Senior Construction Inspector

May 25, 2023
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Under direction, to perform difficult and complex work in the contract administration and technical inspection of the construction and contracted maintenance work on roads, parks, airports, bridges, major buildings, related major public works, transit construction and land development projects; and may provide lead supervision to lower level personnel.
COVID-19 Risk Tier - Higher Risk
Typical Tasks

  • Reviews and interprets plans, specifications and sites for construction projects;
  • Assures contractors' conformance to plans, specifications and applicable safety regulations;
  • Assumes responsibility for the quality control of concrete, soil, mechanical and electrical equipment or other materials used on County construction projects;
  • Arranges and conducts preconstruction meetings, and makes suggestions or criticisms that serve to establish the procedural guidelines for the project;
  • Coordinates the various project functions with the owner, general contractor, architects, engineers, and other project consultants or agencies;
  • Estimates work completed and prepares the progress payment forms;
  • Supervises or performs the preparation of records, reports, as-built plans and other field office engineering work;
  • Checks quality of materials and construction methods by personal inspection or by the use of supporting staff;
  • Coordinates materials testing, construction surveying and electrical inspections;
  • Maintains a complete set of project records, reports and correspondence for each assigned project;
  • Reviews permit applications, determines proper conditioning, issues permits and collects fees;
  • Determines Improvement Security (bond) amounts and types, and releases project bond;
  • Attempts to resolve disputes which develop between the County, contractor, outside agencies or the public;
  • Schedules final inspections and recommends acceptance of projects;
  • Inspects to assure adherence by contractors to safety rules;
  • May provide project or lead supervision to lower level personnel, including training and assignment of work;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Employment Standards
Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform this function are acquired through possession of a high school diploma or equivalent


Four (4) years of increasingly responsible technical engineering/construction work experience, of which two (2) years are equivalent to the level of Construction Inspector in the County of Santa Clara.

Substitution: Completion of 20 semester units from an accredited college in Engineering or related subjects may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience, provided that no substitution is permitted for the required two (2) years of experience at the level of Construction Inspector.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver's authorization.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of supervision and training;
  • Construction and inspection practices, procedures and techniques;
  • Principles, practices, techniques and terminology of engineering;
  • Engineering mathematics and its application to construction inspection work;
  • Construction methods, materials and equipment;
  • Safety practices in the construction industry;
  • Laws, codes, ordinances and standards applicable to the construction industry;
  • Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and email.

Ability to:

  • Train others;
  • Inspect construction on large and complex projects and enforce compliance with plans, specifications and codes;
  • Meet and consult with engineers, contractors and their representatives on difficult construction matters;
  • Effectively resolve and coordinate problems with construction and engineering personnel;
  • Read and interpret engineering and architectural plans, specifications, laws, ordinance and appropriate codes;
  • Plan, organize and supervise the work of others;
  • Review and evaluate unusual field conditions not specified in plans and specifications;
  • Make field engineering estimates and calculations;
  • Collect and analyze data and prepare accurate and detailed reports, records and letters;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Measure and calculate quantities accurately for preparation of progress payments.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, walk over rough terrain, and climb ladders.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit.Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Closing Date/Time: 6/8/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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