6317 Assistant Construction Inspector

Recruitment #PEX-6317-904045


JOB TYPE:  This Permanent Exempt - Full Time (Category 18) position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of no more than three (3) years and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.



Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at San Francisco Public Works, 30   Van Ness, Suite 4100, San Francisco, CA 94103. However, there may be situations where the incumbent will be required to work at other sites throughout the City of San Francisco as required.


NATURE OF WORK: The nature of the work requires sustained physical effort involving considerable standing, bending, and exposure to working conditions where moderately serious injuries may occur; exposure to hot asphaltic mixtures and raw sewage and to disagreeable weather conditions.  Positions may periodically require being on call at all times and/or working on weekends and holidays.




Under general supervision, performs construction inspection in conjunction with public works construction projects to ensure compliance with contract plans, specifications, applicable codes and safety regulations. Engineering construction inspection includes but is not limited to the following activities: earthwork and paving, roadway renovation and improvement, water supply and sewer collection pipeline, portland cement concrete, protective coating, pile driving, drilled pier, tunneling/jacking, trackwork, track improvements, power distribution and transmission systems, electrical overhead contact systems, signal, control and data acquisition systems, radio and telecommunications systems, including fiber optic networks, power substations, vehicle modifications and retrofits, bridges, ADA retrofits and facilities, building renovation and improvements, operating equipment, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, electrical and mechanical work, and landscaping and irrigation work.



  • Monitors and inspects the work of contractors for compliance with plans, specifications and schedules.
  • Prepares project documentation including daily reports, force accounts, materials testing, and other construction records.
  • Participates in and/or conducts planning, preconstruction, coordination, progress, scheduling and field staff meetings.
  • Reviews plans, specifications, submittals, shop drawings, change orders, constructability reviews and contract closeout records
  • Assists in detecting and resolving disputes and/or problems and responds to complaints from the public.
  • Ensures that all required tests, operations, measurements, and inspections are scheduled, ordered, satisfactorily completed and documented for quality assurance/quality control compliance.
  • Verifies and prepares quantity and progress estimates for progress payments.
  • Maintains records on unit price quantities, labor, equipment and progress for change order work.
  • Reviews and approves change orders for implementation.
  • Makes field measurements and maintains as-built drawings records.
  • Conducts and/or witnesses testing of contract material, equipment, and installations.
  • Reports safety and traffic hazards, defective work and debris to the contractor for correction.
  • May monitor the excavation, loading and off-haul of hazardous materials from construction sites and ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws pertaining to hazmat.
  • Drives a vehicle to inspection sites.
  • Process monthly payments and change orders.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience in construction inspection work ensuring that plans and specifications are complied with, and the workmanship and material used meet specifications; OR


2. A baccalaureate degree from an engineering or architecture program that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); OR


3. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience in construction, at the Superintendent/General Foreman level, supervising construction crews of more than six employees. Journey-level construction experience and/or drafting experience will not be accepted as qualifying.



1. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5310 Survey Assistant I, 5346 Mechanical Engineering Associate I, 5354 Electrical Engineering Associate I, 5364 Civil Engineering Associate I, 5305 Materials Testing Technician and 6230 Street Inspector may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under #1 of the Experience and Training Guidelines for the Assistant Construction Inspector.


2. Possession of an associate degree in construction or engineering from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under Minimum Qualification #1.



Knowledge in technical, policy and procedural aspects of the job, increase their competence to be able to independently make accurate assessments, and to complete reports in the prescribed manner.


Knowledge of Construction inspection methods and current construction techniques; construction materials necessary to determine the quality and correct use in projects; and safe working habits and regulations in relation to different phases of construction.


Ability to Understand and interpret contract plans and specifications to administer the contract; perform difficult mathematical computations and apply results to inspection work; prepare various types of reports and other written communications necessary for record keeping and letters to contractors; communicate effectively and harmoniously with superiors, coworkers, contractors, and engineers either in person or by telephone; and work effectively with the public, other departments, contractors and engineers.



Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

2.     Prospective and current employees may be subject to DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL TESTING in accordance with Federal rules and regulations.



The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employer Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. Some 7338 Electrical Line Worker positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the (FMCSA) and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for “safety-sensitive” positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA “safety-sensitive position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.”

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

·         Select the desired job announcement

·         Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·         Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).



Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.



All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.



Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Jacque Sanders, by telephone at 415-695-2004 or by email at jacque.sanders@sfdpw.org.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, contact Jacqueline Sanders (415) 554-6000. Notification in advance will enable the department and County to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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