Construction Inspector Job at Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California

Construction Inspector

City of Watsonville , California

Job Information 


Public Works and Utilities

Mid Level


$30.01 - $40.22 Hourly

Application Deadline 


11/12/2020 05:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



To perform a variety of construction inspection work on City public works and private improvement projects and to perform technical engineering office and field work to insure compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, standards, plans, and specifications.

This job class functions at a journey level and is distinguished from the Senior Construction Inspector class by the size and complexity of projects assigned.  Positions in this class perform the entire range of field inspection work requiring a complete knowledge of construction inspection principles and practices.

Receives general supervision from the Senior Construction Inspector and/or Construction Engineer.

Examples of Duties

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

  • Inspects public works projects, subdivisions, shopping centers, and other projects for compliance with applicable standards for general grading, sewer main installation, curbs, gutters, storm drains, sidewalks, street paving, and other improvements.
  • Inspects contract and encroachment permit work for compliance with stipulated provisions of the permit
  • Maintains accurate records on work progress, work quality, and change orders; prepares financial reports and progress payment documents for City projects
  • Reviews engineering plans and specifications for City administrated public works projects for compliance; comments on acceptability
  • Attends and participates in conferences and meetings with contractors, utility managers, various engineers, and others to explain City's codes, standards and safety procedures; coordinates and monitors project work joint efforts           
  • Recommends and oversees field change orders; makes necessary modifications to plans on site; establishes work procedure; prepares contract progress payments and recommends project acceptance
  • Reviews applications for encroachment and public improvement permits and approves issue of permits
  • Provides general information on Public Works Department policies and operations; investigates citizen complaints and recommends appropriate course of action
  • Assist in the preparation of various traffic engineering studies or reports
  • Tests a variety of soil conditions and construction materials
  • Prepares as-built drawings and performs technical drafting work
  • Performs duties in support of the pavement maintenance management program
  • Performs special assignments such as administration of the City's sidewalk repair program and pavement maintenance management program
  • Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required

Knowledge of:

  • materials and methods used in a wide variety of public works construction
  • principles, practices, materials, equipment and safety hazards of construction and surveying, including methods of civil and structural engineering as applied to public works facilities construction
  • City policies, procedures, and regulations regarding contracts for Public Works construction
  • laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances governing installation of public works facilities and subdivisions basic mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as applied in construction inspection work
  • materials sampling, testing, and estimating procedures

Ability to:

  • detect and locate faulty materials and poor work quality and determine the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied
  • analyze construction plans, specifications, and maps
  • test a variety of soil conditions and construction materials
  • prepare technical engineering reports
  • perform a variety of engineering calculations
  • prepare financial reports and progress payments for individual projects
  • establish and maintain good public relations with contractors, representatives of other agencies, and others concerned with public works construction projects
  • effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms
  • use a telephone
  • communicate via radio and hear raido dispatch or pager signals
  • hear traffic noise and observe oncoming traffic
  • work outdoors six to eight hours per day
  • drive an automobile
  • meet the physical requirements such as bending, sitting, reaching above and below shoulder level and grasping, squatting, stooping, crawling, climbing, walking, and lifting as required to safely and effectively perform inspections and office assignments
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties

Typical Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and the abilities would be:
Three years of increasingly responsible experience in technical engineering office and field work, preferably including one year of experience in construction inspection.


  • a valid and appropriate California Driver's license, including a safe driving record

Supplemental Information
Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains in effect for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment List at any time the needs of the City so require.

Prior to appointment to the position of Construction Inspector, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.
The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.



275 Main Street, Suite 400

Watsonville, CA 95076