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Construction Inspector

Job Id: 
Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Public Works Department
$5,406 - $6,847/month
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:      Regular, Full-Time

SALARY RANGE:                $5,406 - $6,847/month

OPENS:                 January 2, 2018

CLOSES:                 When Filled



Under the direction of an engineering supervisor, inspect all phases of public and private construction and improvement projects to assure compliance with plans and specifications, applicable codes, standards, ordinances and regulations; investigate complaints or concerns and follow through with an appropriate course of action.



  • Inspect all phases of public and private construction and improvement work to assure quality control and compliance with plans, specifications, permits, codes, standards, ordinances and regulations.
  • Inspect construction of sewers, streets, street lighting signal systems, utilities, bridges, retaining walls, commercial and residential projects.
  • Inspect grades and coordinate the testing of construction materials such as sand, gravel, concrete, aggregates, etc.
  • Inspect trenching, planning and backfilling for utility work performed in the right-of-way.
  • Review traffic control and project plans and specifications for completeness and accuracy.
  • Coordinate and conduct pre-construction meetings.
  • Prepare pay estimates and maintain records for work performed by the contractor for public projects.
  • Advise and communicate with the public as necessary to investigate complaints or concerns, determine and follow through with appropriate course of action.
  • Operate a variety of equipment such as land survey equipment, mechanical testing equipment, metal detectors, pressure gauges and two-way radios; operate vehicles such as automobiles and puck-up trucks.
  • Update and maintain inspections in the City’s computer permit tracking program.
  • Coordinate with others to facilitate construction and installation projects and to adjust project plans as necessary.
  • Prepare and maintain various records
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • City codes, Public Works Development Standards and other applicable regulations related to construction inspection.
  • Construction specifications and plans including WSDOT standard specifications and King County Surface Water Design manual.
  • Basic principles and practices of engineering.
  • General site/civil construction methods and practices.
  • Construction site safety precautions used in construction.
  • Methods, procedures and materials used in construction.
  • Proper public works inspection methods.
  • Basic math as applied to construction inspection.
  • Technical aspects as applied to field of specialty.
  • Record keeping techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.



  • Perform construction inspections and tests.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Read and interpret construction drawings, plans and specifications.
  • Perform required reengineering computations.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Maintain and update permit tracking computer program.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperateive and effective working relationships with others.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal.



An equivalent combination to: graduation from high school supplemented by college-level courses related to inspection work and 5 years (preferably 7 years) of increasingly responsible civil engineering inspection experience.



Valid Washington driver’s license.


TO APPLY:  Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, online at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530.


The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.