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Project Inspector AF

Department: Development Svcs/Engineering
Office: City Hall
Position Number:50-30-434-602-8
Job ID#:16227
To be considered for this job:You must complete the on-line application form.
Opening Date for In-House Candidates:9/27/17
Opening Date to the Public:10/4/17
Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by:10/27/17
Starting Salary (or salary range):17.19 to 21.49 (hourly)
Other information about this position or about working with the City of Rio Rancho:A Drivers License is required for this position. Your driving record must always meet City insurability standards.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
Banner:This is the initial posting of this job opening.

This job will be posted internally for 7 calendar days for current employees to apply first, then will be released for external applicants.
If you are called for an interview or to attend a pre-employment testing session:If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone with a date, time and place to interview.
Typical schedule :M-F


Position Title: Project Inspector AF  

Department: Public Works / Development Services Departments, Engineering Divisions  

Reports to: Workgroup Supervisor or Division Manager  

 FLSA Status: non-Exempt  

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 

Pay Grade: 18A  

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time  

Full Time Equivalent: 1.00  

Position Summary

A Project Inspector conducts inspections of surface and subsurface installations of public infrastructure projects, subdivisions and private construction projects. Depending on assigned Division, inspections may include water and sewer distribution system, overseeing collection of water samples, pressure testing, well construction, water/wastewater treatment systems, reservoirs, life stations and other facilities. May also inspect roadway construction including subgrade preparation, asphalt and concrete placement, curb and gutter installation, ADA ramps, signage and striping for temporary traffic control, and grading. 

Education, Training and Experience – minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: Associates Degree 

            For required college degrees, applicable field(s) of study: Civil engineering, construction management, or directly related discipline. 

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Depending on assigned Division, three years of experience or training related to surface/subsurface civil engineering, and/or work experience in water/wastewater utility construction or operations. In lieu of a degree, incumbent must possess five years of relevant experience. 

Education and/or experience preferences: College/Technical School coursework in construction, engineering, water/wastewater utility construction or operations, or a related field. 

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver’s License requirement: Frequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License  

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: none 

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: Depending on assigned Division: Level 1 Water Operator Certification; Sampling Certification; IAMPO registration; Traffic Control Certification; Temporary Traffic Control Supervisor Certification; Asphalt/Concrete Testing Certification.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Water and wastewater specifications, construction, and materials standards, as set forth in the AWWA Standards and APWA; reading and interpreting engineering plans, City codes and ordinances; developing reports and budgets; water sampling and pressure testing procedures; engineering and architectural terminology; codes, standards and specifications for design and construction of roadway (surface and subsurface) and drainage projects; occupational hazards and safety standards and practices applicable to construction sites. Operating survey equipment, anemometer, nuclear Densometer, concrete measuring devices, pressure test for utility installations, mandrel tests, test for contaminants, poly and steel weld testing, cathodic potential meter, Multi-Meter for Continuity test, Holiday detector, hot tapping equipment. Must understand and interpret blueprints, specifications, schematic drawings, etc. 

Skills:  Must be able to type rapidly and accurately enough to successfully produce documents/spreadsheets, communicate via e-mail, or perform data entry as necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the position.   Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Operation of a personal computer using word processing, spreadsheet, database, engineering, and computer mapping software; calculator; thermometers.  

Abilities: Read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, and documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Write routine reports and correspondence. Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees. Use math concepts to present data in charts, graphs, and presentations. Analyze traffic control requirements in roadway construction areas for compliance with MUTCD. Measure quantities of completed earthwork, paving materials, pipe lengths, concrete flatwork and structures; calculate surface areas, linear distances and volumes. 

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: Works with department managers and staff on   construction and maintenance projects.   Maintains harmonious, courteous, and understanding relationships,   while fostering a collaborative teamwork environment.   External:     Works with vendors and contractors to insure utility construction and   maintenance projects are completed per specifications.   Presents a friendly, courteous image for   the City to the general public, customers, and public officials. 

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: Moderate--incumbent is expected to analyze situations that are not covered by established procedures or instructions and suggest to supervisor a recommended course of action 

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: Low -- Position is accountable to a Department Director or Division Manager and cannot make major decisions or obligate the City 

Span of control: Responsibility for own work (no supervision or leadership expectations) 

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Inspects subsurface and surface installations for roadway, water and wastewater and drainage projects and subdivisions, ensuring accuracy, safety and quality in accord with Federal, state and local regulations. Conducts on-site inspection of construction projects, and maintains written progress reports, daily logs, picture and video records.
  • Reviews construction plans and cost estimates for the construction project, utilizing Geographic Positioning System equipment to verify as-builts and infrastructure inventory. Attends bid openings and pre-construction meetings and coordinates construction projects with contractors, City staff, and clients. Interprets plans and specifications and resolves construction problems. Prepares work orders and obtains required permits for construction projects. Verifies all field changes for “as-built” drawings on field plan set or ensures the contractor and/or architect/engineer are recording changes on final drawings.
  • Performs hydrostatic tests on pressure lines and ex-filtration tests on gravity lines, manholes and water containment structures. Schedules soil, concrete and asphalt testing with labs.  
  • Approves or denies installations based on contract compliance. Coordinates project closeout with City staff and contractors.


Additional Duties if assigned to the Traffic Division:

  • Performs CIP ROW Use Permit Processing and Inspection. Processes submitted permits and traffic control plans for Public Works Capital Improvement Projects and maintenance projects. Performs daily inspections of traffic control setups for conformance to the approved traffic control plan. Coordinates with the project manager/engineer to correct any deficiencies noted.
  • Assists Public Works field personnel with traffic control set-ups and take-downs.
  • Performs inspection of traffic related infrastructure which shall include but not be limited to signing installations, traffic signal construction, school flasher installations and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects.
  • Performs Americans With Disabilities (ADA) infrastructure compliance inspections on public infrastructure within the public right of way.
  • Assists other traffic personnel in performing traffic studies in the field.
  • Assists other traffic personnel in performing traffic related maintenance in the field.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Blend of sedentary and physical work 

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision ; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Bending/kneeling/crawling; Digging or working in trenches; Lifting/carrying/push/pull up to 49 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Walking long distances; Working more than 8 hours/day; Working more than 5 days a week 

Exposures: Vibration from equipment or operations; working outside in inclement weather conditions. 

Extraordinary working conditions: none 

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: none 

Required personal protective equipment: Protective clothing (i.e., reflective vest); safety or steel-toed boots; hard hat; protective gear; safety glasses with or w/o side shields; ear plugs; gloves.

If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).


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