitors inspection area for work being performed without permits or proper occupancy approval and for dangerous conditions; •Issues notices of violation, including stop-work orders; •Recommends temporary certificate of occupancy and certificate of occupancy; •Performs "aging" inspections of permitted work to verify work progress on projects with little documented activity or expired electrical permits; •Performs electrical plan reviews as necessary; •Coordinates the termination of power due to serious code and life safety violations with the local utilities, Electrical Inspection Supervisor and Building Official; •Verifies the proper licensing of electrical contractors and journey-level workers; •Responds to complaints from tenants about possible substandard housing conditions due to electrical code violations; •Advises electrical contractors and homeowners on various installation problems relating to electrical codes; •Provides information on electrical code and other related regulatory requirements; •Meets regularly with other electrical inspectors to develop policies and procedures to ensure uniformity of inspection; •Coordinates activities with other department and inspection staff by recording inspection results in the Accela database; •Works with other inspectors to coordinate inspection coverage of the City and to ensure that electrical work is inspected and approved prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, certificate of completion or other final approval; •Verifies correct electrical permit valuations and recommends proper adjustment due to inaccurate reporting and scope creep or change prior to final inspection approval and occupancy approval; •Works with Supervisor and Building Official to create standardized electrical inspection checklists; •Occasionally may perform electrical plan review back-up support to the Electrical Plans Examiner position; •Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, stream line work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service; •Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Specifications: •High School Diploma or GED required; •One to three years prior experience as an electrical inspector is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: •Ability to communicate effectively with people who are angry, hostile or confused; maintain composure and exercise sound judgment in adverse conditions; •Ability to work independently with limited oversight from supervisor and complete assignments in a timely fashion; •Ability to read and interpret building plans; develop innovative and equitable solutions to complicated code issues; •Ability to interpret and effectively explain residential and commercial building code requirements, relevant standards and problems with architectural and structural plans to other city staff, owners, contractors, building tenants and designers; •Operate City required software including plan review, word processing, permit tracking, email and internet related programs; •Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record; Requires education and/or experience to attain the following: •Must have experience with methods and practices involved in constructing, installing, maintaining and operating a variety of residential, commercial and industrial electrical installations and appliances; International Code Council electrical inspection certification; general customer service techniques; •Ability to detect and locate defective electrical wiring in construction, and to ascertain the state of construction and installation when defects are most easily found and remedied and recommend solutions; read, understand and apply construction and wiring blueprints, specifications, drawings and diagrams; •Ability to check and calibrate electrical test instruments; •Ability to deal constructively with conflict and communicate effectively with people who are angry, frustrated or confused; •Must exercise technical judgment based on trade and technical experience; •Ability to operate current computer software programs including word processing, permit tracking databases, email, internet and office equipment; work independently and complete assignments in a timely fashion; •Must prioritize work and maintain an efficient daily inspection route; •Must display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; •Must complete assignments in a timely fashion; •Must understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; •Must maintain prompt and regular attendance; and perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation; •Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record; •Must Possess current word processing, database, email, and internet computer software application knowledge; •Must have substantial knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC); and building code practices; •Knowledge of local ordinance amendments and codes; construction materials and properties; construction trade and common practices; time management principles and advanced customer service principles; •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public in a professional and positive manner; •Must display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; •Ability to provide and display team leadership and mentoring at all times; •Must be a team player with an open mind and willingness to adapt to different situations; •Must have classes or college coursework in electrical design/engineering; •Must possess an understanding of building code principles and engineered wood;
Licensing and Certifications: •Must possess and maintain a valid State of Idaho Driver’s License and safe driving record; •International Code Council (ICC) Certifications as a Residential and Commercial Electrical Inspector is desirable at the time of hire, required within 12 months of employment; •Certification with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is desirable at the time of hire or required within 24 months of employment; •Idaho Electrical Journeyman Licensure is desirable at the time of hire, required within 24 months of employment; •International Code Council (ICC) Certification as an Electrical Plans Examiner Certification is desirable at the time of hire, required within 12 months of employment;
Work Environment & Physical Demands: •The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, and extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter; •Employees work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards; •Hazards associated with all conditions at construction sites for new and existing buildings in varying stages of completion: heavy equipment, falling hazards, open excavations and temporary safety installations; •Lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs., occasionally lifting/carrying up to 35 lbs.; •Pushing/pulling up to 10 lbs., occasionally pushing/pulling up to 35 lbs.; •Sensory ability to talk, hear, touch and feel; •Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance; Position requires hand/finger dexterity;
Travel Requirements: •Local travel is required using city-owned vehicles.
About City of Meridian
The City of Meridian is the second-largest city in the State of Idaho and is the next-door neighbor to the City of Boise, the State capital. Though the City has a long rural history in the state centered around farming and dairy, we have experienced a great deal of growth during the past decade and have consistently been recognized in various publications as "the best place to live, work and raise a family" in the State, region and even nationally.
We have a strong culture in the City that revolves around our CARE values, demonstrated externally with citizens as well as internally between employees. CARE stands for Customer Service, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.