Job Details

Electrical Inspector (OPEN CONTINUOUS)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/24/2020

This recruitment will remain open for six (6) months. •The first review will consist of all applications received from Monday, August 26, 2019 until Monday, October 7, 2019.
•If you are notified that you have been placed on the eligible list, you do NOT need to reapply and you will remain on the eligible list.
Bring your talent and expertise to the City of Portland!
Variety is the spice of life! Are you seeking to work on a variety of different, interesting smaller and larger projects, including leading-edge building designs? Do you find value in career opportunities that provide work-life balance? As an employer of choice, the City of Portland understands what draws people from other regions to join the "City That Works"!

Portland's metropolitan population is over two million, yet we maintain strong local neighborhoods and a close connection to nature. One of the few cities nationally that has parks designed for inclusivity, and streets designed for alternative methods of transportation - walking, cycling, and mass transit. With easy access to mountains and beaches, as well as cultural diversity - festivals, food, brews - Portland has a unique footprint. And nationally Portland consistently ranks high as a 'livable' city.

The City of Portland is actively recruiting for Electrical Inspectors to create a list of eligible candidates. The Electrical Inspectors with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) enhance the safety and livability of structures by performing field inspections of industrial, commercial, and multifamily residential construction projects for compliance with applicable electrical codes and regulations. 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. Electrical Inspectors work on a team that shares information, trains together, and works together.

About Our Job
The duties for this position include:•Performing commercial, industrial and multi-family electrical inspections, writing inspection reports, maintaining detailed and accurate records, and related duties.
•Interpreting 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.
•Maintaining 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.
•Providing assistance in an equitable manner to diverse customers.

The Bureau employs Electrical Inspectors in both the Residential and Commercial Inspection Sections. The current vacancy is in the Commercial Inspections Section; however, this recruitment may be used to fill future needs for the Bureau. Fluency in a second language is desired, but not required.

Please note: This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

Join us for an Optional Information Session to learn more about this position and the qualifications (see below for details).

Our Equity Commitment:
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.

Equity: Conditions that allow everyone to flourish so that race, gender, ability and/or other held identities do not determine access or outcomes.

To learn more at The Bureau of Development Services equity commitment - please review our equity commitment:


Ideal Candidate Profile
A competitive candidate for the position of Electrical Inspector will possess the qualifications/ competencies identified in the Position Description above and the knowledge, skills and abilities in this Ideal Candidate Profile. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in your responses to the supplemental questions and your resume to display to our subject matter experts the extent of your qualifications.

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1.Knowledge and experience in applying provisions of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and related amendments in Commercial, Industrial and/or Multi-Family Residential 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 and skill in interpreting and explaining technical electrical information and electrical code requirements.
5.Knowledge and skill in reading and interpreting electrical blueprints and calculations.

Applicants must also possess:
•An Oregon A-Level Electrical Inspector Certification
•An Oregon Inspector Certification
•A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record

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:


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection/.
Recruitment Timeline:

Posting: 8/26/19 through 2/24/20

Applications Reviewed: 10/8/19, 11/19/19, 12/31/19, 2/25/20

Eligible List: 10/14/19, 11/25/19, 1/6/20 and 3/3/20
(within one week of the application review dates)

Selection Phase Begins: within two to four weeks of eligible list establishment

Job Offer: within two weeks of interview dates

Timeline subject to change without prior notification

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online and answer all required supplemental questions, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
•Your résumé and answers to the supplemental question will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
•Your answers to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
•Your résumé should support the details described in the answers to the supplemental questions.
•If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers to the supplemental questions any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Do not attach materials not requested.


Applicant Instructions

Application Deadline: All completed applications for this position must be submitted online, no later than 11:59 pm on the closing/application review date listed on this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Candidate Notifications: If you are notified that you have been placed on the eligible list, you do NOT need to reapply and will remain on the list. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) may fill future vacancies from this recruitment.
Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Shelonda Simpson, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3555

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