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Construction Inspector I - City of Issaquah ( Job # 18-0080)

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Minimum Salary: $4,652.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,546.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, November 12, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Issaquah is currently seeking a Construction Inspector I to join our Development Services team! Issaquah is a rapidly growing community, well known for its environmental amenities, excellent quality of life, and countless cultural and educational opportunities. The Development Services Department works closely with the community to provide outstanding services. The Department is committed to continuous improvement, excellence in operations and fiscal stewardship.

Under the direction of the Senior Engineer, positions in this classification are responsible for a range of inspections directly related to enforcement of construction codes, development regulations and/or contract requirements. Work assignments require a thorough knowledge of construction methods and materials, inspection techniques and administrative procedures connected with the work. Inspectors are expected to fully understand how a substitution or deletion at one phase of construction will affect a later phase or a post construction situation such as maintenance of the structure and often coordinate their activities with other staff members, departments or division of the City.  

Come join our team! Our mission — We enhance lives through public service.

First review of applications November 12, 2018 - apply today!


Work Environment

Work is performed primarily outdoors conducting site constructions inspections. Field inspection work can expose the employee to inclement weather and safety hazards such as falling objects, heavy equipment, power tools, noise and vibration, dust and dirt, fumes and odors, uneven or rough  terrain and requires climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling.

Essential Functions
  • Inspects methods and approves materials used by contractors to construct all types of public and private improvements, including major construction projects.
  • Ensures conformity with plans, specifications and intended results for a variety of public works and private builder improvement projects.
  • Provides continuous evaluation of construction progress to observe safety procedures and sound construction practices. 
  • Issues stop work orders for work commencing without appropriate permits or not in compliance with prescribed standards.
  • Organizes, prepares, and maintains accurate reports and records of inspection activities, including documentation of field changes, verification of record drawings, and for program documentation; writes letters regarding compliance on specific issues; and completes other written reports and records as needed.
  • Reads and interprets construction permit drawings to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications.
  • Serves as a point of contact for the City and community on construction activities.

Other Job Duties:

  • Attends pre-construction meetings in order to explain inspection standards and procedures to contractors and developers.
  • Investigates citizen complaints involving health and life-safety issues; works with code compliance officer to resolves issues.
  • Able to discuss and work with Planners on permit conditions relating to grade, landscaping, pedestrian access, etc.
  • Provides reports to supervisor on construction activity and input on staffing needs, equipment and problem areas. 
  • Attends various meetings, continuing education classes, and seminars to keep current with construction code changes, materials, and practices.

Construction Inspector I:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in public works construction. 
  • Associate's degree in engineering technology preferred.
  • Any combination of education and experience that will provide the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the job.
  • For qualified applicants, a valid Washington State driver's license with a driving record free of serious or frequent violations is required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of construction standards and inspection methods and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of technical engineering principles, practices, and methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of all stages of public works construction.
  • Knowledge of current TESC (Temporary Erosion and Sedimentation Control) practices and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Knowledge of traffic control, including temporary controls, signals, and signage.
  • Knowledge of geometry and basic mathematical calculations used in public work construction.
  • Knowledge of maps, deeds, plats, and plans.
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural drawings, site plans, topography and structural drawings with actual construction.
  • Ability to interpret construction codes and engineering standards and resolve field problems offering acceptable alternative solutions.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and files.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with developers, contractors, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors, and the general public.
  • Preferred ability to identify urban design and planning issues in the field, and communicate with relevant City staff on issues and resolution.
  • Proficient with office equipment, including computers and software.
  • Ability to work for extended periods in dirty, wet, cold, and uncomfortable conditions; climb ladders to heights over 100'; enter/descend into confined spaces without assistance; lift and carry manhole lids and other features weighing ninety plus pounds; and use a full range of hand tools.
  • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and pedestrian accessibility.


City Hall NW
1775 12th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027