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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3515

Class Designation: Civil Service

December 1990

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Senior Grading Inspector


Under general supervision, to make inspections of residential, commercial and industrial grading and paving installations for adherence to approved plans and specifications and safety regulations, and for compliance to the City codes, and applicable State laws. Checks plans and specifications for compliance with codes and regulations; to issue grading permits; to assist in the training of general building inspectors; works with department administration in the development of grading codes and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from the Building Inspection supervisor in that the incumbent is not responsible for the supervision of subordinate staff. Distinguished from a Building Inspector in that an incumbent does not regularly inspect general building construction; not does and incumbent enforce environmental codes and regulations normally performed by a building Inspector. Distinguished from Senior Electrical Inspector, Senior Building Inspector, Senior Mechanical Inspector and Senior Plumbing Inspector in that an incumbent primarily inspects grading and paving installations.

Example Of Duties

  • Inspects residential, commercial and industrial grading and paving installations of all levels of complexity for compliance with municipal requirements and grading provision of applicable laws and ordinances and in accordance with approved plans.
  • Checks grading and paving storm drain lines.
  • Checks residential, commercial and industrial projects for handicap grade and slope regulations.
  • Checks methods of installation and quality of materials.
  • Keeps records and submits reports.
  • Checks plans and specifications for compliance with grading codes as adopted by the City and the State.
  • Consults with and advises the public, contractors and builders regarding grading and paving laws and requirements.
  • Issues grading and paving permits.
  • Assists in training general building inspectors in grading code enforcement.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Grading and paving and related codes and ordinances enforced by the city.
  • State handicap access laws.
  • Principles and techniques of grading and paving inspection.
  • Grading and paving materials.
  • Accepted safety standards and modern methods of grading and paving installations.
  • Basic principles of soil mechanics.
  • Ability to
  • Analyze and interpret grading plans and sloping, soil reports, geology reports, and specifications for compliance codes.
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive written reports, correction notices.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, architects, contractors, soil engineers, geologists, fellow employees and the general public.
  • License Required

    At the time of appointment, a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License of the appropriate class or grade.


    Five years of experience as a technician for a soil lab or three years of experience as a licensed grading or paving contractor and one year of experience as a grading inspector or any equivalent combinations; or six years of experience including grading and paving inspection as a part of the regular job duties as an inspector for a municipality or county. An IBC certificate or certification of inspection technology is desirable.


    Equivalent to graduation from high school.