Engineering Inspector - Lead

Northshore Utility District | Kenmore, WA

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Posted Date 3/02/2020

Lead Inspector is responsible for providing technical and procedural direction to inspection staff (District and Contract). Guides and assists with initial and ongoing training. Acts as point of contact for general inquiries and makes recommendations for improvements that enhances consistency of inspection process(es).
Provides review, oversight and input of water and sewer facility construction related to capital improvements, developer extensions and private service extensions.

Salary: $73,344.00 - $98,292.00 (Yearly Salary)

Additional responsibilities consist of ensuring thorough and accurate documentation is maintained, examples include logging work activities, billable time, redline drawings, as-builts and mapping revisions etc. Establishes clear understanding and effectively communicates uniform levels of acceptance among inspection staff. Ensures water and sewer construction complies with District standards, specifications, permitting, contracts, Best Management Practice (BMP’s), codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

Effectively communicates appropriately with District personnel, customers, contractors, regulatory agencies, and the general public. Actively participates in pre-construction and design meetings. Anticipates and appropriately resolves complex and sensitive issues within an assigned area of responsibility as determined by the Engineering Supervisor or the Engineering Director.


  • Provides technical and procedural direction to District and contract inspectors on all aspects of inspection of sewer and water systems, as needed.
  • Provides feedback to Construction Inspector(s) and Senior Construction Inspector(s) related to the performance of inspection related processes.
  • Participates in the initial and ongoing training of the Construction Inspectors, Senior Construction Inspectors and Contract Inspectors.
  • Develops and presents inspection related training and makes recommendations for changes as needed to improve the effectiveness and consistency of the inspection processes.
  • Acts as the main point of contact for general inquiries regarding the inspection process.
  • Coordinates with other utilities and regulatory agencies regarding permit requirements.
  • Tracks quantities, thoroughly reviews and recommends pay requests for capital projects.
  • Performs construction inspection, observation and approval of water and sewer utility construction to ensure compliance with standard details, specifications, permitting requirements, applicable codes and regulations.
  • Prepares and maintains daily inspection records.
  • Prepares punch list and ensures all items are corrected.
  • Recommends approval and acceptance of projects when all construction is completed.
  • Closely coordinates and communicates with the Operations Department.
  • Prepares construction record drawings.
  • Works with IT-GIS Specialist to update District mapping records.
  • Assists with the preparation of design documents by reviewing design plans, attending design review meetings, field-checking basemap information and video-documenting existing field conditions prior to construction.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Understanding of the District’s operations as a water and sewer utility.
  • Knowledgeable about water distribution and wastewater collection system construction practices.
  • Proficient in reading and interpreting civil engineering drawings.
  • Proficient in creating detailed and orderly construction record drawings and reports.
  • Proficient in understanding general survey information.
  • Working knowledge of mathematics and organization skills as related to project work.
  • Reasonable understanding of land-use regulations and the development process.
  • Understanding of legal concepts about land rights such as easements.
  • Reasonable understanding of legal descriptions and public record recordings.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Ability to provide technical and procedural direction to others in a professional manner.
  • Ability to openly give and receive instruction and feedback from others.
  • Communication (oral and interpersonal) skills as applied to interaction with project engineers, co-workers, customers, contractors, outside agencies, Supervisors, and the general public. An incumbent in this position must be able to deal tactfully, courteously, and effectively with a variety of people in person, on the phone and via e-mail.
  • Flexibility in accepting assignments.


  • A two-year college degree in Civil Engineering Technology, or a similar approved degree, with major course work in math, surveying and/or engineering.
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, other commercial software, voicemail system, etc.
  • Eight years of underground utility construction or inspection experience.

Licensing Requirements:

Possess or the ability to obtain the following within the first 12 months of employment:

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Industrial First Aid Card
  • Flagger Card
  • Asbestos Cement Pipe Certificate
  • Wastewater Collections Specialist I OIT Certificate (Operator-In-Training)
  • Water Distribution Manager I OIT Certificate (Operator-In-Training)
  • Cross Connection Control Specialist Certificate
  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Certificate (CESCL)

Other Requirements:

Reliable and regular attendance, and the ability to work harmoniously with other employees.


Most work is performed outdoors (construction sites) with some indoors office environment. May need to climb water towers or enter underground vaults. Driving will be required. Nights and odd hours in response to emergencies may be required. This position typically requires: walking/climbing at construction sites, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally to move objects.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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