Building Inspector I (Open Competitive)

  • 350 Main Street, El Segundo, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $6,049.43 - $7,353.12 Monthly USD

Job Description


This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review of applications will be completed on Thursday, O ctober 19, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after October 19, 2023, may not be considered.

A resume must be submitted with your online application to be considered complete. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.

The City of El Segundo, incorporated in 1917, is a unique, quaint city by the sea. Home to approximately 17,000 residents and over 75,000 private sector employees of major aeronautical, sports, media, industrial and multiple Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Chevron and most recently, the Los Angeles Times and Beyond Meat. Further, El Segundo has become the headquarters for major sports franchises, including the LA Lakers and LA Kings. As the economy broadens, El Segundo is becoming home to a variety of high tech and “creative economy” start-up companies. This is reflected in the City motto "Where Big Ideas Take Off!"

Definition: Under limited supervision, inspects designated phases of construction, alteration and repair of buildings and other structures; and enforces compliance with building, plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical codes and laws.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Positions in this classification typically perform a full range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:
  • Performs inspections of designated phases of residential, industrial and/or commercial building construction for compliance to building codes and regulations.
  • Participates and assists in reviewing construction plans and specifications and issuing permits.
  • Field checks electrical, plumbing and/or mechanical plans of residential, industrial and/or commercial buildings for proper installation and use of materials according to applicable codes.
  • Receives complaints regarding substandard structures and ordinance violations; conducts building permit and related preliminary research and establishes complaint file; conducts site visits or confers with City personnel regarding violations; ensures that accurate case files are maintained.
  • Prepares abatement letters; conducts follow-up procedures including preparation of additional correspondence, site visits, communication with complainants, attorneys and property owners involved in code violation cases; gathers evidence, prepares reports of inspections conducted and assists in preparing cases for legal action.
  • Maintains records of inspections; prepares reports; conducts studies and investigations of issues related to building, planning and development.
  • Participates in the processing of permits; prepares records for microfilming, storage and retrieval.
  • Responds to questions and provides information to the public; assists other City staff involved in building related activities.


Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:
To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
  • Building tools and materials, and methods of building construction; and
  • Accepted safety methods.
Skill in:
  • Reading, interpreting and explaining building plans, blueprints, specifications and building codes;
  • Making arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately;
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Meeting the public in situations requiring diplomacy and tact; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, other City employees and the public.
Minimum Qualifications:
A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: O ne (1) year experience in one or more of the general building trades, construction, inspection or a related field.

Education: Completion of a two-year certificate/associates degree in Building Technology and Code Compliance.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: Certification as a Building Inspector by the International Congress of Building Officials, or registration as a Construction Inspector Division II-Buildings issued by the American Construction Inspectors Association. A valid California drivers license.

Working Conditions: Regularly requires climbing ladders and scaffolds, walking on roofs and crawling under houses. Occasional potential exposure to hazardous conditions when inspecting commercial/industrial locations.

Please Note: Candidates deemed most qualified, as reflected in their application materials, will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. The prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the El Segundo Police Department. The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature, date, surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Probationary Period: All employees must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period in order to attain permanent status with the City of El Segundo.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

Benefit Summary - Effective 5/17/2019

PERS Retirement : Tier I-2%@55 . Tier II-2%@60 for individuals employed by the City on or after 12/30/12 who are already PERS members. Tier I and II members single highest year coordinated with Social Security and Medicare. Employee required contribution is 8% of pensionable income. PERS 2%@62 for new employees/members hired on or after 1/1/13 have three year average coordinated with Social Security and Medicare and payment of 50% of normal cost (6.75%).

Social Security: The City matches employee’s Social Security contribution, which is 6.2% of your salary and is made on a pre-tax basis. The 2023Social Security income cap is $160,200.

Retiree Medical: City offers paid retiree medical insurance at same rate as active employees.

Medical Insurance : $1,600 per month for employee and dependents' medical insurance under PERS.

Educational Incentive : Up to $334.21 for B.A. if job doesn't require it. Must be approved by Department Head. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Optical/Dental/Life/AD&D : $135 per month City contribution. Employee & eligible dependents may be covered for optical and dental. $30,000 term life policy provided by City; employee can purchase additional self and dependent coverage at group rates. AD&D insurance policies provided for employees.

Flex Plan : Section 125 Plan, allows for payment of employee-paid insurance, medical treatment, and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

State Disability Insurance : Coverage provided through State Employment Development Department for short-term disability. Costs borne by union employees.

Long-Term Disability: City provides fully-paid LTD insurance. Continuance of 66 2/3% of first $9750 of employee's salary after a 60-day waiting period. Applies to non-job related occurrences.

Work Schedule: 9/80 with alternating Fridays off.

Holidays : 11 fixed paid holidays plus 1 day of personal leave/floating holiday per year.

Vacation Leave : 96 hours (1-5 years); 120 hours (6 - 10 years); 144 hours (11 - 15 years): 176 hours (16+ years). Leave can be used after 6 months of service. Annual cash conversion option.

Sick Leave : 8 hours per month. 100% payment for accrual over 600 hours and percentage of unused leave paid upon retirement or separation.

Bereavement Leave: Three (3) working days [one workweek where travel is 500 miles or more] for qualifying incident.

Tuition Reimbursement : Up to $1,750 per year for tuition and books.

Longevity Pay: Up to $66.84/mo for 5 yrs of service; Up to $133.68 for 10 yrs of service; Up to $200.53/mo for 15 yrs of service. Future employees hired on or after May 10, 2017 not eligible.

Uniform Allowance : Dollar amount varies for specific classes.

Other : Voluntary participation in Credit Union; Long-Term Care (premiums paid by employee); Mission Sqaure 457 Deferred Compensation Program; Payroll Direct Deposit.

Revised: 12/12; 2/13; 1/14; 2/15; 8/16; 5/17;5/19; 8/22

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

350 Main Street, El Segundo, California 90245 United States View Map