Electrical inspectors are responsible for facilitating the supervision of electrical projects, ensuring that facilities are up-to-code, troubleshooting, and conducting electrical tests and inspections. They follow specific manuals to conduct their evaluations, create detailed reports based on their observations, and generally report their progress to a supervisor.
Electrical inspectors often work in team environments with other inspectors and share electrical and code specifications, while some also work independently. They use a variety of tools, including, pliers, screwdrivers, tape, and other instruments. They often work in plants, construction sites, and other facilities depending on the employer and particular industry, and are encouraged to attend seminars and training sessions to stay up-to-date with electrical certifications and regulations.
Those in this position facilitate repairs to ensure that all electrical work complies with plans and standards to prevent incidents due to electrical malfunctions; they may also be responsible for issuing non-compliance letters. Strong problem-solving abilities and the ability to multitask on separate projects are very important, and they must always follow strict safety regulations and wear protective gear when working with high-current devices. Strong communication skills are also important to work well with vendors and explain electrical concepts.
A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in an inspector capacity is highly beneficial. Electrical certifications are also helpful.
Electrical Inspector Tasks
Check each project for defects, omissions, violations, and other departures from correct procedures; issues notice of non-compliance where work is not correct, and directs to the attention of the Chief Electrical Inspector.
Ensure that all electrical work conforms to adopted electrical codes as installed.
Inspect all work upon completion and sign permits giving final approval for the county that the work is safe for life and property.
Make technical inspections of the installation of new electrical systems or modification of old electrical wiring systems, motors, equipment and related electrically operated apparatus.
Conduct field inspections of signs erected for compliance with electrical codes.