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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 391O
Category: Protective Services


This is the journey level of the series. Positions at this level work under general supervision and independently perform inspections of elevators and other lifting apparatus to determine and enforce compliance with state laws, rules, and adopted national codes for elevators and other conveyances.

Typical Work

Conducts safety inspections of elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, belt-type lifts, moving walks and other conveyances with respect to their operation, installation, alteration, repair, maintenance examination and safety testing;

Inspects within elevator cars, hoist ways, machine rooms and pits;

During inspections, ensures elevator mechanics and workers are properly licensed;

Completes and issues inspection reports with deficiencies noted to conveyance owners, issues orders requiring discontinuance of use until equipment is made safe; 

Audits elevator companies’ maintenance and control programs;

Read and understand blue prints, wiring diagrams and schematics;

Prepares correspondence, reports and accurate records of work;

Assists with accident investigations pertaining to elevators and other conveyances;.

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  ANSI/ASME Safety Codes for Elevators and Escalators, RCW's, WAC's, Uniform Building Codes (U.B.C.), National Electrical Codes (N.E.C.620), National Fire Protection Agency Codes (N.F.P.A.) and current interpretations, standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment in the elevator trade; industry hazards and safety precautions; layout and operation of elevators.
Ability to:  inspect new and existing installations and observe full load, drop and safety tests.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years’ experience as an elevator mechanic assistant or elevator mechanic;


Four years’ experience as an elevator inspector for an authority having jurisdiction;


Two years’ experience of the above and successful completion of the two-year Department of Labor and Industries Elevator Inspector training program.

Class Specification History

New class Effective September 11, 1987
New class code: (formerly 43430) effective July 1, 2007
Revised salary range, definition, typical work, and desirable qualifications; adopted June 30, 2017; effective July 1, 2017.
Revised salary range, definition, typical work, knowledge and abilities and desirable qualifications; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.