Electrical Inspector 4221

City of Los Angeles

An Electrical Inspector inspects new, existing and modified electrical installations to secure conformance to electrical laws, ordinances and safety provisions; inspects electrical work in public buildings to assure conformance to City plans, specifications, and standards; and assists in training other inspectional employees as required.

Salary: $93,897.00 – $104,671.00 Annually


  • Two years of full-time paid experience as an electrical inspector with work in residential, commercial, or industrial electrical installations; or
  • Successful completion of a State of California approved electrical apprenticeship program and two years of full-time paid electrical experience with work in residential, commercial, or industrial electrical installations; or
  • Six years of full-time paid electrical experience with work in residential, commercial, or industrial electrical installations.


  • Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met or the apprenticeship has been completed.
  • Applicants filing under Requirement #2 must submit a certificate from a valid State of California approved electrical apprenticeship program. Applicants must attach a copy of this certificate to the on-line application at the time of filing. The certificate must be attached to the on-line application BEFORE the application is submitted. If the certificate is attached AFTER the on-line application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with having submitted the certificate. Applicants who fail to submit the certificate at the time of filing by attaching it to the on-line application will not be considered further in this examination.
  • A valid California driver’s license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  • Upon appointment, an Electrical Inspector will be required to furnish an automobile, properly insured, for use in City service. Mileage will be paid according to established rates.
  • International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Commercial Electrical Inspector is required within 24 months of hire.
  • In future administrations, it is anticipated the Requirements may change.


Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity for Open Competitive Examinations.


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
All application materials must be completed at the time of filing for you to be considered a candidate in this examination.


Applications must be received by THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the written test in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs in the order that applications were received. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Examination Weight: Multiple Choice Test – 100%

The examination will consist entirely of a multiple-choice test administered and proctored online. In the online multiple-choice test, the following competencies may be evaluated, including knowledge of: basic electrical theory and principles, including electrical symbols; pertinent provisions of the National Electrical Code applicable to electrical work; various types of electrical services and equipment, including uses, functions, construction, and wiring methods sufficient to perform inspections of new, existing, and modified electrical installations; proper use of the English language in written communication; and the ability to: recognize substandard electrical installations and wiring that pose an immediate threat to safety; read, interpret, and apply technical written materials including laws, ordinances, and codes pertaining to the electrical field instructions, plans of electrical installations, floor plans, load schedules and equipment installations; perform basic arithmetic and algebraic calculations; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.

The multiple-choice test will be proctored and administered on-line during a single session. Candidates invited to participate in the online multiple-choice test will be able to take the test from a remote location (i.e., their home) using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the dates and specific steps on how to take the multiple-choice test on-line. It is anticipated that the remote proctored multiple-choice test will be administered between MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 and MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020. Candidates who do not complete and submit the remote proctored multiple-choice test on-line using a computer by the specified date and time will not be considered further in this examination. Additional test dates may be added as needed.

FAQs for on-line testing are available at http://per.lacity.org/index.cfm?content=employmenttestingprocess. Candidates who do not have the required equipment may have the option to take the multiple-choice test onsite at a City facility.


  • This examination is based on a validation study and as provided by the Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
  • As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf (Download PDF reader).
  • Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  • A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  • In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All-City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.