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Construction Inspector

Santa Margarita Water District

This is a Contract position in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA posted September 16, 2020.

Job DescriptionJOB SUMMARYUnder general supervision, provides detailed inspections of water systems, sewer systems, and facilities maintenance and upgrade construction projects; locates and marks underground pipes and appurtenances; integrates plans, details and specifications to ensure construction and contract compliance; prepares project inspection reports; assists in the change order, progress payment, and dispute resolution process.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSA Construction Inspector performs journey-level construction inspection duties. Incumbents ensure projects are built as specified and perform inspections in a variety of capital improvement projects. Incumbents ensure construction compliance with engineering plans, contract specifications and statutory standards. The work involves significant accountability and independent decision-making responsibilities. Assigned work requires general knowledge of the functions applicable to an area of assignment and the ability to solve routine to moderately difficult problems.This position reports directly to the Construction Engineering Manager. Construction Inspector is distinguished from Senior Construction Inspector in that an incumbent in the latter class works on more complex construction projects requiring a higher level of knowledge and experience.Essential FunctionsThe duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 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 this class.* Requests line locations and/or locates mains, service line laterals, valves and appurtenances; locates and verifies all intersecting utilities by potholing; determines site is ready to work, based on required permits and safe-dig procedures; ensures a USA underground service alert order has been processed if required; responds to DigAlerts; uses pipe locator and marks location of pipeline for field construction, street improvements and all construction being performed near pipeline and/or facilities. Provides documentation for completed USA orders in the District’s computer system.* Monitors and inspects a variety of routine water and sewer system and facility maintenance and construction projects to ensure compliance with project documents; interprets construction plans, documents and specifications; maintains and enforces schedules on District projects; confers with supervisors, contractors, other agencies, and various District staff on field design problems, construction requirements and contract documents; reviews and makes recommendations to management for the solution of special construction problems and conditions.* Coordinates construction and inspection services in cooperation with contractors, other agencies and concerned parties; reviews plans and inspects work done through encroachment permits; meets and confers with representatives of utility companies, contractors, public agencies and the public; answers citizen complaints and requests for information.* Tracks progress of construction projects; calculates and records quantities of materials used; drafts and maintains files of daily inspection reports and project activities; reviews and recommends for approval change orders, progress and monthly pay estimates; conducts and prepares final inspection report for project completion.* Reads, reviews, analyzes, evaluates and comments on construction documents prior to the start of construction to identify potential problems; attends pre-construction, weekly progress meetings and future construction planning meetings; maintains accurate, up-to-date record drawings to depict current status of projects; prepares and/or reviews as-built plans for completeness and accuracy; prepares various test data sheets and miscellaneous reports as needed.* Inspects roadway and re-surfacing projects to assure that SMWD structures are protected and properly adjusted to final grade.* Monitors, records periodic data, and reporting for District-wide cathodic protection systems.* Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.Requisite AbilitiesKnowledge of:1.Principles, practices, methods and techniques of public works construction and inspection.2.Practices and procedures of engineering and mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry, as they apply to assigned responsibilities.3.Trends, approaches and problem-solving techniques used in construction, inspection and compliance processes.4.Common construction engineering methods.5.Proper use of construction materials and equipment.6.Earthwork, asphalt, paving and concrete construction principles, methods and techniques.7. Pipeline construction and testing techniques.8. Information technology and computer capabilities applicable to the work.9. Laws, statutes, codes and ordinances governing public works projects involving water facility construction, including American Concrete Institute (ACI), National Electric Code (NEC), American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Society for Testing and Material Standards (ASTM), and federal, state, county and city regulations.10. Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.11. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.12. Records management, recordkeeping, filing and basic purchasing practices and procedures.13. Uses and operations of computers, standard business software and specialized database and spreadsheet applications.Ability to:* Inspect assigned projects for a wide variety of public works infrastructure maintenance, repair and construction.* Understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, regulations, codes and department policies governing the construction and maintenance of public works infrastructure.* Read and interpret reports, surveys, specifications, blueprints and plans including civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing calculations.* Accurately interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.* Communicate information accurately and effectively; comprehend requests for information or assistance.* Detect and locate faulty materials and poor work quality.* Review, analyze and interpret construction plans, specifications and maps for conformance with Agency standards/policies, workmanship and materials requirements as provided in construction contracts.* Operate and use common and specialized electronic, construction, surveying, measuring and drafting tools.* Operate a computer, standard business software and a variety of computer software programs and databases related to area of assignment.* Reach sound decisions in accordance with District policies and procedures.* Prepare clear and accurate reports, documents, data entries and files.* Represent the District effectively in dealings with developers, the community and other agencies.* Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.* Understand and follow written and oral instructions.* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.Qualifications GuidelinesEducation and/or ExperienceAny combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance. Example combinations include graduation from high school or equivalent andConstruction Inspector: three years experience in water and wastewater systems work related to construction or maintenance.Senior Construction Inspector: three years of experience in field engineering, construction or technical engineering support, which included experience in construction inspection, surveying and/or contract, plan and specification interpretation or at a level equivalent to a Construction Inspector with the District. College level coursework in engineering or a closely related subject is desirable.Knowledge and Skill LevelsConstruction Inspector: Working knowledge of construction methods, materials, practices, specifications and equipment; relevant state and local laws, ordinances, codes and standards; operation of a pipe locator and a wide variety of tools and equipment used in the work; safe work practices and regulations pertaining to the work. Basic knowledge of survey principles and practices.Senior Construction Inspector: Considerable knowledge of construction methods, materials, practices, specifications and equipment; basic surveying principles and practices; field engineering practices and basic design criteria for construction projects; relevant state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, codes and standards; safe work practices and regulations pertaining to the work; mathematics, including trigonometry and algebra; methods and techniques of materials testing. Working knowledge of survey principles and practices.Physical RequirementsEmployees must meet the following requirements which are necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of this class: communicate in person, in writing, and/or by telephone with management, co-workers, and the public in face-to-face, one-to-one, and group settings; use office equipment such as computer terminals; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; have hearing and vision within normal ranges; carry, push, reach and lift up to 60 pounds; occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch; sufficient manual dexterity to operate equipment; walk on uneven terrain; work in an outdoor environment with possible exposure to harsh weather conditions, heavy equipment, dust, noise, and potentially hazardous substances; work in confined spaces; work in trenches and elevated areas; travel by automobile.Special RequirementsPossession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.Effective January 1, 2007:California Department of Health Services Grade 3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate

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