Construction Inspector, Site and Building Division

City of Tacoma | Tacoma, WA

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Posted Date 2/02/2021

Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career in public service? You may want to consider the Construction Inspector position with the City of Tacoma! The Site and Building Division is seeking a positive, productive individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to fill their vacancy for a Construction Inspector.

Salary: $35.66-$45.50 Hourly

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, Site Inspectors provide inspection services on a variety of privately developed construction projects. Inspectors observe work in progress, including excavation, pipe laying, service connections, backfilling, and compaction; inspects all materials and verifies soil tests; checks line and grade; observes progress in relation to established time limits; oversees and enforces safety standards; and ensures conformance with specifications and standards.The Site Construction Inspector position is a classified, union-represented position responsible for the inspection of a variety of construction projects for conformance with specifications, City ordinances and regulations.

Work involves inspecting utility work, street construction, infrastructure replacement, installation, maintenance, and upgrades for development for both commercial and residential to ensure compliance with City, State, and federal rules, regulations, codes and design standards. Work also involves reviewing and inspecting of traffic control plans and their implementation. Site Inspectors are also responsible for coordination of inspections and enforcement of traffic control and restoration for construction projects in and along roadways and sidewalks.

Our Ideal Candidate is a person who:
Possesses strong organizational skills and self-motivation
Has an excellent work ethic
Has the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with management, staff, the public, contractors, utility companies, and public agencies
Has a strong construction background in civil construction methods with prior experience performing inspection duties on public infrastructure
Understanding of regulatory requirements
Has the ability to work independently and display sound judgment at all times
Has the ability to effectively utilize computer applications and technology related to permitting and inspections
The ideal Construction Inspector candidate will embrace, promote, and be guided by the City's mission, vision and values.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Essential Duties:
Inspect a variety of construction and installation projects including water and electrical systems, streets, concrete structures and large development projects for conformance with specifications, City ordinances and regulations.
Inspect sewers, streets, street lighting and traffic signal systems, telephone cables, bridges, walls and large construction projects such as housing developments and apartment complexes as assigned.
Inspect grades and test construction materials such as sand, gravel, concrete pour and
aggregates; inspect and test water mains and fire hydrants.
Inspect trenching, placing and backfilling for the transformer wells, junction boxes, street light foundations, poles and installation of underground cables.
Coordinate with contractors to facilitate construction and installation projects and to adjust project plans as necessary; account for contract bid items in preparation of payment to contractors.
Review project plans and specifications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with City ordinances and regulations.
Communicate with various City departments and personnel to coordinate and facilitate projects.
Prepare and maintain various records and reports concerning projects, job status and progress.
Coordinate efforts of private and public utility adjustments and installations during course of an assigned project.
Train and provide work direction to others as assigned.
Advise and confer with the general public concerning project activities as appropriate.
Operate a variety of equipment such as personal computers, land survey equipment, mechanical testing equipment, metal detectors, pressure gauges and two-way radios; operate vehicles, such as automobiles, pick-up trucks and boats as necessary to conduct work.
An incumbent paid at non-automatic step 6 will also be responsible for performing complex inspection of construction projects, training, coordinating work and/or providing work direction to other Inspectors.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Position may require lifting of objects weighing up to 50 lbs., pushing and climbing.

Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site and fumes.
Incumbents in this classification may be exposed to hazardous chemicals and traffic hazards.

An equivalent combination to:

Graduation from high school supplemented by college-level courses related to inspection work,


Three years' experience in field or office engineering work involving construction phase reviews.

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills:
Construction specifications and plans.
Regulations related to public works, water systems, underground power and street lighting construction by contract.
Sewer and water system construction.
Underground power and street lighting construction.
Grading operations and the preparation of sub-grades.
Basic principles and practices of engineering.
Inspection techniques related to weights and measuring devices.
Technical aspects of field of specialty.
Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Methods, equipment and materials used in construction inspection.
Record-keeping techniques.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Read and prepare engineering plans and specifications.
Perform construction inspections and tests.
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Learn to interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Work independently with little direction.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Operate a variety of equipment such as testing and survey equipment and measuring devices.
Operate a motor vehicle.
Lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information:

To be considered for this career opportunity:
Please apply online through the City of Tacoma's website. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the Supplemental Questions # 8-25 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. DO NOT respond with see resume in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.
Applicants who pass the test will be placed on an Eligible List for potential interview and hiring consideration.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, and will include a pre-employment medical exam, pre-employment physical ability test, and a drug and alcohol screen.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between The City of Tacoma and the Local 17.

*** SPECIAL NOTE: This is a project position expected to end December 31, 2022 unless extended. ***


The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
Personal time off.
Paid holidays.
A great pension plan.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

The City of Tacoma supports a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
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For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please call Human Resources at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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