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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3521

Class Designation: Civil Service

April, 2005

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.  


Public Works Inspector


Under direction, performs inspections of permitted and City contracted construction projects for compliance with specifications; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This classification encompasses the journey level to the senior level.

Incumbents at the journey level class perform a full range of complex tasks and work within a framework of established procedures with only occasional instruction or assistance. Work is reviewed upon completion and for overall results. Interpretation of general administrative or operational policies is necessary.

Incumbents at the advanced journey/senior level perform the most complex tasks and possess a significant level of specialized, technical and functional expertise. Incumbents exercise independent judgement in the performance of duties, with great latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives direction from an Associate Engineer or Division Manager.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
When assigned to journey level positions:
  • Determines quality of materials and workmanship, and compliance with plans, specifications, estimates and all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Inspects traffic control placed within the City right-of-way.
  • Checks elevations and grades.
  • Checks sub-grade conditions and determines soil values for paving purposes.
  • Inspects mix, placement of and finished concrete and asphalt improvements.
  • Inspects various underground sub-structures, pipelines, etc.
  • Prepares memos, progress reports, notices and logs as required.
  • Checks delivery and materials tickets.
  • Sketches and records "as built" information pertaining to new construction.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date inspection records.
  • Reviews sub-grade conditions and determines soil values for paving purposes.
  • Attends pre-job field meetings.
  • Reviews various engineering plans for compliance with codes, regulations and other standards.
  • Inspects dumpsters for compliance; reports un-permitted dumpsters.
  • Keeps abreast of current codes and regulations affecting City projects.
  • In addition to the duties listed above, incumbents at the advanced journey/senior level perform the following:
  • Reviews and assists with inspections ensuring compliance with inspection schedules, department and City policies and procedures.
  • Inspection of Capital Projects
  • Coordinates inspections and related activities with contractors, utility personnel, consultants and various City staff.
  • When assigned to City contracts, works closely with assigned Project Manager in coordination of scheduling, inspection of materials and workmanship to ensure adherence to project specifications.
  • Calculates quantities of materials for projects.
  • Enters inspection information into the computer.
  • Gathers and investigates information related to incidents resulting in lawsuits as required.
  • Serves as a member of the City Standards Review Team and "As Built" Plan Review Team.
  • Prepares various status, analytical and technical reports and correspondence.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Receives and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding inspections.
  • Serves on various committees as appropriate.
  • Inspects dumpsters for compliance; reports un-permitted dumpsters.
  • Distributes notices, flyers, etc. as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Methods and practices of public works inspection and materials testing.
  • Construction methods, materials and equipment.
  • Principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Surveying procedures, instruments and equipment.
  • Basic construction safety practices.
  • City codes and ordinances, rules and regulations affecting inspection operations.
  • General City operations.

    Ability to

  • Determine quality of materials and workmanship through inspection.
  • Determine compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Maintain accurate notes and sketches.
  • Make fair and impartial decisions.
  • Perform complex computations and measurements involving formulas and using advanced applications of algebra, trigonometry and geometry; interpret graphs.
  • Compile, analyze and apply engineering data.
  • Operate office and other equipment including a computer, radios, camera, air tester, measuring devices and surveying equipment, etc.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with City employees, other City departments, public officials, contractors, outside agencies and the public.
  • Read and understand technical reports, maps, drawings, specifications, plans, codes, etc.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

    Equivalent to graduation from high school, preferably supplemented by vocational/college coursework related to this field and three years of responsible experience in engineering/public works inspection work.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:

    Requires the ability to perform field work involving exertion of a moderate amount of physical effort to stoop, crouch and lift in the performance of duties; ability to work around traffic and construction sites in a safe manner; sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform skilled repetitive movements such as sketching, and using office equipment and supplies; ability to drive motor vehicles. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. May be subject to uncomfortable working conditions including exposure to dust, noise, heat or cold and performing inspections in confined spaces.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification supplemented by additional education or training may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Assistant Engineer or Building Inspection Supervisor.