Public Works Inspector

  • City of Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Public Works
  • Salary: $96,468.00 - $123,420.00 Annually

Job Description


Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume" or "see personnel file" in the employment history section of the application. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a1) City Employment Application,2) Resume, and 3) Supplemental Questionnaire,no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Public Works Department
The current opening is within the Field Services Division of the Public Works Department. The position will have responsibility for construction inspection and coordination of issues related to City capital projects and developer-constructed City infrastructure improvements. The specific projects will be as assigned. The types of capital projects include streets, sidewalks, curbs, storm drain, sanitary sewer, bicycle facilities, traffic signals & pedestrian beacon systems, pump stations, parks, and renovation & repair of City-owned buildings.

The level of development activity is currently very high in Santa Clara with many projects in the planning and construction phases. The largest project is the Related Santa Clara Project which has recently started the early construction phase and will ultimately construct over 9 million square feet of office, hotel, residential, entertainment and retail space on a 240-acre site north of Levi's Stadium. The project will be multi-phase and constructed over many years.

The Public Works Inspector is a technical class in the classified service. An incumbent in this classification performs inspection of work quality and materials used in public works construction projects to ensure compliance with City standards. The incumbent is responsible for contracts administration, maintenance of records, and preparation of reports pertaining to projects inspected.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination
process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of
qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test.

Typical Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Under general direction:
•Inspects work quality and materials used in a variety of public works construction projects to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications, codes and ordinances
•Administers and inspects the work of private entities within City right-of-way under encroachment permits
•Maintains daily records of work performed
•Prepares cost estimates and approves progress payments to contractors for work completed
•Monitors project safety of construction projects
•Communicates with the general public including adjacent property owners to understand and resolve project impacts
•Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public
•Researches information pertaining to construction projects and prepares reports and correspondence to communicate findings and recommendations to management
•Reviews payroll and labor reports for accuracy and compliance with State and Federal regulations
•Performs field contract administration activities for projects including monitoring, coordinating, evaluating and reporting of contractor activities
•Assists in analyses of contractor claims
•Reviews contract documents for constructability
•Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
•Graduation from high school or possession of a GED
•Two (2) years of experience in construction and inspection activities

Possible Substitution:
•Sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units of academic level course work at an accredited college or university in construction techniques and methodologies, building inspection, engineering, architecture or related field may be substituted for up to one year of the experience; or
•A California General Engineering Contractor License (A) may be substituted for one year of the experience.

Desirable Qualifications:
A Special Inspection Certification obtained through the International Code Council (ICC), American Welding Society (AWS), American Concrete Institute (ACI) or other recognized certification organization.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at the time of application and for the duration of employment.

  • Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment background check, which may include employment verification, a DMV record check, a criminal history check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting. Any information obtained will be used to determine eligibility for employment in accordance with the law. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction when required will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.
  • A medical examination will be required prior to appointment
  • The incumbent may be required to work odd and unusual hours on occasion.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager Directive 100.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of :
•Methods, materials and equipment used in public works construction
•CAL OSHA Construction Safety Orders and traffic safety procedures in construction areas
•Common materials testing techniques
•Mathematics as applied to engineering construction
•Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards
•Contract administration practices, such as construction scheduling, processing of contract change orders, and progress payments
•Engineering testing practices

Ability to :
•Use computer and business software including Microsoft Office Suite
•Learn applicable laws, regulations, codes, and departmental policies governing the construction work
•Work effectively with contractors in enforcing contract provisions
•Analyze and interpret complex construction plans, specifications, and blueprints
•Make non-professional engineering inspections including appropriate materials tests
•Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work, including the general public
•Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
•Work in a team based environment and achieve common goals
•Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
•Walk or stand for extended periods of time
•Bend, stoop, reach, carry, climb, and lift up to 25 pounds as necessary to perform assigned duties