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Construction Inspector

Effective: 07/01/08
Range G-69 
Respirator Class: 3


Perform inspections and enforce District regulations relating to construction of public and private sewers; inspect construction work performed on District structures and appurtenances as assigned.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • General supervision is provided by higher-level professional or supervisory personnel.
  • May exercise technical or functional supervision of less experienced personnel.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Conduct inspections of new public gravity and pressure sewer main and private side sewer and pumping station construction and repairs made by contractors or other agencies; schedule and coordinate assigned inspection work.
  • Check backfill material and materials testing reports to assure proper compaction.
  • Witness and evaluate the results of air tests and TV inspections.
  • Verify the proper cleaning of sewer lines.
  • Assess the safety precautions taken on sewer construction sites and enforce District specifications.
  • Make detailed as-constructed drawings of sewer lines and connections upon construction completion.
  • Answer questions and respond to complaints from public or private agencies concerning sewer problems, location of laterals, and repairs.
  • Verify that proper permits and approved plans have been acquired to perform specified work.
  • Perform civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical inspections on a variety of facilities and construction projects.
  • Coordinate the inspection of sewer work in the public right-of-way with encroachment permitting and public works inspection staff of local jurisdictions.
  • Inspect concrete, structural steel, process piping, shoring, storm drains, and work performed by trades personnel on behalf of the District in the construction, modification, or repair of District facilities.
  • Keep daily records of the progress of construction work and prepare inspection reports.
  • Review materials testing reports.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Codes, regulations, specifications, ordinances, and enforcement policies, procedures, and practices applicable to the area of assignment.
  • Materials, methods, and operations of sewage collection, treatment, and facilities construction.
  • Mathematics as applied to construction work.
  • Construction practices, procedures, methods, materials, tools, equipment, and supplies as applicable to the area of assignment.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • Continuously analyze construction site situations and develop solutions; identify, interpret, explain, and enforce construction violations; review and interpret construction plans; maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • Sit to drive or ride in vehicle for long periods of time on a continuous basis. Continuously walk and stand on a variety of terrain; intermittently climb, bend, twist, squat, crawl, and kneel at construction sites; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; perform simple grasping, pushing and pulling; lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less; and intermittently lift manhole covers weighing 50 to 80 pounds.  May be required to communicate via radio or cellular phone and hear radio dispatch signal.
  • Conduct detailed and accurate inspections of sewer system construction projects.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors and property owners.
  • Make accurate mathematical calculations.
  • Interpret construction drawings and specifications.
  • Prepare detailed drawings of sewer locations and facilities.
  • Keep accurate field observations and records.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in engineering, construction, or sewage facilities operations and/or maintenance work, including two years of experience in inspection of sewage collection and/or treatment, industrial, or public works facilities.


  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by courses in mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, engineering, surveying, or drafting applicable to the assigned position.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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