Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The City of Littleton's Public Works Department has a rare opening for an Engineering Inspector. The Engineering Inspector provides engineering expertise in the inspection of public and private infrastructure and maintenance, including streets, sidewalks, sanitary sewers, public and private detention/water quality facilities, and storm sewers.  The position serves as the initial point of contact with the Public Works Department & Engineering Division for utility companies, contractors, property owners, developers, and others.  The inspector will attend pre-construction meetings with engineers, developers, and contractors, and prepare construction progress reports and documentation.  The position will also provide responses to citizen complaints and inquiries.

The City of Littleton has a generous benefits package including 4 weeks of vacation/floating holiday per year, retirement matching, low medical and free dental and vision premiums + a free employee name a few!

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

  • Provides systematic on-site inspection of public and selected private infrastructure construction and maintenance including streets, sidewalks, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers and storm water infrastructure for conformance to design specifications.
  • Complies and formulates documentation including daily diaries, quantity calculations and backup documentation, letters, memos and spreadsheets.
  • Attends pre-construction meetings to determine materials, policies, and procedures for construction around the City.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations for payments to contactors, engineers, consultants, surveyors, suppliers, etc. Determines reasonableness of payment requests and quantity claims.
  • Reviews material submittals and test results for compliance with City criteria. Oversees a variety of field tests to insure conformance and quality.
  • Checks line, grade, size, elevation, and location of structures for conformance with specifications and regulations.
  • Conducts routine stormwater management inspections of construction sites to insure compliance with city and state requirements. Prepares reports of these 
  • inspections, informs contractors of non-compliant issues, and insures corrections are made in a timely manner.
  • Assists the Water Resources Manager with inspection of private and public storm water infrastructure and documenting condition; including detention ponds, water quality facilities and channels
  • Inspects adjacent properties for damage from construction activity.
  • Reviews completion of improvements performed by private developers and makes recommendations regarding surety reduction, corrective measures required, compliance with specifications and other observations in the interest of the City or the public.
  • Ensures that safe practices are followed by employees and contractors according to established procedures and sound judgement. Takes necessary action to abate unsafe conditions.
  • Monitors traffic control problems at construction sites and insures proper safety procedures are used by contractors. Check traffic control installations for compliance with the approved plans.
  • Manages the City's right-of-way permits, including the review, approval, and inspection of all permits. Monitors street cuts and repairs for conformance to City specifications and permit conditions.
  • May perform utility locates for all City infrastructure through the state one-call system.
  • Demonstrates a thorough background and knowledge of engineering, construction principles and practices, and public works operations. Makes recommendations concerning the betterment of practices and standards.
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and approach in serving the public. Maintains and fosters an environment which facilitates the customer service philosophy of the City.
  • Answers telephone calls and responds to customer needs in-person, written, and oral communications with customers.  Customers include citizens, motorists, business, property owners; City employees, vendors, contractors, suppliers, and other governmental agencies.
  • Plans and arranges work schedule and establishes priorities to complete scheduled assigned work within parameters assigned by the supervisor.
  • Observes and follows established City policies and procedures in the daily conduct of the job.
  • Performs other assignments and projects as required.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.

This Position Reports To:  Development Services Manager
This Position Has Supervisory Responsibility For:  None.

Education, Formal Training & Experience

  • Requires a valid Colorado driver's license and a qualifying driver's record as required by the City's personnel policies and procedures; and
  • Requires erosion and sediment control inspection certification or ability to obtain within six months of hire; and
  • Requires experience in developing, monitoring and regulating project budgets; or
  • Requires equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Preferred experience in computer-aided drafting, surveying, and estimating.
  • Requires two years' experience in materials testing, construction inspection or closely related field.
  • Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent, preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Requires considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, equipment, and safety hazards of construction inspection.
  • Requires knowledge of cost estimating procedures and standards, surveying equipment, and contract management.
  • Requires knowledge of construction/traffic safety practices, construction materials, and standards and civil engineering standards.
  • Requires proficient skills in the latest versions of word processing and spreadsheet software and possesses aptitude to quickly learn and apply other computer software applications.
  • Requires skills and abilities to analyze data, break down problems, identify relationships between issues, and make recommended solutions to the supervisor.
  • Requires skill in the manipulation of tools, instruments, surveying equipment, and other engineering devices, requiring coordination with eyes, hands, and/or feet.
  • Requires ability to develop a plan for organizing multiple tasks, scheduling meetings, setting deadlines, and preparing for future events.
  • Requires skill and ability in providing feedback, evaluating work, and informing others.
  • Requires skills and abilities that involve the operation of small to heavy equipment including hand, power, and motorized equipment.
  • Ability to understand verbal information and instruction.  Ability to exchange information with others and to develop and present recommendations.
  • Reads and understands written information.  Ability to compose information and instruction in written form.
  • Ability to translate verbal communication into effective written material; e.g., reports and other documents.

  • Surveying equipment, personal computer and designated software, telephone, and photocopier.

  • Requires ability to sit, stand, operate a vehicle, walk, and tolerate adverse weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Essential duties include lifting and carrying objects and boxes weighing up to 50 pounds; pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 200 pounds; ability to enter manholes, climb structures and navigate uneven ground, steep slopes, marshy, muddy or sandy soils. Standing in flowing waters or snow and ice; climbing of ladders and stairs; stooping, crouching, and kneeling to pick up and store objects; reaching and handling to place and retrieve objects; constant ordinary talking in-person and by telephone and two-way radios; sufficient hearing to conduct ordinary talking in person and by telephone and hear equipment operations sounds; seeing with sufficient near and far acuity, depth perception, color vision, and field of vision to operate assigned vehicles, enter computer data, and write reports.

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