Construction Inspector

Chesterfield, MO, United States

SUMMARY Responsible for the safe and efficient management, execution, and quality assurance of Transportation Construction projects up to $100K in fee. Evaluates structural, material, design, and project related conditions to advise our client on the recommended course of action to successfully complete projects. All assignments require the use of independent judgment, and this individual is considered a subject matter expert in the functional areas of their projects. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Understands and interprets local, state, and/or federal Standard Specifications and Procedures. Answers questions from the contractor and exercises independent judgment when making decisions to apply standards or modify construction plans to actual field conditions. Mediates disputes that arise from the interpretation or enforcement of standards. Utilizes subject matter expertise to identify the root cause of construction defects caused by design flaws, material installation, or site conditions. Proactively advises client and contractor on a recommended course of action(s) to resolve construction concerns. Provides counsel to the client and key stakeholders regarding new approaches and to address problems, materials and methods that could contribute to a better project outcome, speed up the construction schedule, mitigate potential future risk, contribute to a safer jobsite, or save money. Acts as a business partner building and fostering ongoing relationships with clients. Leads meetings with the client and contractor to make recommendations and resolve challenges related to the project schedule, plan changes, and additional costs. Mediates project related matters with the contractor on behalf of the client. Responsible for the financial stewardship of the client by interpreting quality control checks, assisting in the development of the pay estimate, quantifying pay items on projects and settling accounting disputes with the contractor on behalf of our client. Can use independent discretion to withhold payment from the contractor on work that does not conform to specs. Observes and documents the contractor’s work to ensure it is being completed in conformance with the plans and specifications, contract documents, and applicable local, state, and/or federal regulatory requirements. Performs quality assurance checks and advises contractor of the recommended course of action when work or materials are not in compliance with requirements. Analyzes and resolves work problems, including client, contractor, or public complaints and grievances. Develops a “Lessons Learned” summary to educate designers about errors, omissions or constructability problems discovered during the project. Applies advanced engineering knowledge of the mechanical and physical properties of structures or materials and the engineering behavior of soils, water and foundations to provide guidance for quality assurance methods, procedures, standards, and technical training related to site design and construction. Plans, coordinates and supervises the work of subconsultants to enforce the project scope and approve invoices for payment. Coordinates and attends progress meetings with the client, staff and other key stakeholders. Quickly reacts to complex situations with the client or projects as they arise. Makes on the spot decisions using independent discretion and judgment. Performs material yield checks, verifies tolerances, and elemental thicknesses, measures and quantifies pay item quantities for payment. Performs basic construction layout work (including bench circuits and providing line and grade for various construction elements). Additionally, be proficient in the use of computers and word processing software (Word, Excel, etc.). Maintains neat and accurate project documentation (field book notes and measurements, field reports, project binders, etc.) for small projects. Performs other duties as assigned. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 3+ years of related Construction observation experience working with moderately complex construction plans is preferred. AASHTOWare Project or similar electronic construction administration software experience preferred. Familiarity with documentation requirements and inspection procedures is preferred. Excellent time management, communication, and technical skills are required. Must have received training with equipment commonly used in the generation of engineering-related tests and analysis. Must possess knowledge of MS Office suite Requires regular travel to and from remote worksites