Inspectional Services Department (ISD)

Statement of Duties:

The Temporary Wire Inspector issues permits to all electrical contractors doing work in the City and inspect all their electrical wiring installed according to the National and Massachusetts electrical codes. Answer calls for electrical fires when requested by Fire Department. Inspect all electrical wiring and installations for compliance with the safety requirements of the Massachusetts Electric Code. Inspect electrical wiring installations for transmission of electric current for heat, light and power in any building in order to ascertain conformance with safety laws and regulations. Answer electrical questions. Review electrical permit applications from electricians and follow-up their work for approval. Notify appropriate gas and electric company for installation of new meters when needed. Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Hold Electrician Class B (Journeymans) License for at least five years. Hold all current required certificates showing knowledge of current codes. 
  • Knowledge of City streets.  Experience in electrical inspections, including solar, preferred.
  • Must possess a current valid Class D Massachusetts driver’s license and have access to a motor vehicle in working condition during all working hours.
  • Must be computer literate, with good communication and writing skills.  Must have computer knowledge of Microsoft Office, and be willing to learn software required for performance of job duties.  Ability to work with the public enforcing and interpreting regulations in a firm, tactful and impartial manner.

Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Position requires standing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities.  The position also requires near and far vision and acute hearing, the ability to stand for long periods of time, navigate rough terrain, and walk up and down stairs. Additionally the position entails working outdoors, in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold and incumbents may be exposed to fumes, dust and air contaminants.  The ability to lift equipment weighing up to 50 pounds is also required.   


Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and     documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information   or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; interact with City staff and other organizations; and occasionally deal with dissatisfied or quarrelsome individuals.

Visual Skills

Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Part Time Temporary Not Benefit Elligible
$40 per hour
Application Start Date: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018