Construction Inspector

8100 Professional Place, MD
Jan 12, 2023
Jan 26, 2023
Full Time
General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority's telework policy.

Construction Inspector Marketing Statement:

Metro's Office of Infrastructure Department of Project Delivery has several opportunities for Construction Inspectors. Preferred technical expertise in one or several areas: civil/structural; electrical; mechanical; or systems (communications, security, life safety, automatic train control, intrusion detection). Ideal candidates will communicate with contractors effectively, monitor contractors' actual progress against scheduled progress, report on non-compliance and corrective action, and perform substantial completion inspections. Transit experience and capability to utilize MS office Suite (email and excel) and Procore preferred. Candidates should expect both day or night work including weekends.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate. College level technical or engineering courses are desirable. Construction and/or technical inspection experience in areas of assigned responsibilities is required.

Medical Group:
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary/Duties:
  • This is technical construction inspection work to ensure compliance with plan and specifications and involves construction projects for joint and adjacent construction, WMATA facilities, and the Metrorail and Metrobus systems. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of projects, including projects involving heavy construction methods and procedures, are completed in accordance with approved plans and specifications. Heavy construction work is characterized by use of many specialized techniques, several phases under construction at the same time by different contractors, and the unusual and complex nature of the structure and procedures involved. The incumbent develops and maintains daily records, both electronic and hardcopy, of all work and coordinates with contractors on methods and practices to be used, and plan and specification requirements to be met. The incumbent anticipates problems in assigned areas of inspection and initiates actions for their resolution to minimize work disruption. The incumbent is authorized to stop or suspend work if necessary to prevent accident or injury. Supervisor provides minimal guidance, and on complex and unusual problems provides brief generalized direction. Employee works under the general direction of a Supervisory Construction Inspector or Construction Inspector Facilitator who assigns the inspector to his/her work, reviews his/her daily field reports, and directs any necessary follow-up or corrective action that is not already identified by the Inspector as being underway.
  • Achieves and maintains full familiarity with contract plans, specifications, contractor's schedules and plans, applicable safety regulations, and current shop and working drawings relative to assigned contract duties in order to be knowledgeable about the contractor's obligations/plans/schedule and Authority Representative's (and Inspector's) responsibilities with respect there to.
  • Inspects all phases of construction within his/her assigned work area. Typical construction work inspected may include: civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, systems, architectural, track work, and landscaping work. Systems construction may include installation and testing of communication systems, automatic train control systems, automatic fare collection equipment, elevators, escalators, and intrusion detection and other warning devices.
  • Maintains quality control in accordance with established guidelines relating to assigned portion of the project. Verifies the implementation of the inspection and testing portions of the Contractor Quality Control Plan that pertains to the work assignment and verifies quality conforms to contract standards.
  • Performs physical measurements and field testing which may involve the use of complex electronic or mechanical devices for non-destructive testing. Collects and compiles electronic or hardcopy data to document the quality of the work. Compares actual work against contract, shop and working drawings, and specification requirements. Assists in preparation of material samples, as required for laboratory testing and approval.
  • Receives specific inspection responsibilities; contacts contractor's representative to become acquainted with work to be accomplished in area of responsibility and to inform contractor's representative of what is expected in regard to the contractor's work performance; observes work in assigned areas of responsibility; takes appropriate corrective steps, as necessary.
  • Observes work operations for compliance with applicable safety regulations; is alert for unsafe practices, and where appropriate, requests their correction by the contractor's representative on site. In emergency situations, stops the work involved and immediately reports the action to a supervisor; performs daily safety inspections; prepares electronic and/or hardcopy safety reports, and attends and documents contractor's tool-box safety meetings.
  • Documents daily construction activities on electronic and/or hardcopy reports as instructed by supervisor. Records on Inspector Daily Reports change order work under respective Pending Change Order (PCO) numbers on a daily basis. Monitors contractor's actual progress against scheduled progress, and records on Daily Reports. Records contractor's job-site equipment and manpower.
  • Passes on directly to the contractor's representatives, as requested or as necessary, information that is related to plans and specifications. Ensures the contractor is working with approved shop drawings and updated contract drawings.
  • Informs contractor's supervisory staff of apparent non-compliance with contract provisions; monitors corrective action, and reports contractor's refusal to take corrective action to the Authority Representative, as necessary. Assists the field staff in preparing monthly pay estimate calculations and work-to-complete forecasts.
  • Assists the Authority Representative in conducting Substantial Completion Inspections (SCI) and Final Acceptance Inspections. Makes "Punch List" or "Work List" in areas of assigned responsibility prior to SCI. Monitors and records correction of construction deficiencies.
  • Observes contractor's methods and use of equipment and records same on Daily Reports. Suggests improvements, whenever appropriate, to the Authority Representative.
  • Participates in WMATA Roadway Worker Protection Training through Level IV. May be assigned to serve as WMATA Level IV escort and set up work zones within the Right-of-Way. Escorts contractor and/or WMATA teams in work areas within Bus/Rail operating facilities.
  • Uses assigned electronic devices including but not limited to digital cameras, personal computers, laptops, radios, and wireless communications devices in the performance of assigned work.
  • The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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