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2465 - Public Works Construction Inspector

at Pima County

Posted: 9/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2441830
Categories: Government
Keywords: inspector, county

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

This position is in the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Salary Grade: 41

Reviews approved technical public works construction plans and conducts on-site observations of construction projects and related components of other general construction projects to ensure that work is done in compliance with specifications. This is distinguished from the Public Works Construction Inspector-Senior, which has lead responsibilities and inspects major complex construction activity. 

An assessment may be administered


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Reviews approved construction plans, specifications and special provisions as a basis for conducting all construction inspection activity;
Inspects earthwork operations including clearing of construction site, roadway, drainage and structural excavations, backfill operations and embankment fills or trenches, bedding, shading, backfill and other elements of construction for compliance with county specifications and standards;
Inspects construction of concrete structures such as bridges, overpasses and box culverts for placement of concrete, rebar and caissons and for general compliance with county specifications;
Performs sub-grade and aggregate base course inspection for materials stability, width of roadway and gradation;
Inspects asphaltic concrete paving and chip seal operations or piping, aggregate base course, concrete, paving and other construction materials for compliance with county specifications and approved plans;
Coordinates with contractors, architects, engineers and utilities and various departmental sections in order to meet requirements and provisions set forth in the construction plans;
Ensures traffic control and work-site safety measures are taken;
Schedules daily site checks to review and monitor construction progress;
Conducts informal pre-construction meeting with site foreman to review requirements and provisions set forth in the construction plans;
Resolves issues with site foreman over identified noncompliance;
Maintains daily records, written reports and pictorial documentation of contractor's work performed.
In a Wastewater Setting:
Inspects sewer construction for general compliance with county specifications;
Monitors sample collection of construction material and compiles test results and certifications;
Works with utility companies to establish desirable locations for utilities given construction constraints and inspects installation of utility and drainage pipes;
Ensures flow management systems are set up in accordance with approved flow management plan for the specific project;
Coordinates, monitors and documents details of all testing and start-up procedures, compiles results and certifications;
Coordinates and participates in vacuum, pressure, mandrel and mirror testing for wastewater final inspection;
Executes confined-space/hot entry procedures and uses safety equipment;
Documents all actions and activities for sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) events.
Knowledge of:

  • departmental, local and state construction specifications, standards, codes and industry standards, procedures, methods, materials and techniques;
  • techniques for reviewing engineering plans;
  • properties and uses of materials used in general, highway, and sewer construction;
  • county permitting and development processes;
  • use and application of computer-based resources;
  • procedures and techniques involved in construction materials testing, and acceptance;
  • application of appropriate levels of mathematics;
  • inspection procedures for all aspects of the construction process;
  • techniques for documenting accurate and effective communication.
Skill in:
  • reading and interpreting construction specifications, blueprints, plans and applying County standards and special provisions;
  • detecting work or construction in noncompliance with construction specifications;
  • resolving issues on non-compliant work with contractors and other agencies;
  • communicating effectively and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
  • performing mathematical computations;
  • monitoring and ensuring all construction is done in compliance with codes, specifications and special provisions;
  • coordinating activity with all divisions, departments and outside agencies involved in the construction process;
  • implementing traffic control and other safety procedures at work-sites to assure safety of employees, contractors and the public;
  • County contracting rules, policies and procedures;
  • taking accurate field engineering notes for comprehensive documentation.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) Two years of experience inspecting construction projects such as sewers, water lines, roadways, bridges, flood control channels.
(Additional relevant experience and/or education from an accredited college or technical school may be substituted.)
(2) Two years of experience with Pima County as a Public Works Engineering Technician, Sewer Line Construction Inspector or Sewer Systems Project Inspector.
(3) Three years of experience with Pima County as a Utility Locator.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications:

(Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Two (2) years in underground utility coordination.
  2. One (1) year as an inspector for a wastewater sewer system, water distribution system, storm drain system or dry utility system.
  3. Knowledge/experience in standard construction procedures and techniques.
  4. Basic computer skills.  
Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: All Wastewater positions require a valid Grade I Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Wastewater Collection certification upon completion of initial or promotion probation. Valid driver license is required at time of application.  Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Service's review and approval of the candidate's driving record.

Special Notice Items: All positions may carry the risk of exposure to infectious diseases and asbestos found in construction, wastewater and sewage products, therefore special medical screening prior to and during employment may be necessary to assure employee health and safety. Some positions require working at, near or in busy automotive and construction equipment traffic patterns. Any required safety training and equipment will be provided. Employees in this classification may encounter potentially harmful wildlife (reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, etc.), insects and plants. The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history.  A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.
Physical/Sensory Requirements: Some employees within this classification may be required to routinely lift equipment or other items (such as utility access covers) weighing up to 100 pounds. Employees must be able to: operate assigned vehicles in all weather conditions and on differing road surfaces, work in and traverse rough terrain on foot, recognize industry-standard colors used for marking underground utility services/electrical wiring/equipment and properly maintain and wear required protective clothing and equipment. Any additional physical and sensory will be determined by position.

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