Civil Engineering Construction Inspector

City of Cedar Rapids

HOURLY WAGE: New Hire: $26.11  ·  1 year: $28.91  ·  2 years: $30.65  ·  3 years: $32.44

The City of Cedar Rapids is welcoming applications for a Civil Engineering Construction Inspector.   At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community. The Civil Engineering Construction Inspector will be a vital link between engineering and execution of our critical infrastructure projects.  

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What‘s in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $53.23 per month for 2021! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 2 personal days per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View the AFSCME Choice Plan Benefits Summary (Download PDF reader)

About the position: 

The Civil Engineering Construction Inspector is tasked with being the eyes in the field on our infrastructure projects.  Inspection duties include but are not limited to, daily reporting, quantity tracking for payment, material testing for compliance, communication with the contractor and project team, documenting project details and conflicts, and being a representative of the City of Cedar Rapids on project sites.

Provides technical services to a comprehensive engineering design and public works program for the City.

Works under general supervision with some technical supervision.  Exercises discretion in selecting work methods and sequences.
Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
Position advertised until filled.

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Inspects public works construction projects, subdivisions and work in the public right-of-way in progress and at completion to assure conformance with plans, specifications and regulations;

  • Negotiates with contractors on proposed changes in methodology or plans, with approval of supervisor;

  • Inspects quality and conformance to specifications of construction materials used;

  • Maintains precise daily records of inspection findings and construction progress;

  • Maintains accurate daily records of quantities used and computes monthly and final pay estimates;

  • Attends pre-construction meetings for projects assigned;

  • Communicates with general public about project and progress of work;

  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;

  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;

  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;

  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Firm knowledge of public works construction inspection methods and techniques;

  • Firm knowledge of proper construction methods and materials;

  • Acquired knowledge of City geography;

  • Ability to operate the following equipment and tools: calculator, cell phone, engineering materials

  • testing equipment, and inspection measuring equipment;

  • Ability to react quickly when working around equipment in an uncontrolled environment;

  • Ability to operate a personal computer or tablet using program applications appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities;

  • Ability to work cooperatively and to maintain effective working relationships to accomplish job responsibilities;

  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;

  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training:
  • Graduation from High School or GED 

  • Three years of experience in the construction trades or in a public works engineering function; and

  • Experience in construction or inspection processes; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s license.


Job ID: 78646

Posted 13 days ago

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