Senior Building Inspector – Electrical

March 25, 2020
Hayward, CA
Job Type




The quick ability to resolve technical problems in the field is a key component. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, is a resourceful and innovative problem solver, and seeks continuous improvement. Candidates with supervisory experience in the electrical field are encouraged to apply.


Inspects plans of building and construction for compliance with building codes, laws and ordinances, particularly those involving electrical codes during phases of construction, reconstruction or alteration projects to assure conformance with approved plans and specifications and the requirements of applicable codes and regulations; trains and instructs other inspectors on electrical inspections and provides working lead assistance to other inspectors as required.


This is a skilled journey-level class that requires independence of action, judgement and discretion in interpreting plans and specifications and enforcing local, state, and federal construction regulations.

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Performs skilled inspection work in enforcing compliance with the City's building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and energy codes plus other related local and state ordinances.

Assists the general public, contractors, architects and engineers by interpreting and giving detailed explanation of requirements and application of building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes and related local and state ordinances.

Makes joint field inspections with Building Inspectors during construction of building to ensure compliance with applicable laws and ordinances and related local and state ordinances.

Helps train and provides working assistance in specialty to Building Inspectors in the performance of their duties, reviews output and quality of work performed, and provides an evaluation of same to management.

Keep records and reports of inspections and enters inspection results and corrections into the City's computerized tracking and reporting system.

Review applications for building permits, help applicants fill in required permit data and sees that all required documents and data are included.

Orders corrections and improvements as necessary and follows up on rejected work to see that corrections are made.

Reviews and approves plans and provides inspections of industrial and commercial buildings to insure compliance with electrical codes and ordinances.

May consult with designers or builders regarding load and service requirements in electrical plans.

Inspects major commercial and industrial construction for conformance with electrical codes.

Prepares correspondence regarding inspections and code requirements.

Checks instances of hazards in electrical equipment or wiring and recommends necessary corrections.

Reviews complex electrical inspection work.

Provides information to public on building regulations.

Meets and confers with Building Official and Supervising Building Inspector regarding various pertinent matters.

Devises forms, files and other procedures necessary for the efficient operation of the Building Inspection Division.

Performs related work as necessary.


Knowledge of:

  • Building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and housing codes with specialized knowledge of materials and standards to be applied in electrical construction.

Ability to:

  • Effectively train and provide working lead assistance to subordinate personnel.
  • Read and interpret building plans and specifications and to enforce their application.
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • Deal effectively and tactfully with fellow employees, the general public, architects and engineers.
  • Research and study the various building housing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes, laws and ordinances.
  • Perform moderate to heavy amounts of paperwork.
  • Perform the physical aspects of a field inspection.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Ex per ience: Four (4) years of experience as a journey level electrician preferably including one (1) year in a supervisory capacity.


Two (2) years of electrical inspection experience involving major commercial or industrial installations.

Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade.

Licenses and Certificates: Possess and maintain a valid Class C California Driver's License. Possess and maintain an International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Commercial Electrical Inspector. ICC Certification as a Commercial Combination Inspector and/or Residential Combination Inspector is highly desirable.

Supplemental Information


Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application, license,copyoftranscript, typing certificate, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications. Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Commercial Electrical Inspector (ICC Certification as a Commercial Combination Inspector and/or Residential Combination Inspector is highly desirable) to your on-line application ; certificates may also be emailed to no later than Monday, April 13 at 5:00PM . Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, employment applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, written examination and/or supplemental questionnaires reviewed by subject matter experts.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department derived from any of the exam processesmentioned above. Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employmentbackground/referencecheck that mayinclude,but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receiveemailnoticefromNeogov/Government Jobsand the City of Hayward.
The City of Hayward reserves the right to modify theselection processas necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at under the Current Vacancies tab or at Paper applications can be obtained by visiting theHuman Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow atleastone (1)hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our on-line application system is provided byGovernment Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (855)524-5627.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Closing Date/Time: 4/13/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

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