Construction Inspector

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Valley Center Municipal Water District


The District is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Construction Inspector. Under general supervision of the Engineering Services Supervisor, reporting directly to the Senior Inspector or other staff as assigned by the District Engineer, incumbents perform inspections of construction projects and interprets contract specifications to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and contract provisions.  Responsible for locating and marking District facilities, serving as the primary respondent. Incumbents must have the ability to work independently on a variety of inspections and construction projects, and may be required to work a varied workweek, different shifts and respond to emergencies as necessary.


Inspects a variety of project sites, such as sewer mains and lateral installations, underground pipelines, and fire hydrants, for compliance with Cal OSHA regulations, District safety standards, and contract plans and specifications.  Inspects private development projects. Marks and locates existing District facilities using drawings, computer data bases, visual identifiers and specialized equipment. Reads individual job construction plans, documents and specifications; confers with supervisors, consultants, contractors and various District staff on field design conflicts, construction requirements and contract documents. Uses measuring rods, tapes, surveying transits, calculators, and other related tools to determine distance, location, dimension, depth, grade and calculate volumes.

Ability to take concise notes and write daily reports in a professional manner, accurately describing daily activities. Knowledge of computer software essential to performing required work, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, NoteVault, GIS and PDF viewing and editing. Utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) as instructed and directed. Prepares progress reports and change orders; recommends progress payments and maintains field records including sketches, photographs, drafting and narrative notes. Monitors contractor safety practices and coordinates the work of District staff and contractors on joint projects. Interprets plans, specifications, codes, ordinances and policies for contractors and District staff; explains the limits and parameters of the work as required. Prepares inspection reports on District projects; compiles and reports information for the review of “as-built” plans; checks “as-built” plans for completeness and accuracy; makes field sketches on “as-builts” and the connections as required for each project. (A more detailed job description can be found on the District’s website


Knowledge of: Construction methods, materials, practices, specifications and equipment; basic surveying principles and practices; field engineering practices and basic design criteria for construction projects; relevant state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, codes and standards; basic first aid and CPR techniques; safe work practices and regulations pertaining to the work; using computer and related software applications; mathematics, including trigonometry and algebra; methods and techniques of materials testing.

Ability to: Perform skilled inspections of varied construction projects; read and interpret drawings, plans and contract specifications; keep clear, accurate and concise records and field sketches and prepare appropriate progress payments; interpret and enforce a variety of codes, ordinances and special requirements related to construction work; inspect pipeline construction; exercise sound independent judgment within policy and procedural guidelines; write clear, accurate and concise technical reports and correspondence; make accurate mathematical calculations related to inspection, including volumes and material quantities; understand communication and be understood while using the District’s radio communication system; and, establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and those contacted in the course of the work.


Education: Equivalent to a High School Diploma.

Experience: A minimum of two years of water/sewer inspection, public works inspection or related construction inspection experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements: California Class C Driver’s License; Possession of a State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution 1 (D1) certificate is highly desirable. Obtaining D1 certification within 1 year of employment is required.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, incumbents are regularly required to use hands to grasp and feel, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear.  Incumbents are occasionally required to sit.  Incumbents must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May be required to medically qualify and wear a District approved respirator.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, heavy construction equipment, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions. The incumbent is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; and adverse weather conditions, fumes, airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock, heavy vibration and loud or prolonged noise levels. The noise level in the work environment ranges from moderately quiet to extremely loud.


A District Application is required for consideration for this position and is available online at or at our District office located at 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center. Office hours are 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday – Thursday and 7:30am to 4:00pm on Friday. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed District application. Please direct any questions to John Marchetta at (760) 735-4525.  Applications can be submitted directly to

The provisions of this notice do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision in this notice may be modified or revoked without notice. Persons selected for employment will be required to take, and pass, a pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check. They will also be required to present documents establishing qualifications, personal identity and the legal right to work in the United States. The District makes reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If candidates require special arrangements to participate in the interview process, they should state their needs when invited to participate in an oral panel interview. Valley Center Municipal Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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