Construction Inspector

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $52,291.20 - $72,092.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. As such, candidates should ensure that the entered "Work Experience" and "Certifications" sections match the submitted resume.

This recruitment is to fill TWO vacancies within the department.

This Construction Inspector position focuses on the inspection of civil engineering infrastructure such as roads, bridges, storm drainage and sewer. The ideal candidate will have previous inspection experience and the ability to communicate with contractors and developers regarding necessary improvement standards.

Job Description

Under general supervision, to perform numerous types of field survey work; to inspect various portions of public works construction projects; to perform a variety of paraprofessional drafting, office and field engineering work as assigned; train others in construction inspection techniques; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties:
  • Conduct preliminary surveys in the field for a wide range of public works projects;*
  • Perform stakeouts of construction reference lines and control points for construction projects;*
  • Inspect workmanship and materials used in the construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street subgrades, asphalt paving, storm and sanitary sewer construction, and public utility installations;*
  • Perform routine field test on materials;
  • Inspect general subdivision construction for compliance with plans, codes and regulations;*
  • Obtain general field information relating to projects, as directed;
  • Assist in laying out and calculating quantities and cost estimates for public works construction projects;*
  • Prepare charts, graphs, maps, plans and other drawings of existing rights-of-way, utilities, easements, property lines and improvements using field and office notes;*
  • Check and update as-built drawings, train other employees in construction inspection techniques;*
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.
*Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:
Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software; pipe locator, pressure gauges, testing equipment, engineering calculator, motor vehicle, phone, mobile or portable radio, and density gauge.

Physical Demands:
Work is performed mostly in field settings. Considerable outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate testing instruments, computers and various pieces of office and field equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of : Engineering mathematics, including basic trigonometry and geometry; principles and practices of engineering surveying; construction methods and materials; local, State and Federal construction codes and regulations.

Ability to : Use field surveying instruments and other engineering equipment relative to construction; read and interpret plans and specifications; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with various construction personnel, as well as persons of diverse backgrounds; understand and carry out technical instructions as they relate to field survey work and construction inspection; maintain logs and reports as required; learn to perform complex engineering drafting work to reduce, interpret and apply field notes in performance of drafting duties; train other employees.


Minimum Qualifications:
Experience : Four years of responsible experience in public works inspection and surveying.

Education : High school graduation or equivalent supplemented by relevant course work in civil engineering, architecture or other related fields.

Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid California Driver License.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience : Experience in engineering drafting highly desirable.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

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