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Temporary Construction Inspector

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Public Works Department
$35.00 - $45.00/hour
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary, Full-Time

SALARY RANGE: $35.00 -$45.00/hour

OPENS: October 19, 2021

CLOSES: When Filled; 1st review 11/02


*This is a temporary, full-time position from approximately October - May, with no benefits. 



Under the direction of an engineering supervisor, inspect all phases of private and/or public construction and improvement projects to assure compliance with 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/or private construction and improvement work to assure quality control and compliance with plans, specifications, permits, codes, standards, ordinances and regulations. Inspect sewers, streets, street lighting and traffic signal systems, utility cables, bridges, retaining walls, commercial and residential projects. Check for the proper use and placement of traffic control devices at road construction and work sites. Inspect grades and coordinate the testing of construction materials such as aggregates, asphalt, concrete, etc. Inspect trenching, placing and backfilling for utility work performed in the right-of-way. Review project plans and specification for completeness and accuracy. Coordinate and conduct pre-construction meetings. Prepare pay estimates and maintain records for work performed by the contractor. Advise and confer with the general public concerning project activities as appropriate. 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 pick-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 and reports. 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, King County Road Standards and King County Surface Water design manual. Basic principles and practices of engineering. 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 engineering 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 cooperative working relationships with others. Operate a motor vehicle. Observe legal and effective 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.



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