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City of Richmond - Utilities Construction Inspector, Senior - Paving Division in Richmond, Virginia

This class provides inspections of construction projects and utility, fire safety, and elevator installations to ensure compliance with City, state, and federal codes. Incumbents perform the work of the Construction Inspector classification as well as broader and more complex inspection responsibilities, which may include: investigating and mediating inspection-related disputes; investigating accidents; coordinating inspection schedules of staff; reviewing daily staff reports; preparing weekly staff assignments; training other staff; researching and compiling information used by others; reviewing permit and work order applications; calculating fees, assisting customers, and expediting the application process.

As assigned, incumbents may serve as lead workers, assigning work and monitoring work completion.

Supervision Exercised/Received:

  • Exercised: This classification typically does not supervise other employees but may serve as a lead worker, assigning work and monitoring work completion.
  • Received: This classification typically reports to a supervisor.
  • Note: Other reporting relationships may apply.
Example of Duties:

The City of Richmond Department of Public Works is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill the position of Construction Inspector, Senior in the Paving Division. The incumbent is responsible for inspecting private and public construction and development projects to ensure compliance in accordance with applicable codes, plans, and specifications.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpreting and enforcing municipal codes and ordinances
  • Reviewing and interpretingconstruction plans and specifications
  • Performing systematic right-of-way and street inspections of public and private construction and improvement plans to ensure compliance with all city, state and federal codes and regulatory requirements
  • Investigating and resolving disputes regarding work performed in the public right-of-way areas
  • Interpreting and explaining code requirements and compliance regarding the City's right-of-way policies and procedures to the public
  • Conducting construction site visits to gather data and prepare field notes
  • Monitoring activities not requiring permits in the City's right-of-way areas which may require the attention of other City agencies
  • Representing the City as a liaison to contractors and the public
  • Providing technical assistance to citizens, contractors and other City agencies
  • Independently organizing priorities and meeting established deadlines on projects and assignments
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

*_City of Richmond Public Works employees are consideredessential personnel and will be required to workduringdeclared emergencies and major weather events._*

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:


  • An Associate's degree in engineering technology, construction management, or business management
  • Three (3) years of construction inspection, land development, or contractor operations experience
  • Training in Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Road and Bridge Standards
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Construction Management

  • A valid Virginia driver's license is required to perform the duties of this position
  • Four (4) or more years of experience working in Construction interpreting and reviewing ordinances within City's right-of-way areas
  • Possess Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Certifications in Asphalt Concrete, Hydraulic Cement Concrete, Soils and Aggregates, and Virginia Work Area Protection related training
  • Knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Virginia Work Area Protection Manual, Road Design Manual, and VDOT Road and Bridge Standards and Specifications
  • Knowledge and experience with construction practices related to roadways, streets and sidewalks
  • Knowledge and experience in records management, report preparation, filing and open records regulations
  • Current and historical perspective of roadway construction practices


  • Valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
  • Virginia Department of Transportation Soils, Asphalt, Concrete, Aggregates and Pavement Marking (as assigned) Certifications or Operator Qualifications for all gas related tasks, as assigned.


TYPICAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: These are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

Knowledge (some combination of the following):

  • Proper construction methods
  • Pipe placement practices along with various pipe materials
  • Storm sewer infrastructure
  • Soil types/backfill requirements
  • Asphalt, concrete, and manhole placement practices
  • Soils and aggregates, including erosion and sediment control concerns and remediation
  • Different types of asphalt mixtures, concrete mixtures/slopes
  • Different roadway types (e.g. slopes, crowns, etc.) and roadway bedding
  • Pipe assessment, line assessment, and manhole assessment (certified)

Skills (some combination of the following):

  • Computer proficiency, including ERP software (e.g. EnerGov, GIS-technology)
  • Plan reading
  • Mathematics
  • Proficiency in using/working with standard testing equipment (e.g. infrared thermometer, pressure gauge, water chlorine residual tester, etc.)
  • Understanding the basic functions and uses of construction equipment
  • Concrete testing methods
  • Asphalt testing methods
  • Soil testing methods

Abilities (some combination of the following):

  • Determining slope and grade
  • Classifying soils
Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements:
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.


  • The job involves frequent exposure to hazardous physical conditions (mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, etc.), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts gases, poor ventilation), extreme temperatures, and intense noise.
  • The job involves occasional exposure to restricted work spaces, hazardous materials (chemicals, blood and other body fluids), and environmental conditions (e.g. disruptive people, imminent danger, threatening environment). Frequent travel may be required.


  • Due to the nature of work assignments, incumbents must be able to perform detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks, with frequent interruptions and under time constraint.
  • While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly balance, kneel, crouch, reach extending arms and hands in any direction (daily, none), stand, walk, finger (pick, pinch, type or otherwise work primarily with fingers), feeling (e.g. perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture), talk, see, hear and feel repetitive motion of the wrists, hands and fingers.
  • The employee is frequently required to climb, crouch, and grasp applying pressure to an object with fingers or palms. In terms of the physical strength to perform the essential duties, this classification is considered to be medium work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Job Title: Construction Inspector, Senior - Paving Division

Closing Date/Time: Sun. 08/04/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Salary: $22.04 - $33.06 Hourly $1,763.08 - $2,644.62 Biweekly $45,840.00 - $68,760.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Department: Public Works