Inspector I/II

  • Mechanical/Utility
  • Mission Support Positions
  • La Mesa, CA
  • Up to $8,958/monthly effective July 1 USD / Year
  • Salary: Up to $8,958/monthly effective July 1

Website helixwater Helix Water District

4% Cost of Living Increase effective July 1

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking an experienced and self-motivated Inspector I/II (up to $8,958/monthly effective July 1) to join our Engineering team. Helix prides itself in being a progressive industry leader. Our work makes a difference and we are passionate about our technical professions and the customer service we provide. If you are looking to work alongside people that care about the quality of their work and value open communication and teamwork, we’d love for you to consider joining our team!

Inspector I/II is a non-exempt, journey-level class. Under general supervision, performs detailed inspections of complex, multi-disciplined public works and waterworks construction projects; integrates plans, details and specifications to ensure construction and contract compliance; prepares and conducts preconstruction meetings and constructability reviews; prepares detailed project inspection reports; and participates in the change order process; prepares presentations to district staff; and performs related duties as assigned.

Inspector I: $5,830 – $7,441/monthly
Inspector II: $6,749 – $8,613/monthly

Promotional opportunities beyond the Inspector I/II are possible. Helix also has an Inspector III position. (Please see our Careers section for the full job description)
Overview of Responsibilities 

Acts as liaison between departments within the district, city officials, specialty inspectors, consultants and outside contractors on capital improvement and construction projects involving reservoir, pumping station, treatment plant, pipeline and water tank construction and modification projects.

Performs entry-level to journey-level duties in the inspection, monitoring, coordinating/conducting of testing, and assessing of construction performance; and records construction activities to ensure compliance with project documents, including major mechanical, electrical, civil, instrumentation and control, telemetry, structural concrete and masonry, gaseous and liquid-fed chlorine systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, structural steel, piping systems, metal work and welding, painting and coating, asphalt and concrete pavement, earthwork, pumps, motors and motor control systems, column pipe, and testing and startup on pumping station, reservoir and pipeline projects.

Develops and maintains project documentation through daily status reports; charts progress of contract schedules via scheduled project meetings; records and maintains project files; documents and records infor­mation on project drawings; reviews, files and maintains shop drawing submittals; incorporates change orders; reviews and submits monthly pay estimates; maintains startup and checkout lists; reviews/negotiates contractor change orders and makes recommendations for changes.

Reviews assigned project plans, specifications and submittals with staff and consulting engineers at various stages; makes recommendations on modifications of plans and specifications.

Resolves conflicts with contractors, inspectors, business owners, consumers and other representatives related to plans, specifications, interagency requirements, unanticipated field conditions and customer complaints.

Verifies that items have been completed and/or corrected; verifies that certificates, manuals and other contractor data are applicable to installations; verifies that tests, equipment, system startups and maintenance are conducted as required by contracts.

Reviews and examines materials delivered to the site for installation to verify their conformance to specifications and submittals; performs and documents, using standard applicable testing procedures and forms, compliance and suitability of materials for installation and application.

Interprets and understands survey data to verify vertical and horizontal alignment, location of structures, elevation of pipe, vault structures and other utilities; obtains measurements as pipeline is being installed; verifies concrete vault construction, including placement of reinforced steel, embedded items, concrete quality, placement of form work, expansion and sealant materials and welded joints.

Reviews and submits to the contractor a list of observed items requiring completion or correction prior to substantial completion; conducts final inspections in the company of district representatives, engineers and contractors.

Coordinates necessary, scheduled or emergency shut-downs.

Assures water quality standards are met and coordinates/collects samples for laboratory testing prior to placing facilities into service.

Prepares hydrostatic test data sheets, vertical traverse sheets, concrete cylinder test data sheets and various miscellaneous sheets as needed.

Conducts and/or attends prebid and preconstruction conferences with contractors, consulting engineers, developers, district staff and others.

Coordinates, oversees and provides field administration of construction contracts and consultant performance.

The successful candidate must have at least five years of experience in public works construction or equivalent with at least one year experience as a journey-level or equivalent. Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school or GED. Must have a valid Class C California driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

A valid State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade 2 (D2), or ability to obtain within two years.

Inspector II:
Possession of a Location Training Certification or ability to obtain within one year.
Application Process

To be considered for the Inspector I/II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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