Capital Projects Inspector


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Insp Sr G
City Hall
109 3rd Ave S
United States of America



I.  Purpose of Job  

Working closely with a Staff Engineer (Project Manager), a Capital Projects Inspector will be assigned to one or more construction projects to perform construction inspection, materials inspection, and/or inspection-related tasks for a variety of municipal infrastructure projects.

II. Essential Job Duties 

  1. Construction Inspection
  • Observe, inspect and ensures compliance with specifications and contract documents for a variety of municipal infrastructure projects. Typical duties include oversight of daily construction work including earthwork, concrete inspection, drainage inspection, erosion control, utility installations, asphalt pavement, material and equipment installations, traffic control, etc.
  • Observe, measure and documents all construction quantities for contractor payment. 
  • Experience in implementing Requests for Information (RFI) submittals and shop drawings into real-world construction projects.
  • Knowledge of construction techniques, design, utility specifications, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Specifications and documents. Ability to learn on the job through observation of others and the various City Departments.

B.  Project Management and Communications

  • Assist in the review of construction plans for sites, subdivision and various city infrastructure projects for constructability and compliance with applicable regulations and standards.
  • Assist in the management of contracts to ensure adherence to scope, resolution of design conflicts, and adherence to budget constraints; accepts or rejects work performed under contract and negotiates changes as required.
  • Demonstrate strong project organization skills and ability to communicate with the project team (Contractors, City Staff, Design Professionals, Etc.)
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented, as well as communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

III. Primary Job Challenges

Primary challenges of this position include prioritizing work in a complex project driven environment.

IV.  Equipment Operated

General office equipment

Computer literacy – Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)

V. Key Competencies Required

  • Job Content Knowledge:

Has thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the City, construction, negotiating and engineering practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position. Capable of using various computer mapping and database applications related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). City, State and Federal standards specifications affecting the implementation of the City's overall programs. Must be capable of reading and interpreting various types of maps and plans such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps and United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps. Must have a TN license to operate a motor vehicle. Is well versed in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and State regulations. Ability to interpret manufacturers' specifications. Ability to develop operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the department. Ability to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs and policies, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department.

  • Language Skills:

            Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to    respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make      effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

  • Mathematical Skills: 

Must have a good understanding of mathematical calculations associated with project quantity measurement and payments.

  • Reasoning Ability: 

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) at the highest level. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

  • Teamwork: 

Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions.  Provides input into identifying and solving problems. Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner. Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate. 


VI. Physical Demands and Work Environment

The following environmental conditions are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job.The majority of time is spent outside under varying conditions, including time spent at construction sites performing inspections.The remainder is performed inside under normal office conditions.Talking and hearing are necessary in communicating with others.Effective vision (near and far) is required.The noise level is normal for an office work environment and varies when working outside.Physical activities include: walking on varying terrains, bending, crouching, kneeling, reaching, standing, pushing, pulling, stooping and lifting (up to 50 pounds), climbing ladders and crawling in tight spaces (e.g. manholes and vaults).

Minimum Requirements


VII. Qualifications

Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of a high-school diploma or GED equivalent with a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of experience with infrastructure (i.e. roads, sidewalks, water/sewer lines, etc.) construction.  An associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or completion of a technical trade school in drafting, construction lab, engineering technology, surveying is preferred. 

Required Certifications/Licenses: 

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification (Required within 12 months)
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Level 1 Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Training for Construction Sites (TN EPSC Level 1) (Required within 12 months)
  • TDOT Local Programs 2-Day Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) Training for CEI Professionals (Required within 12 months)
  • TDOT Technician Certification Program Courses (Required within 24 months):
  • Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Roadway Certification
  • Concrete Field Testing Technician Certification
  • Aggregate Technician Certification
  • Valid TN Class “D” Driver License