Senior Construction Inspector

City of Huntington Beach

Huntingon Beach, CA
  • Full-Time
  • City of Huntington Beach

  • Under general supervision, conducts inspections of public works construction projects in the public right-of-way for capital improvements including subdivisions.


    The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess an Associate’s degree in Engineering (or related field), a minimum of five years’ experience in a Senior/Level III Inspector position working on public works infrastructure projects, and a strong understanding of the major categories in the Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (SSPWC) – Greenbook, Construction Specification Institute (CSI) codes, CALTRANS standard plans and specifications, and Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH) manual.  Skill in the interpretation and correlation of project schedule activities, project management skills, and knowledge and experience with related construction materials and equipment used for shoring and dewatering infrastructure projects including CAL/OSHA training in excavations, are preferred.

    The incumbent will actively participate with inspectors by mentoring and becoming a resource to them and assist supervisors with identifying goals, development plans, and staff assignments.  Required communication skills include ability and desire to work with the public, provide excellent customer service, communicate effectively with contractors, and work under pressure during emergencies.

    Certifications in the following areas are highly desirable:  American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII), National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) in pipeline and manhole assessments, American Concrete Institute (ACI) as a concrete technician, and International Code Council (ICC) certification in reinforced concrete, structural masonry, bolting, welding and grading.


    Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:

    Knowledge of:
    – Advanced principles and practices of public works construction inspection
    – Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations, and departmental policies governing public works construction and private development projects including but not limited to the Uniform Building Code, Caltrans Local Programs Manual, NPDES regulations
    – Principles and practices of engineering design, specifications, and cost estimate preparation
    – Standard specifications for public works construction
    – Advanced Inspection practices to examine construction workmanship and materials for defects and faults
    – Water related inspection and testing as determined by regulatory agencies
    – Soil mechanics
    – Construction and related materials, tools and equipment
    – Practices of construction contract administration in a public agency setting
    – Mathematics applicable to complex construction inspection
    – Construction safety and occupational hazards related to construction work
    – Safe driving rules
    – Related computer software applications, including MS Office Suite

    Ability to:
    – Read, interpret and analyze construction plans, specifications, maps, and legal descriptions for conformance with City standards and policies
    – Apply and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations
    – Prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
    – Safely work in confined spaces both above and below ground to perform inspections
    – Record quantities of materials
    – Prepare progress payments and field memoranda
    – Assist in the preparation of estimates and change orders
    – Prepare status reports and information items regarding construction issues
    – Analyze records for response to claims, review plans, and specifications
    – Make mathematical computations
    – Deliver quality customer service
    – Maintain and follow Department processes and regulations
    – Ensure safety and professional work standards are met
    – Write reports and recommendations
    – Communicate effectively in verbal and written form
    – Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, engineers, City personnel and residents
    – Travel to offsite locations within a reasonable timeframe

    Education:  Associate’s degree from an accredited university or college in civil engineering, drafting, surveying or other related field.

    Experience:  Five (5) years’ experience performing public works construction inspections.

    Licenses/Certifications: A valid California driver license and an acceptable driving record required at time of appointment and throughout employment.

    Must possess three of the following certificates:

    • Public Works Inspector’s Certificate
    • Public Works Certification or equivalent
    • International Code Conference (ICC) certificate or equivalent as a Special Inspector (concrete or structural masonry inspector)
    • Electrical Power Inspector or
    • Grade 3 Water Distribution Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board


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