Construction Inspector

County of Orange
Full Time $68,369 - $92,185 Per year CA 601 N Ross St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States



SALARY INFORMATIONThis position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:  Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.00% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


 This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future Construction Inspector vacancies within OC Public Works. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange..

DEADLINE TO APPLYThis recruitment will be open for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 PM (PST) on the day the County’s needs are met. 
OC Public Works provides services on a regional basis to unincorporated areas, cities, and other County agencies and departments. The primary mission of the department is to protect and enrich the community through the sustainable delivery of projects and services. OC Public Works’ guiding principles are safety, integrity, quality, teamwork, and adaptability.
OC Public Works is a unique County department comprised of ten service areas: OC Development Services; OC Fleet Services; Administrative Services; OC Facilities Design & Construction; OC Facilities Maintenance & Central Utilities; OC Environmental Resources; OC Operations & Maintenance; OC Construction; OC Infrastructure Programs; and OC Survey.  

OC Construction is a service area of OC Public Works. OC Construction provides project management and construction management services for road, bridge, bikeway, recreation, and flood control capital and maintenance improvement projects. 

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OC Construction is seeking to fill Construction Inspector vacancies. The Construction Inspector is responsible for inspections of horizontal public works projects, such as roadways, bikeways, bridges, and flood control channels. The Construction Inspector assures that projects are constructed per plans and specifications, comply with regulatory permits, meet standards for stormwater pollution prevention, adequately address public safety and detour requirements, and are completed within the construction contract work duration and price.
 The duties of a Construction Inspector include, but are not limited to:
  • Enforces compliance with the project specifications and construction plans
  • Regular meets with the contractor or their representatives to discuss the progress of construction
  • Inspects the construction activity including earth-moving operations, placement of engineering materials and paving for roadway and storm drain improvements, and major concrete placements
  • Coordinates with OC Surveyor and Materials Laboratory for construction staking and materials testing
  • Inspects temporary structures such as shoring, concrete forms, and falsework
The ideal candidate would possess two (2) or more years of horizontal construction experience (such as general construction field experience, pavement maintenance, materials lab, field surveying, or a combination). Possession of an AA degree or higher in a related field or completion of a certificate in Public Works Construction is highly desirable but not required.

In addition to the above, the successful candidate will possess the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge | Experience  
  • Complex principles, methods, standards, and techniques associated with the technical duties related to the job of a Construction Inspector
  • Performing inspections on different scopes of work and varying types of construction (road/bridge/flood control)
  • Basic principles of land surveying, engineering construction, and design
  • County Standards and Specifications
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and similar software
Communication | Leadership Skills 
  • Interact effectively with contractors, agencies /departments, and other persons with tact and good judgment
  • Effective verbal and written skills
  • Foster and maintain positive working relationships
  • Demonstrate decisiveness and soundness in judgment
  • Work collaboratively in groups and demonstrate leadership skills
Organizational | Analytical Skills
  • Read and interpret related equipment policies & procedures and apply regulations
  • Research, collect, analyze cost & other data, and prepare recommendations of findings
  • Recognize and prioritize workload
  • Identify problems, gather relevant information, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Maintain moderately complex records requiring independent judgment and accuracy
Click for the complete listing of the minimum qualifications for a Construction Inspector, including the physical & mental requirements, and environmental & working conditions.
The position requires a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher.

Human Resource Services screens all application materials for the minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process. 
 Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)

Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of subject matter experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
 Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. 

All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click to review the policy.