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Principal Construction Inspector - Public Works - (2301246)

City of San Jose
San Jose, California 95113
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Principal Construction Inspector - Public Works - (2301246)
About the Department 

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration. The City's Public Works Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees. 
The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating, and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services. The Department is committed to high-quality service, and partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work. 

Salary Information

The total salary range for Principal Construction Inspector classification is $113,633.52 - $138,443.76. This amount includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  

Positions & Duties

Per the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all new hires to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent an approved medical or religious exemption. “Fully vaccinated” means the employee has received the following: Two doses of the monovalent Pfizer; or two doses of the monovalent Moderna; or two doses of the Novavax; or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson; or one dose of the bivalent Pfizer; or one dose of the bivalent Moderna. 
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.   
Public Works Department supports the Environmental Services Department with managing the construction of capital improvement projects at the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. The San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) is one of the largest advanced wastewater treatment plants in the nation serving approximately 1.4 million residents living in a 300 square mile service area. The Department of Public Works is recruiting for a Principal Construction Inspector in Regional WasteWater Facility Construction Management. The RWF Construction Management (CM) Team provides the management and administrative oversight on all RWF’s active CIP construction projects, from implementation through project closeout. 
The Principal Construction Inspector (PCI) will assist by supervising the civil, electrical, and mechanical inspectors assigned to all active CIP projects under construction. The PCI is also responsible for coordinating with various project stakeholders to ensure the clients’ interest are addressed throughout the duration of the project. 
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:  

  • Provide leadership and oversight of construction phase: civil, electrical, and mechanical inspection activities for all construction. 
  • Coordinate with the construction managers and project management staff to verify that civil, electrical, and mechanical inspection activities are completed in a timely manner and in compliance with the contract requirement and CIP programmatic requirements. 
  • Provide support where necessary to individual civil, electrical, and mechanical inspection for all projects.
  • Be the primary point of contact between construction phase civil, electrical, and mechanical work and RWF Operations and maintenance (“O&M”) staff.
  • Assist to establish the training needs and procedures for the inspection staff and ensure the implementation of these policies.
  • Provide budget review and analysis for program and project costs associated with staffing and resources needed for inspection support. 

The PCI shall perform the following activities, which fall into five categories:

Program Principal Construction Inspector
The Principal Construction Inspector will provide program-level leadership and guidance related to project-level civil, electrical, and mechanical inspection processes.

  • Oversee the overall performance of all City inspectors, all consultant electrical and mechanical inspectors, and special inspection staff.
  • Report on inspection staff changes and identify staffing needs in a timely manner. Find coverage by available staff or fill in as an inspection staff when staff are on out sick or on vacation.
  • Audit inspector performance and documentation – e.g., reviewing inspector field performance, daily inspector reports in either EADOC or PMweb, use of inspection checklists, use of HoloBuilder camera, redline drawings, and knowledge of changes.

Interface with City O&M

  • Collaborate with O&M to monitor civil, electrical, and mechanical inspection framework to make sure it is in alignment with O&M’s organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Coordinate with O&M on a regular basis to confirm their participation in civil, electrical, and mechanical activity planning and execution and that CIP civil, mechanical, and electrical inspection-related performance is meeting their expectations.

Construction Inspection

  • The PCI is responsible for establishing new procedures and methods to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the inspection of CIP projects and for the training of inspectors in inspection practices to support the successful delivery of CIP projects through an effective inspection program.
  • The PCI may also be asked to provide civil, electrical or mechanical inspection services for CIP projects. 

Special Inspections and Material Testing

  • Plan and coordinate inspections with the applicable permit agencies, Structural Engineering Code Inspection (“SECI”), and third party inspection consultant.
  • Coordinate with SECI on specific concerns.

Testing, Start-Up and Commissioning (“TSC”)

  • Provide electrical, mechanical and civil inspection support during the testing, startup and commissioning process for CIP projects.

The ideal candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills, and a supreme work ethic. This position requires excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility and written and verbal communications skills. 
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.  


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Completion of High School or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate). 
Experience: Nine (9) years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering/ construction inspection work, including three (3) years at the level of Senior Construction Inspector, Senior Engineering Technician, Party Chief, or equivalent. 
Licenses: Possession of a valid State of California Driver’s License.  
Acceptable substitution: Completion of a terminal curriculum in engineering technology equivalent to that given in an accredited California junior college or two (2) years of college engineering courses may be substituted for two (2) years of the required remaining experience.  

Desirable/Preferred Qualifications


  • Certification: Relevant certifications such as Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) or Certified Mechanical Inspector (CMI) are highly desirable.
  • Industry Knowledge: Familiarity with wastewater treatment processes and equipment used in wastewater plants is beneficial.
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT): Knowledge of NDT techniques such as visual inspection, liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, and ultrasonic testing can be advantageous.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in using computer software applications for documentation, data entry, and reporting (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, inspection management software).


  • Electrical Safety Certification Per NFPA 70E.
  • Inspection experience for medium and high voltage switchgear, motor control centers, motors, transformers, and relay controls at an industrial site.
  • Knowledge of Arc Flash safety and proper PPE.
  • Knowledge of the National Electric Code and California Electric Code.
  • Experience in the Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) at an industrial site.
  • Knowledge of various types of PLC and HMI.
  • Experience and knowledge of Variable Frequency Drive.
  • Knowledge and experience with installation of conduits, rigid and PVC coated panels, pulling cables, installation of feeders, testing, and energizing electrical equipment.  
  • OSHA 30 Certification.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include: 
Job Expertise:

  • Knowledge of construction/ inspection procedures and practices as they relate to Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical work, USA locating, Capital, Development projects, encroachment, and revocable permits.
  • Knowledge and understanding of City Ordinances related to encroachment permits
  • Ability to effectively coordinate project inspections with consultant inspectors to support construction schedules.
  • Knowledge and ability to stay current with storm water regulatory requirements
  • Ability to use and recommend technology to enhance and improve construction and inspection practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of utility coordination.
  • Knowledge of recycle water standards and requirements.
  • Knowledge of vertical and building construction practice and general sequencing of activities.
  • Knowledge of requirements and application of third party/special inspection.

Communication Skills: Communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form. Speech and verbal instructions are clear, concise, and understandable. 
Customer Service: Approaches problem-solving by focusing on customers first; advocates for customer results point of view; demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner. 
Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.  
Decision Making: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities. Takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences. Makes timely and sound decisions. Takes responsibility for decisions.  
Reliability: Completes work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; meets established schedules and deadlines; follows instructions and procedures; fulfills responsibilities and job duties. 
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with coworkers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and coordinate inspections with other trades and disciplines.   
Supervision: Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness. 
Selection Process 
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews. 
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.  

  1. Describe your experience in increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering and construction inspection work. Your response must be consistent with your application and resume.
  2. Please list any projects/ assignments you have worked on the past five years which showcase your inspection experience in all of the following fields: Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. Include the project budget, your role and summary of your responsibilities.  
  3. Describe your experience in managing, supervising, mentoring, and/ or training of staff/ team. Please include the following: the scope and/ or details of what you provided, the duration/ frequency and the number of individuals that you managed, supervised, mentored, and/ or trained.  

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.   
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Diana Gonzalez via email at diana.gonzalez@sanjoseca.gov.                                                                                                                                                                        

Additional Information 

Human Resources Benefits  
Department of Public Works 
The application deadline is 11:59 PM on September 7, 2023.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.   


Posted: 2023-08-28 Expires: 2023-09-27

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Principal Construction Inspector - Public Works - (2301246)

City of San Jose
San Jose, California 95113

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