This is technical work, at the full performance level, performing inspections and testing of construction materials or the civil, electrical, or mechanical phases of public works projects to ensure that work performed by contractors is in compliance with established standard codes, contracts, plans, and specifications. Reviewing and interpreting construction plans, specifications, contract, and permit requirements, and stopping work projects when violations are discovered are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the direction of a technical superior.ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
Inspects a variety of complex construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and alteration projects in process and upon completion to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications, and contract requirements; ensures that contractors have the required permits to do the construction work; ensures that other safety measures are taken to protect workers and the general public; observes property conditions for existing defects prior to construction; notes defects; conducts site testing of construction materials; enforces compliance to contract requirements, plans, and specifications; notifies contractors and superiors when violations are discovered; halts work if site corrections cannot be made; discusses violations with contractor; re-inspects areas where violations were noted to determine if corrective action has been taken.
Attends job meetings with contractors, engineers, architects, and related parties before a project begins to interpret contract requirements, plans, and specifications, and again at specified times during the project to determine solutions to problems which have occurred; discusses and makes recommendations in regard to scheduling and procedural matters; describes special features or requirements to the contractor.
Prepares daily, weekly and monthly reports regarding inspectional activities; prepares charts and graphs showing progress of the projects and any structural problems encountered; prepares sketches showing existing field conditions and maintains records of material quantities used; checks packing and delivery slips, determines if materials used conforms to contract requirements; computes quantities to ascertain whether they meet specification requirements.
May prepare change orders and sign orders for payment to the contractor; prepares contractors' efficiency ratings.
May supervise the work of a small number of trades or inspectional personnel on specific phases of small projects.
Performs related work as required.
Inspects brick work, masonry work, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, paving, grading, concrete work, wall and column footings, foundations, walls, floors, excavations and other specialized phases of construction projects for adherence to plans and specifications; may check plumbing, heating and ventilating equipment for proper installation; checks forms and reinforcing steel before pouring concrete; checks grade of trenches to ensure proper fall.ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY
Inspects and tests the installation and correction of a variety of wiring cables, switch gears, transformers, metering devices, circuits, panels, relays, reactors, oil circuit breakers, insulators, switch activating equipment, lighting, receptacles, fan motors, and power substations; inspects conduits, duct banks, mounting and clearance for electrical components and brick work, concrete work, carpentry, grading, and structures which serve to support or protect electrical components; inspects grading and compaction of materials supporting electrical equipment or systems.MECHANICAL SPECIALTY
Inspects and tests component parts of mechanical equipment such as high pressure water pumps and motors; inspects and tests a variety of valves, such as check and butterfly, automatic and manual gates, water main valve chamber and appurtenances, sludge pumps and collectors, conveyer systems, fans, incinerators, grit and screen ejectors, compressors, conveyor equipment and high speed overhead electric cranes and pneumatic and electronic control panels; reviews contractor's proposed sequence of installation; inspects and tests plumbing, HVAC and refrigeration systems.MATERIALS TESTING SPECIALTY
Performs laboratory and field tests on materials and inspections of manufacturing, fabricating and quality control processes at manufacturing plants; informs manufacturer when materials fail to meet required specification; prepares reports detailing findings and recommendations; reviews materials specifications, uses Standards of the American Society for Testing Materials and the American Water Works Association to determine appropriate techniques and equipment; prepares reports on test specimens including physical descriptions, test results and recommendations concerning materials.
Completion of the twelfth school grade.AND
Two years of experience at the full-performance level in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, carpentry or other comparably technical building construction work.AND
One year of experience in the area of specialization performing technical field inspections of public works construction projects or testing of construction materials to assure contractors' adherence to contract requirements, plans and specifications.OR
CIVIL AND MATERIALS TESTING SPECIALTIESOR
Completion of two years of study at an accredited college or university with major course work in civil, mechanical, metallurgical or materials engineering, or architectural design; or completion of a two year program at a technical institute with major course work in building construction technology, or civil engineering technology.ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY
Completion of two years of study at an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering; or completion of a two-year program at a technical institute with major course work in electrical engineering technology.MECHANICAL SPECIALTY
Completion of two years of study at an accredited college or university with major course work in mechanical engineering; or completion of a two-year program at a technical institute with major course work in mechanical engineering technology.AND
One year of experience in the area of specialization performing technical field inspections of public works construction projects or testing of construction materials to assure contractors' adherence to contract requirements, plans and specifications.
Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to, and during tenure of employment as a Construction Projects Technician II if required by the work assignments.