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Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$47236 - 89273
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2735132 / Latpro-3733522 
Date posted: Mar-06-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$47,236.80 - $89,273.60 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type

Full-Time Permanent


Community Planning, Housing and Development

Job Number




Position Information

Interested in working for Arlington County's award-winning, fully-accredited Inspection Services Division?  We have just the opportunity for you!

The Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD)  Department is seeking an Construction Codes Inspector (Electrical) to join their Inspection Services Division. The Division is responsible for working with Arlington County citizens and developers to build and maintain property throughout the County.  The Electrical Inspector ensures that all phases of building construction are completed in conformance with codes, ordinances, and approved plans and specifications.

Construction Codes Inspector (Electrical) positions may be filled at level III, II, or I based on candidate's experience and qualifications.  Once hired, the employee will receive training on materials, methodology, and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections.

Duties of the  Electrical Inspector include:

  • Inspecting temporary electrical services, electrical panels, feeder wiring, appliances, grounding, location and installation of equipment motors, and emergency power sources;
  • Using personal computers and/or mobile devices to record the results and status of inspections;
  • Preparing letters and written notices of violation;
  • Assessing job site safety;
  • Reviewing construction plans and blue prints;
  • Consulting with homeowners, contractors and construction personnel regarding compliance with codes and ordinances;
  • Researching and interpreting codes;
  • Issuing notices of violation;
  • Responding to emergency and after-hours inspections; and
  • Assessing damages.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, plus:

Electrical Inspector I:  Three years of experience in electrical or general building construction, including construction codes inspection, enforcement or closely related field.

Electrical Inspector II:  Three years of electrical or general building construction experience with one year of experience in construction codes inspection or enforcement or closely related field;  PLUS,  certification as a Residential Inspector  and  Commercial Inspector in trade specialty.

Electrical Inspector III: Three years of electrical or general building construction experience with two years' experience in construction codes inspection or enforcement or closely related field; PLUS certification as a Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty; and certification as a Combination Residential Inspector.

Substitution: Apprenticeship and/or Trade School training related to specialty area may substitute for up to 1 year of general experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with an Associate degree in related field and experience in one or more of the following:

  1. Applying and interpreting National Electrical Codes (NEC);
  2. Inspection and enforcement of National Electrical Code (NEC);
  3. Enforcement of Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC); and
  4. Commercial installation/inspection of electrical systems in mid-rise and high-rise buildings.

Special Requirements
  • The employee must obtain State certifications as a residential and commercial Building Inspector within the 12-month probationary period. Selected inspectors will receive cross training in all areas of code enforcement and may be responsible for providing technical direction in their specialty to other inspectors.
  • The employee must progress through the Construction Codes Inspector series to Construction Codes Inspector III within three years of hire, completing all of the required training modules and passing the required examinations to become certified as a Combination Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty (Building).
  • A standard County background check will be made on all candidates. Additional background checks may be necessary prior to admittance to secure federal facilities.
  • The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of employment, a valid driver's license, and must provide a copy of or allow Arlington County to obtain a copy of the driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of  March 27, 2020 . Applicants submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a continuous basis.

Electrical Inspector positions may be filled at level I, II, or III based on candidate's experience and qualifications.

The salary range for Electrical Inspector I is $47,236.80 - $72,113.60.
The salary range for Electrical Inspector II is $54,641.60 - $83,449.60.
The salary range for Electrical Inspector III is $58,427.20 - $89,273.60.

Positions require climbing ladders and going into trenches, walking up stairways, accessing small spaces and spending several hours a day standing and /or walking. Substantial time is spent outdoors or in buildings under construction/renovation in all types of weather conditions.

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Occasionally, inspections are scheduled outside of the normal work hours. Inspectors normally begin and end workdays in the office and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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