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L&I Electrical Construction Inspector, Southwest Washington

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2564983

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!  Our Values: Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability.
Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.  Here at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), we believe that your voice matters.  We value our employees and offer flexible schedules that respect your work/life balance.  In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 2.5 million workers. Learn more about L&I, the employer of choice here
Become a Labor & Industries Electrical Construction Inspector, start making a difference by providing safety inspections of electrical installations, and serve the great Northwest!  Additionally help establish a level playing field for honest contractors by fighting fraud and abuse in support of eliminating the State's underground economy.

Community and safety are the building blocks we want our L&I Electrical Construction Inspectors to build and expand their careers on. Our ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and believe in our mission to "Keep Washington Safe and Working," additionally they will have the drive to build collaborative relationships with our internal and external customer groups. If you become an Electrical Construction Inspector, you will have excellent communication skills, be willing to have crucial conversations, be a leader in the field, and thrive in a group of experts.

We have multiple positions available that may be based in Tumwater, Kelso, and Vancouver covering Mason, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties. 

These positions will be considered In-Training for 24 months. Within this period, you will learn and apply L&I rules, policies, state laws, and best practices in relation to electrical inspections. By the end of your In-Training period you will be a full-fledged L&I Electrical Inspector with the ability to: 

  • Inspect electrical installations in various stages of construction.
  • Enforce compliance with electrical licensing laws, state rules and the National Electrical Code.
  • Issue citations or correction notices for safety violations.
  • Additionally, you will enjoy effectively maintaining a busy daily schedule and using a computer to maintain and update records according to policies and procedures.



  • Check individuals and companies performing electrical installations for compliance with licensing, certification, and permitting requirements. Issue citations for non-compliance.
  • Conduct field investigations and compile investigation reports.
  • Issue approval notices for electrical installations and write correction notices when there are code violations.
  • Issue electrical fee due notices when required by appropriate WAC rules.
  • Disconnect unsafe wiring or equipment according to policy and procedures.
  • Answer questions about NEC, and Washington State wiring rules and regulations.
  • Maintain good relations with contractors, architects, engineers, electric utilities and private parties engaged in the use and installation of electrical equipment.
  • When required, prepare testimony and testify on behalf of the Department before an Administrative Law Judge, the Electrical Board, and other courts regarding investigations and findings, and to defend and support citations issued.


Required Qualifications:

  • Washington State General Journey Level Electrician Certificate, EL01 (or an ME01 license)
  • Four years at the Journey Level performing electrical work, utilizing code knowledge, understanding how and when the National Electrical Code, and associated rules and laws apply to all commercial, industrial and residential electrical installations.
  • Two years of college-level training in electrical engineering and four years of continuous practical electrical installation experience AND the General Administrators certification.
  • Four years of college-level training in electrical engineering and two years of continuous practical electrical installation experience AND the General Administrators certification.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Washington State General Administrator Certificate (AD01)
  • Ability to mediate and communicate in a positive manner during a confrontational situation; possess outstanding conflict resolution skills
  • Commitment to public safety and enforcement of electrical licensing, certification and permitting requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in a cross-section of electrical work in the electrical construction industry.
  • Experience reading and interpreting plans and blueprints of electrical installations.
  • Strong written and in person communication skills.
  • Ability to explain electrical trade rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Remain current and trained in applicable electrical codes, laws and theory.
  • Ability to crawl under buildings and into attics, climb ladders and scaffolding, enter confined spaces following approved safety policies, and follow proper procedures to perform electrical inspections.
  • Walk long distances to access assigned inspections.
  • Computer skills are necessary. Able to navigate the Internet source information, use email, and willing/able to learn computer programs and software.
  • Treat contractors with respect and dignity while enforcing Washington State laws.
  • Proven ability to manage confidential business matters, internal communications and files.
  • A self-starter able to work independently, determining actions needed with minimal or no guidance.
  • Critical thinker with demonstrated observation skills, and an acute attention to detail. Ability to review and analyze information for use in preparation of correspondence, reports and other assigned tasks.
  • Able to easily take direction and give/receive constructive feedback.
Consideration will be given to complete applications ONLY. To submit a complete application, you will need to include: 
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications stated above and why you want to work for L&I
  • A copy of your Electrical License (this may be a scanned image or an attached photo image)
  • Complete responses to the "Supplemental Questions" portion, "see resume"  will not be considered a complete response.

Supplemental Information

Application process:  
The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described above.
Applications submitted will contain the following:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
4. A scan, photo, or copy of your relevant Electrical Licenses

Other Information:

  • Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.
  • This position is represented by the Coalition (IBEW) 
  • Employees driving on state business shall have a valid driver's license.  If driving a privately owned vehicle on state business, must be insured.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us at:

 If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact Christine Dominguez at