|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
SENIOR CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties
performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties
performed within the job.
Under direction of assigned supervisory or management staff, leads, oversees, reviews, and
participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing a
variety of technical field and office engineering work involved in inspecting construction
activities on assigned public works projects; oversees and ensures conformance with
approved plans, specifications, and City standards; maintains records and prepares reports
on projects inspected; provides information and assistance to contractors, developers,
engineers, and the general public in person, by telephone, or in the field; ensures work
quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and performs other related
duties as required.
This is the advanced journey level class in the Construction Inspector series. Positions at
this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of
responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most
difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including
providing lead direction and training to assigned staff. Employees at this level are
required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of
the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from
those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for performing a
variety of technical field and office engineering work involved in inspecting construction
activities on assigned public works projects; participates in performing the most complex
work of the unit.
- Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including construction inspection
methods, procedures, and techniques; identifies training opportunities and needs; makes
recommendations to management staff as necessary.
- Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques,
and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work
practices and procedures.
- Oversees and participates in inspecting the construction, repair, and/or alteration
work on assigned public works projects including streets, parks, gutters, curbs, sidewalks,
parking lots, water and sewer systems, storm drains, underground improvements, street
lighting systems, landscaping, landscaping irrigation systems, facilities, and other City
capital projects; inspects materials, methods, and procedures for conformance with plans
and specifications; enforces and observes testing of materials; reviews test reports;
performs final inspection upon completion of project.
- Oversees and conducts field sampling and testing of construction materials; directs
contract lab testing operations; analyzes and interprets lab test results and writes test
reports; approves materials for use on construction projects; makes field determinations of
scope and method of work to be performed; authorize field changes to plans as
- Meets and confers with representatives of utility companies, contractors, engineers and
other public agencies regarding construction plans and specifications; investigates and
attempts to resolve citizen complaints.
- Answers questions, provides information to, and confers with property owners regarding
project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience; schedules service interruptions with the
least interference and least inconvenience to property owners; coordinates work with other
City departments and utilities to resolve interferences and conflicts.
- Oversees and prepares technical rep[orts, letters, and contract change orders;
maintains written records of work performed; performs construction surveys; checks
contractors progress on jobs; accounts for all contract bid items in preparation of payment
- Oversees and participates in reviewing plans, specifications, contract documents, and
other technical data to ensure conformance with City standard; recommends and/or makes
changes as necessary.
- Enforces and documents adherence to various environmental requirements.
- Attends and participates in seminars, training sessions, and other meetings; maintains
awareness of new trends and developments in construction methods and materials;
incorporates new developments as appropriate.
- Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the
area of assignment including explaining construction inspection procedures; resolves
complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
- Estimates time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions
materials as required.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job
and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the
Operations, services, and activities of a public works construction inspection program.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Advanced methods and techniques used in the inspection of public works construction
Advanced principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design,
construction, and maintenance of public works and building projects.
Advanced principles, methods, materials, equipment, and safety hazards of construction.
Advanced methods and techniques of detecting construction defects and faults.
Advanced methods and techniques of materials testing.
Applicable laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, and policies governing the construction of
public works projects.
Advanced mathematics principles and practices.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting software
applications including word processing, spread sheet and database applications.
Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.
Advanced methods and techniques of engineering principles, construction plans, and
specification review for compliance with established construction standards.
Methods and techniques of public relations.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Proper English, spelling and grammar.
Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence.
Drafting and mapping.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.
Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.
Perform inspections on a variety of public works projects.
Understand and interpret maps, engineering plans and specifications.
Prepare accurate engineering records.
Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers, and property owners.
Detect and locate faulty materials and workmanship and determine the stage of construction
during which defects are most easily found and remedied.
Interpret and apply laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, and policies governing the
construction of public works projects.
Perform various mathematical calculations.
Prepare and maintain records, drawings, and reports related to construction activities.
Safely operate a variety of tools, equipment, and assigned vehicle.
Understand engineering principles and apply to construction projects.
Inspect and analyze construction procedures and interpret code violations.
Implement and maintain daily records.
Respond to issues and concerns from the community.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet,
and database applications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience
that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way
to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in
public works inspection, civil engineering, or a related field.
Four years of increasingly responsible construction inspection experience at a level
comparable to a Construction Inspector II with the City of Brentwood.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein 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 essential job functions.
Environment: Indoor and outdoor environments; travel from site to site; some
exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, and inclement weather conditions;
work around heavy construction equipment; work or inspect in confined spaces; work and/or
walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain;
regular interaction with City staff, general public and other organizations; occasionally
deal with dissatisfied individuals.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work
in an office and field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time;
to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make
repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on
ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate
assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.