Commercial Building Inspector (OPEN UNTIL FILLED)

  • 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California
  • Jun 18, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: 5861.00 - 7064.00 USD

Job Description

Position Description


Under supervision, Commercial Building Inspectors examine, evaluate, and approve building construction, electrical, plumbing and mechanical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings in accordance with applicable building regulations and codes, and whose plans and specifications require the signature of a professional licensed by the State of California. Commercial Building Inspectors also provide consulting services to architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and owners.

This position is ideal for individuals who enjoy some autonomy in their work, but are efficient and effective in a team environment and who find fulfillment in assisting others with identifying and resolving problems. This work section is fast-paced and requires strong customer service skills as interaction with the public and contractors is a vital part of normal duties.

One vacancy exists in the Planning and Development Department. Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of three (3) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period at the City's discretion. If the examination process is suspended for this recruitment, the eligible list may be limited to three (3) months.

Conditions of Employment

All newly hired and current City employees are required to comply with Administrative Order 6-30 Employee Covid-19 Safety Protocols. For more information, please visit: Personnel Services | Policies and MOUs (

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

HEALTH INSURANCE: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings.
VACATION LEAVE: Accrue (8-14) days per year.
SICK LEAVE: Eight (8) hours per month, available after 90 days
SUPPLEMENTAL SICK- 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum
HOLIDAYS: Ten (10) City-observed annual holidays plus birthday and two (2) personal days.
SHORT TERM DISABILITY: Provided through California SDI program.
BILINGUAL PREMIUM: PAY: $100 per month
HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT: To reimburse retirement medical insurance and qualified medical expenses.
RETIREMENT: City of Fresno Retirement Systems, one of the best funded public systems in the state. Reciprocity with other CA public agencies. Vested in Retirement benefits after 5 years of service. City employees do not participate in Social Security.
DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at

The Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure a place on the eligibility list.

Three (3) years of journey level trades experience as a contractor (with electrical, plumbing, or mechanical emphasis); OR three (3) years of journey level trades experience as an electrician, plumber, or air conditioning mechanic installer involved in commercial or industrial construction;


Completion of thirty (30) units from an accredited college or university with major course work in one of the following: Construction technology, architectural drafting, industrial technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering, engineering technology or closely related field.

Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Qualifying experience with an emphasis in Electrical Systems is strongly preferred.

Certification as a Commercial Combination Inspector or a Combination Inspector is desirable.

Please attach all relevant documentation as verification of qualifications. If qualifying with college units, please attach applicable college transcripts verifying course completion. Failure to attach documentation may result in the application being rejected.

Eligibles certified for consideration for hire will be required to successfully pass a Department interview and a Department of Justice fingerprint prior to employment with the City of Fresno. Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at time of appointment, therefore, candidates must provide proof of a valid driver's license and current copy of their driving record.

Additional Requirements

Incumbents selected after January 1, 1994 must acquire certification from the International Code Council or International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials as a Certified Commercial Building, Commercial Electrical, Commercial Plumbing or Commercial Mechanical Inspector during the first two years of employment and maintain the required certificate for the entire term of employment in this job classification.

How To Apply

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION. PLEASE VISIT TO APPLY. For information on how to complete an on-line application, please view "Instruction Guide" on the City's website, Personnel Services Career Opportunities page, or call (559) 621-6950 for assistance. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding this recruitment and exam process will be sent via e-mail. All applicants will acknowledge such understanding when they complete their on-line application. Verify we have your correct e-mail address before you submit your application. It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email frequently to ensure they receive all pertinent communication from the Personnel Services Department on a timely basis. Applicants will receive an automatically generated confirmation e-mail upon a successful application submittal. The e-mail is the only proof of submittal.

It is an applicants responsibility to check their email account and to ensure it is set up to accept emails from the City of Fresno. Dependent upon your settings, notices from the City of Fresno may be directed to the junk mail or spam folders. It is the applicants responsibility to check these folders.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on the filing deadline or they will not be accepted for any reason. FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PERMANENT FRESNO CITY EMPLOYEES APPLY THROUGH PEOPLESOFT SELF SERVICE.

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of the following:

Application review - Qualifying Only: Applications which meet the minimum qualifications will be reviewed and a limited number of the most qualified candidates will be invited to the Oral Examination. Selection of the most qualified candidates will be based upon those applications demonstrating the greatest breadth and depth of applicable education, experience, skills and training. Therefore, applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for evaluation.

Oral Exam - 100%: A panel of subject matter experts will conduct a job-related oral examination to evaluate a candidate's knowledge of: General electrical and building code knowledge, experience and education, customer service and specific electrical code applications. Specifications, codes, ordinances, regulations, and practices used in the design and installation of electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies and accessory structures, interpreting construction plans and specifications, conducting inspections and detecting substandard work and materials, issuing notices and enforcing regulations, interpersonal and customer relations, computer software and reporting skills.

Candidates must achieve a passing score to qualify for the eligible list.

The oral examination has been tentatively scheduled for the week of July 18, 2022.

Veteran Preference Regulations

Candidates applying for veteran's preference are required to submit a copy of their DD214 with their application during the specified filing period. Evidence must be presented to indicate that the candidate was discharged honorably from the military service. Veterans, including City employees, must resubmit proof of honorable service for every examination for which veteran's preference credit is requested. Qualified veterans who pass the examination will have five (5) points added to their final score.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Personnel Service Department at (559) 621-6950 in advance of the examination.

Closing Date/Time: 11/14/2022

Job Address

2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California 93721 United States View Map