Senior Inspector: Public Works Department

Jul 2, 2019, 17:26 PM


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Under administrative direction of the Construction Manager, performs a variety of technical field and office engineering work involved in inspecting construction activities on assigned engineering/public works projects; ensures conformance with approved plans, specifications, and City standards; identifies erosion and sediment control violations for the City; investigates, inspects, and enforces state, federal, and City erosion and sediment codes; maintains records and prepares reports on projects inspected; provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public in person, by telephone, or in the field; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The following duties are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.  In addition, specifications are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the class and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents within the position.


  • Inspects the construction, repair, and/or alteration work on assigned engineering/public works projects including streets, parks, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, parking lots, water and sewer systems, storm drains, underground improvements, street lighting systems, landscaping, landscaping irrigation systems, facilities, and other City capital projects; inspects materials, methods, and procedures for conformance with plans and specifications; enforces and observes testing of materials; reviews test reports; performs final inspection upon completion of project.
  • Assists in the procurement process for renovations and modifications to City owned facilities.  This includes providing assistance creating scopes of work, Quotes, Invitations to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Qualifications (RFQ), etc.
  • Assists in the oversight of renovations and modifications of City owned facilities. This may include processing pay applications applicable to work being performed, provide punch list, and meet with contractors to verify scope is understood and feasible.
  • Meets and confers with representatives of utility companies, contractors, engineers and other public agencies regarding construction plans and specifications; investigates and attempts to resolve citizen complaints.
  • Verifies proper maintenance and effectiveness of erosion and sediment control, at a minimum, weekly.
  • Answers questions, provides information to, and confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience; schedules service interruptions with the least interference and least inconvenience to property owners; coordinates work with other City departments and utilities to resolve interferences and conflicts.
  • Maintains records such as record of inspection, inspection log, verbal warnings, violation notices, stop work orders, etc.
  • Takes appropriate action to resolve complaints and/or correct violations.
  • Prepares and/or generates various records and reports including inspection log or record, start date, photographs, warnings, violations, stop work orders, etc.
  • Operates basic field survey equipment to assist in the resolution of design and construction conflicts.
  • Performs complex construction calculations for stormwater, street systems, asphalt thickness and base requirements, concrete quantities, elevation and slope requirements.
  • Performs field verification of existing infrastructure and utilities; assists in the relocation of existing utilities on City construction projects.
  • Verifies locations of utilities, easements and property lines on City engineered plans.
  • Prepares sketches of design and construction conflicts from field conditions. 
  • Uses computer equipment including spreadsheets, database, and word processing software to generate construction reports.
  • Takes, investigates, and finds solutions for Department of Engineering/Public
  • Works’ complaints requiring field investigations.
  • Assists in preparing and processing progress payments for contractors; negotiating contract change orders and revisions to reimbursement agreements.
  • Compiles detailed data on construction progress and inspection results including project punch lists; issues notification letters to contractors; maintains a variety of records and files; prepares various reports and logs on daily operations and activities.
  • Reviews plans, specifications, contract documents, and other technical data to ensure conformance with City standard; recommends and/or makes changes as necessary. Receives and/or reviews various records and reports including erosion control plans, notice of intent, notice of termination, geotechnical reports, etc.
  • Enforces and documents adherence to various environmental requirements.
  • Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Attends and participates in seminars, training sessions, and other meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in construction methods and materials; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  • Addresses public safety in construction zones; advises contractors of issues related to public safety; assists in detour planning, sign placement, and other traffic control measures.
  • Management of City owned street lights and coordination with the responsible power company pertaining to bulb replacement, pole painting, etc.
  • Oversees the replacement and maintenance/repair requirements of the City’s generators.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.
  • Operations, services, and activities of an engineering/public works inspection program.
  • Principles and practices of stormwater management design and construction, erosion and sedimentation control practices.
  • Construction Plans and Specifications.
  • City standards and details, standard construction symbols and abbreviations, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in construction.
  • Inspection methods and techniques related to stormwater maintenance.
  • Surveying methods.
  • Hydrology, hydraulics, soil mechanics and geology.
  • Methods, materials, and progressive steps used in the construction of building and related structures.
  • Permit processing procedures.
  • Methods and techniques used in the inspection of engineering/public works construction projects.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public works and building projects.
  • Methods and techniques of detecting construction defects and faults. 
  • Methods and techniques of materials, testing.
  • Applicable laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, and policies governing the construction of engineering/public works’ projects.
  • Mathematics principles and practices.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.
  • Methods and techniques of engineering principles, construction plans, and specification review for compliance with established construction standards.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence.
  • Drafting and mapping, GIS/Arc View
  • Pertinent federal, state, local, City, and other applicable building, safety, and environmental codes, laws, and regulations.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.


  • Perform inspections on a variety of engineering / public works projects.
  • Understand and interpret maps, engineering reports, plans, construction drawings and specifications, and basic stormwater design calculations.
  • Prepare accurate engineering records.
  • Prepare a variety of drawings, sketches, spreadsheets, schedules, reports, and related technical documents.
  • Communicate construction conflicts from notes and sketches.
  • Perform a variety of data gathering and compilation for construction conflict resolution.
  • Make accurate engineering/construction computations and sketches.
  • Recognize the potential for process improvements and then propose and execute changes.
  • Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers, and property owners.
  • Detect and locate faulty materials and workmanship and determine the stage of construction during which defects are most easily found and remedied.
  • Interpret and apply laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, and policies governing the construction of public works projects.
  • Perform various mathematical calculations.
  • Prepare and maintain records, drawings, and reports related to construction activities.
  • Prepare and present oral and written reports, including inspections, performance logs and records, and related compliance documents.
  • Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials and to detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction methods, practices, and requirements.
  • Exercise sound and independent judgment.
  • Plan and organize daily work schedules and prioritize inspections.
  • Safely operate a variety of tools, equipment, and assigned vehicle.
  • Understand engineering principles and apply to construction projects.
  • Inspect and analyze construction procedures and interpret code violations.
  • Implement and maintain daily records.
  • Respond to issues and concerns from the community.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Analyze complex issues and assist in developing and implementing an appropriate response.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.


Any combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job qualifies.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalency supplemented by specialized training in public works inspection, construction, civil engineering, or a related field.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in construction, soil erosion and sedimentation control, construction site inspections, construction layout/surveying techniques, materials testing and construction plan and specifications interpretation.
  • Possession of Erosion and Sediment Control Level 1B certification, APWA Public
  • Infrastructure Inspector, and Georgia Department of Transportation asphalt, concrete
  • or roadway testing certifications are preferred; may be required to possess additional certification(s) as deemed necessary by the department.
  • Possession of a valid Georgia Class C driver’s license.

Please submit: (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) employment application. All documents may be submitted electronically by e-mail to or fax to 678-297-6041.  If you are mailing your submission, send all documents to Kathy Bott, Human Resources Manager, City of Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009.  Application packets will be accepted until the position is filled.


POSTED:  July 2, 2019
Equal Opportunity Employer


  • Public Works

  • Full-time

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  • Open

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Employer ID: 95319

Authorized On: 01/29/2008