Electrical Inspector

City of Portland, Oregon
September 13, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Job Appointment: Regular Full time
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Work Location: Multiple Locations, OR
Benefits: Please check our benefit tab for an overview of benefit for this position
Union Representation: This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please click here. Applicants start at the entry salary rate . If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative.

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.

Position Summary
The City of Portland is actively recruiting for Electrical Inspectors within both our commercial and residential inspection sections . The Electrical Inspectors with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) enhance the safety and livability of structures by performing field inspections of residential, multifamily residential construction, industrial, and commercial projects for compliance with applicable electrical codes and regulations. Electrical inspectors mostly work independently in the field to complete assigned daily work but are provided support from senior level staff and supervisors as needed. Electrical Inspectors work to meet the Bureau's expectations of providing excellent customer service in an equitable manner to meet the needs of the City of Portland's community. This position requires knowledge of the relevant codes and regulations, and the ability to use significant discretion and judgment when applying them.

As an Electrical Inspector, you will:

  • Perform residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial electrical inspections, write inspection reports, maintain detailed and accurate records, and complete other related duties.
  • Interpret information from plans and explaining codes and policy to customers who have varying levels of electrical code knowledge.
  • Performing record and permit searches using a variety of technologies and ensuring accuracy of fees.
  • Maintain the Bureau's customer service standards by working closely with customers to help them understand how codes and other regulations apply to their projects, and problem-solving in a positive and professional manner.
  • Provide assistance in an equitable manner to diverse customers.

Individuals hired for the residential inspection team will be enrolled in a 5 year cross-training program to secure all additional certifications required to be a combination inspector. All training is employer paid and classes take place during regularly scheduled work hours. The Combination Inspector is a journey-level class. It differs from the other inspectors by its primary focus on residential one and two-family buildings and its inclusion of all four specialty areas. Once your cross- training is completed you will become a Combination Inspector at the City of Portland and enjoy a minimum 6% per hour raise.

This recruitment may be used to fill future needs for the Bureau.

About the Bureau:
The Bureau of Development Services is committed to eliminating racism and all discriminatory practices in our services and in our workplace because we understand the positive value of equitable systems. To find out more about the Bureau's Commitment to Equity, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/670171

Virtual Zoom Meet & Greet Opportunity
Come meet the hiring managers and senior recruiter! We'll be talking about the position duties and responsibilities, day to day life in the role, review the announcement, discuss how to apply, and answer questions you may have about the position.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Jaclyn Snyder, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training, work experience and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of and experience in applying provisions of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and related amendments in Residential and/or Multi-Family projects.
  2. Knowledge of and experience in the practices and materials used in electrical installations, and in evaluating electrical construction methods and materials.
  3. Ability to write detailed reports and use various technologies.
  4. Knowledge of and experience in interpreting and explaining technical electrical information and electrical code requirements.
  5. Knowledge of and experience inreading and interpreting electrical blueprints and calculations.

Applicants must also possess:

  • An Oregon Electrical Inspector Certification (EI) at time of hire.
  • An Oregon Inspector Certification Required at time of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at time of hire.

For information about the Oregon Inspector Certification process, you may contact the State of Oregon's Building Codes Division at (503) 373-1268, or view their web site at: http://licenseinfo.oregon.gov/?fuseaction=license_icon&link_item_id=14832. If you reside in another state, we encourage you to contact the State of Oregon to understand what steps need to be taken to obtain the certifications needed for this position in advance of applying.

The Recruitment Process

STEP 1: Apply online between September 11, 2023 - October 2, 2023

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Answer to the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)

Optional Application Materials:

  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc)

Application Tips:

  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law y our salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.

  • Do not attach any additional documents. Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of October 2, 2023

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of October 9, 2023

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Mid-October

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: Late October to Early November

Step 6: Start Date: Mid to Late November

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Additional Information

Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
  • Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Closing Date/Time: 10/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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