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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 391K
Category: Protective Services


Supervises Electrical Construction Inspectors or Electrical Plans Examiners; or functions as a  technical specialist reporting to the Chief Electrical Inspector by providing interpretations of RCW's, policies and codes directly related to electrical wiring methods.

Typical Work

Supervises electrical inspectors and leads in the series; recommends hiring of staff, coaches, mentors and directs subordinate staff in the accomplishment of their assigned duties and responsibilities;  develops training plans, monitors subordinate adherence to established training plans and evaluates the work performance of all subordinate staff; 

Reviews field and office procedures of electrical inspectors at least quarterly to assure uniformity and compliance with field services and electrical program central office policies and procedures; 

In conjunction with regional managers and electrical program central office staff, fosters customer feedback to identify process improvements for service delivery to all regional customers of the electrical program; maintains positive working relationships with external customers; 

Schedules and coordinates all work within assigned region; assists with difficult or complex electrical inspections; monitors and resolves inspection problem areas and acts as a liaison between field services staff (managers and field inspectors) and the central office technical specialists and Chief; deals with politically sensitive or hazardous inspections, working to resolve problems arising between electrical users, contractors, utilities companies, workers and the Department; represents the region and/or electrical program at constituent meetings; 

Provides interpretation and guidance to staff, to ensure conformity with department interpretation of applicable RCWs, WACs, and the National Electrical Code, and acts as intermediary during on-site enforcement by subordinate staff; may, if necessary, coordinate interpretation with electrical program central office; 

Maintains technical knowledge of new technologies in the electrical field, and changes and updates to the electrical code (NEC) for industrial, commercial and residential installations; conveys and explains code changes, policies, procedures and interpretations to field inspectors; 

Prepares management reports for both field services and electrical program central office; composes correspondence, prepares reports and keeps accurate work records; 

Is a participating member of the regional supervisory/management team assisting with specialized assignments and projects; through the matrix management process, assists electrical program central office with special projects and assignments (such as process improvement, work-place safety, special electrical investigations, and productivity measures); attends electrical program staff meetings; 

Monitors and tracks that subordinate staff who are engaged in electrical installations are in conformance with state law RCW 19.28 regarding licensing and bonding; writes citations upon determining violations exist; 

As property officer, is responsible for tracking, monitoring and assigning equipment to staff assigned to the work unit; researches equipment and other staffing needs, identifying budgetary needs and recommendations; 

Attends continuing education training to maintain electrical license; 

Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  Electrical Installation Law, RCW 19.28, National Electrical Code and Washington State Wiring Rules and Regulations, and current interpretations, standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment of electrical trade; industry hazards and safety precautions; computing electrical loads; layout and operation of electrical circuits; principles of supervision. 

Ability to:  supervise and coordinate work for group of electrical inspectors; read and interpret plans and blueprints of electrical installations; interpret and apply electrical codes; explain effectively with people; prepare clear, concise reports.

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

Possession of the Journeyman Electrician certificate (EL-01) issued by the Department of Labor and Industries and four years of experience as a journeyman electrician, after obtaining an EL01, in the building construction trades, installing and maintaining electrical wiring and equipment in residential, commercial and industrial structures or buildings in compliance with the National Electrical Code or equivalent experience and four years of experience as an electrical inspector determining compliance with the National Electrical Code.


Four years experience as an electrical inspector, after obtaining an EL01, employed by Labor and Industries or a city or town with an approved inspection program under RCW 19.28.360 and four years experience as an electrical inspector for a large public jurisdiction.   


Two years of college-level training in electrical engineering and seven years of continuous practical electrical installation experience and four years of experience as an electrical inspector for a large public jurisdiction.


Four years of college-level training in electrical engineering and five years of continuous practical electrical installation experience and four years of experience as an electrical inspector for a large public jurisdiction. 

A valid driver's license is required for these positions. 

Note:  Equivalent experience pertaining to the National Electrical Code to be determined by the Department of Labor and Industries.

Class Specification History

New class: Effective January 11, 1980
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-12-87
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-13-88
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, deletes distinguishing characteristics, title change (formerly Electrical Construction Inspector 2): 12-15-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 9-14-90
Revised minimum qualifications: 9-12-97
Revised definition and title change (formerly Electrical Inspection Field Supervisor): Effective 1-14-99
New class code: (formerly 43360) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 63E to 70E.