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Construction Management Inspector

Job Title:         Construction Management Inspector

Department:  Construction Management

Reports To:     Construction Project Manager


Inspects work quality and materials used in a variety  of complex public works, capital improvement, engineering and developer-built projects within the public right-of-way including the construction, repair, maintenance or alterations of streets, curbs, sidewalks, drainage facilities, underground utilities and related structures, for conformance with local agency, Federal, state and industry plans, specifications, codes and contract provisions; ensures that required modifications are accomplished. Maintains records and prepares reports on projects inspected.

This is an experienced level class, fully capable of independently performing a variety of technical construction inspections on local agency public works, capital improvement, engineering, and developer-built contract projects. Responsibilities include applying construction inspection techniques to ensure conformance with codes, regulations and contract provisions for major public works, parks and recreation, and local agency projects.

Depending on experience, qualifications and certifications, a candidate could fit in a range of a Junior Construction Management Inspector to a Senior Construction Management Inspector.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Performs on-site inspections in a variety of capital improvement projects during various stages of construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Inspects work quality and materials used in a variety of public works projects of facilities such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways, catch basins, storm and sanitary sewers, underground wet and dry utilities, street lights, traffic signals and controls, irrigation systems, rough and fine grading and related public works, structural concrete, roadway base, flexible and rigid pavement
  • Reviews plans, maps, specifications, soils reports, materials testing laboratory reports, contracts and other documents to ensure conformance with federal, state, local and industry codes and regulations; notes changes required and follows up as necessary
  • Interprets, explains and enforces regulations, ordinances and policies to developers, contractors, representatives of other agencies and the public
  • Confers with local agency staff regarding possible changes to plans and problem resolution
  • Inspects safety aspects, including barricades, of jobs in progress; encourages contractors to observe applicable safety rules and regulations
  • Checks plans, pay requests and construction documents for mathematical accuracy
  • Maintains logs of inspection performed, prepares detailed data of construction progress and inspection; prepares various reports on daily operations and activities
  • Maintains accurate measurements of bid items and other support documentation to aid estimates of progress payments due on contracts for public works projects; assists in contract close-out negotiations
  • Performs a variety of record keeping, filing, indexing and other general clerical work
  • Performs records research and field investigations as necessary
  • Retains plans and specifications until project completion; checks “as-built” plans for completeness and accuracy
  • Uses a variety of engineering and survey tools and equipment; operates a vehicle to travel to and from job sites
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team
  • May serve as inspector-in-charge of a construction project; including reviewing the work of consulting inspectors. May perform routine field testing of construction materials

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Construction methods, materials, practices, specifications and equipment
  • Field engineering and inspection practices and basic design criteria for construction projects
  • Applicable county and state laws, ordinances, regulations and codes and industry standards
  • Defects and faults in construction
  • Safe work practices and regulations pertaining to the work
  • Techniques for dealing with the public, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
  • Mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry as applied to construction inspection work
  • Basic surveying principles and practices; basic materials and soils testing techniques and terminology

Skilled in:

  • Performing skilled inspections of varied public works and related projects
  • Reading and interpreting drawings, plans, specifications and contracts
  • Interpreting, explaining and enforcing a variety of codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Maintaining clear, accurate and concise records and field sketches
  • Exercising sound independent judgment within procedural guidelines
  • Organizing, prioritizing and coordinating work activities and meeting critical deadlines
  • Writing clear, accurate and concise logs, reports and correspondence
  • Making accurate mathematical calculations
  • Dealing successfully with the public, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities
  • Receives supervision from higher level supervisory or management staff

Education and Experience Requirements

Completion of two (2) years of college level course work in pre-engineering, construction technology, or a related field AND two (2) years of full-time construction inspection experience, preferably inspecting public works projects. Experience in a field related to the work may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment. Preferably possession of a valid ICC or other nationally recognized inspection certification such as ATSSA, ACI, IMSA.

Working Conditions

Work is performed outdoors up to 90% of the time with exposure to all types of weather conditions.

Work with exposure to potentially hazardous materials and in hazardous conditions, such as traffic or in construction zones, uneven terrain, and exposure to moving objects, vehicles, sharp objects, pinch points, dust, noise, vibration, extreme heat or cold, slippery surfaces, toxic or caustic chemicals. May have to work in cramped quarters in trenches, etc. 

Physical Demands

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, crouch, bend, stoop, stretch, and lift.  Employee must have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, full color vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer and business equipment.  Work may require moderate physical exertion with long periods of sitting or standing. Ability to operate a motor vehicle in order to travel to and from the work site; strength and stamina to inspect various public work projects; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

*Please note this job description is designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  This job description is not intended to create or imply an employment contract; the employee/employer relationship remains at-will.

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