Job Listing: Commercial Inspector

POSITION #: 763029


SALARY: $38,795.12 – $62,072.40 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/18/11

CLOSING DATE: 12/02/11 11:59 PM


Prince William County, Department of Development Services, Building Development Division is seeking qualified applicants for a Construction Inspector – Electrical position.

Do you want to work in a progressive Department which promotes staff and customers working in partnership through effective and efficient development processes to ensure compliance with all regulations? We are looking for a customer service minded individual to provide the highest quality of service and respect to our customers.

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Performs responsible electrical inspections of residential and entry level commercial or industrial construction projects for compliance with applicable national, state and local code requirements, and life safety practices. Work involves appropriate assignments in Building Development.

Works is performed under the general supervision of the Building Construction Inspection Branch Chief in Building Development.


Building Development:

  • Inspects, as assigned, material quality, construction methods, fire and weather protection standards, handicap accommodations, working order and other aspects for erection, installation, alteration, repair or operation of items including but not limited to heating, ventilation, air conditioning, stoves, amusement devices, erosion control, and electrical and electronic wiring, controls and devices for compliance with approved plans and the State Building Code;
  • Investigates, as assigned complaints, fire damage, hazardous conditions, structural or operational failures and improper uses of buildings or structures, or electrical, systems or equipment;
  • Approves as authorized, final inspection certificates and recommends issuance of violation notices and stop-work orders to Building Official in cases of noncompliance of materials and/or methods with construction regulations;
  • Enforces Erosion Control Policy;
  • Assists Building Construction Branch Chief, as instructed, by performing inspections on specified phases of complicated construction projects such as shopping malls, high rise buildings, office complexes and by serving as member of change in use or similar inspection teams;
  • Conducts, as qualified, the more routine inspections in trades other than own specialty to assist other inspectors;
  • Answers code compliance questions of private citizens, contractors and builders which involve checking plans for basic adherence to regulations;
  • Testifies in court on code violations as qualified in own trade specialty inclusive of fire codes and regulations;
  • Writes inspection reports and maintains related records.


General knowledge of the principles and techniques of electrical code and systems construction materials and methods associated with job assignment ; general knowledge of the techniques and practices dealing with stages of construction when possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected; general knowledge of applicable sections of State of Virginia and local construction codes and County Zoning Codes and related ordinances; general knowledge of departmental policies, procedures and technical standards; ability to detect poor workmanship, inferior materials, and hazards of fire and collapse; ability to read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints of ordinary complexity quickly and accurately and to compare them with construction in process; ability to contact and firmly but tactfully effect satisfactory working relationships with building owners, contractors and the public when enforcing construction ordinances and codes and fire codes; ability to establish effective working relationships with the general public; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing ability to operate equipment, software and systems as they relate to typical tasks.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school; and 3-5 years of electrical construction or codes administration experience.


Must possess valid driver’s license;
Must pass pre-employment physical.

Effective November 16, 2005:
Must become certified by the State of Virginia as an inspector in own trade within 18 months of employment. This change is in accordance with Part 1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, the Virginia Construction Code, 2003 Edition and effective November 16, 2005, Section 105.2.2 Certification of Technical Assistants.

How to Apply


4380 Ridgewood Center Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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Prince William County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity.

Prince William County determines the legal employment status of all County employees by utilizing a two step process. Document verification is the first step of the process which is required of all employers as set forth in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The second step in our process is E-Verify, an Internet-based system made available by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. This system permits the County to electronically confirm legal employment status of all new hires.