Public Works Construction Inspector
City of Sunnyvale, CA
 Sunnyvale, CA


Public Works Construction Inspector

Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity.

This recruitment may also be used to fill a Term Limited Full-Time position.

The City of Sunnyvale is actively seeking a highly energetic, skilled, and motivated individual to join a well-established municipality as a Public Works Construction Inspector. The individual will perform quality assurance inspections on typical City capital construction projects. These projects include but are not limited to roadway rehabilitation, water, storm and sewer lines replacement, water stations and plants, wastewater and solid waste processing, parks, traffic systems and building upgrades and rehabilitation.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for excellence, a commitment to serving the community and have outstanding interpersonal skills. Other skills the City is looking for include strong leadership; ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships; and the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders.

For a complete description of the Public Works Construction Inspector classification, click here: Job description

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Conducts on-site inspections at all phases of construction to comply with approved plans and specifications and City standards and safety standards, and that proper materials are being used and installed correctly.
  • Maintains records and working files, and prepares oral and written reports of work performed.
  • Monitors progress of construction work, contracts and schedules.
  • Takes samples of materials for examination or analysis by laboratories.
  • Performs routine materials and field tests to ensure material/workmanship quality.
  • Conducts safety inspections and reviews established traffic control procedures for compliance within construction zones.
  • Prepares cost estimates, when required.
  • Documents constructed quantities and reviews contractors' requests for progress payments.
  • Assists the construction engineer in closing out construction projects.
  • Assists and follows up on warranty request work.
  • Performs constructability reviews of plans and specifications.
  • Assists in analyses of selected contractor claims, when required.


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position also requires near and far vision when performing tasks such as field inspections, in reading written reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag, carry and push equipment, tools and supplies up to 50 pounds is also required. Additionally, when performing field inspections, the incumbent may be exposed to biohazards and work in a variety of working conditions, including mechanical and electrical hazards, loud noise, and inclement weather conditions, such as wet, heat and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and steep slopes, and walk around construction worksites. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Graduation from High School or the tested equivalent; AND

Four years of broad and varied experience in construction and inspection activities.

Knowledge of:

  • Construction methods, standards and inspection techniques for a wide variety of public works projects.
  • Contract administration practices, such as documentation, construction scheduling, reviewing force account work, processing of contract change orders, requests for information, and progress payments.
  • Construction scheduling methods.
  • Engineering testing practices.
  • Traffic control and safety standards.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.

Ability to:

  • Analyze and interpret complex construction plans, specifications, and blueprints.
  • Maintain accurate and orderly records.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local rules, regulations and standards.
  • Efficiently organize daily inspections.
  • Create professional business correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other documentation.
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with contractors while enforcing construction and safety standards.
  • Operate a computer using word processing and business software and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:

Travel to various sites within the City to conduct inspections.

Work flexible hours on weekends or evenings as needed.


Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.


  • An Associate's degree or higher with major coursework in engineering, mathematics.
  • Experience with a public agency.
  • Experience and /or certifications with sampling and testing of concrete, asphalt, soils and construction material.
  • Experience and/or certifications with signal systems construction.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources.The final closing date is 5:00 pm, Monday, December 2, 2019 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at by clicking on 'CITY JOBS', or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination and a written exercise scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2019. If invited to the oral examination you will be asked to provide a current (dated within 30 days) original DMV printout.The final selection interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of January 6, 2020. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).


Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hiring. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.


Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).


Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.