Construction Inspector I

County of Sacramento
Full Time 40 per week $59,751 - $84,075 Per year CA Sacramento County Public Works, Fleet Services Division, 4001 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States Apply before 5/25/2024 11:59



The ideal candidate for this position would have prior experience inspecting public infrastructure projects, be familiar with industry standard transportation and underground utility construction practices and materials used. It is highly desirable they be familiar with the requirements of Caltrans Local Assistance as they relate to construction management and administration. The ideal candidate should be solutions-oriented, comfortable working collaboratively in a team environment, and communicate effectively.

To inspect work product and materials used in the construction work of a variety of public and private projects to insure conformance with applicable laws, ordinances, standards, plans, specifications, and departmental regulations.


This is the entry-level class in the construction inspection series. Incumbents of this class perform the more routine inspection work that does not require previous construction inspection experience.


General supervision is provided by a higher-level position. Assignments of the Construction Inspector II/III may require the indirect or direct supervision of lower level Construction Inspector positions.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Inspect materials and construction work product for City capital improvement and private projects to insure compliance with the contract documents. Observe work during progress and upon completion. Inspection shall include checking lines, grade, size and location of facilities for conformance with city standards and egulations.
- Be familiar with City Standard Specifications, project plans and specifications, and Operation and Maintenance requirements to insure project is properly constructed in accordance with all City requirements.
- Prepare documentation and reports in accordance with City standard construction management and inspection procedures.
- Take samples of materials for examination or analysis by laboratories.
- Oversee the performance and be knowledgeable of field tests.
- Inspect adjacent properties for damage from construction activity.
- Confer with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience.
- Coordinate work with other City departments and utilities.
- Prepare necessary correspondence to the contractor regarding contract requirements.
- Prepare as-built plans for completed projects.
- Review and monitor construction schedule to insure construction is progressing in accordance with contract requirements.
- Perform estimates and documentation of work complete for progress payments.
- Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

- Defects and faults in construction.
- Basic mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
- Materials, methods, regulations and requirements relative to the construction and installation of streets, gutters, storm drains, culverts, and other related facilities associated with city projects.
- Tools, surveying instruments, and equipment used in construction of city projects.

Ability to:

- Understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications and to prepare accurate engineering records.
- Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers, and property owners.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- Ability to use computer programs applicable to the work.

Experience and Education

Two years of sub professional engineering experience or journey level public works/utility construction experience including some construction inspection experience.


Probationary Period:

Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.

Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. This requirement may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for individuals with disabilities.

Residency requirement:

Employees in this classification must reside within thirty-five (35) air miles from the freeway interchange at W-X Streets, 29th-30th Streets within one year following appointment.


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox. 
1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline; 

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.  

  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:  

  • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week). 

  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.  

  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.  

  • If you’re requesting Veteran’s credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application or emailed to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran’s credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule   

  • Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply. 

2. Training and Experience Exam: (Weighted 100%) – The questions located at the end of the application are the Training and Experience (T&E) Exam. Responses to the T&E questions will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. The exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the T&E questions, please note: 

  • Responses to the T&E questions must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.  

  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the T&E questions. 

3. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. Candidate’s eligibility expires one year from the date of notification of a passing score for the Construction Inspector I examination.  

4. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– All candidates that pass the examination and are in one of the top three ranks will have their application forwarded to the hiring department for review. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department. 

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass Live Scan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. 

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