Construction Inspector 1

  • Full Time
  • Madison

Website City of Madison

$57,544.76 – $67,249.26 Annually

Job Number 2023-00119
General Description


The City of Madison Engineering Division is looking to hire multiple Construction Inspector 1s to work on Public Works and Private Development construction inspection!

(May 2023 Civil Engineering graduates are encouraged to apply)
This is professional construction inspection and documentation work, serving as the resident inspector on varied concurrent public works projects, assisting a Construction Inspector 2 on multi-inspector or complex, large projects or as a member of a survey crew . This work is characterized by independent initiative and judgment in the resolution of complex construction problems such as those encountered in high density, multi-use/commercial areas, and/or situations requiring the integration of a large number of public works, utilities, or disruption of services considerations. The work is performed under the general supervision of an Engineer or other supervisor. This position may act in a leadworker capacity.

Hours/Week: 40

Monday – Friday 7:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

The City of Madison is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, trans, nonbinary, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Resident Inspector on Various Public Works Projects

  • Inspection of public works construction activities to ensure compliance with plans and specifications including correct use of materials, equipment, and techniques to correct line and grade.
  • Monitor work of contractors to comply with established schedules.  Includes reconstruction, new plats, sidewalks, resurfacing, utilities, and redevelopment.
  • Install storm and sanitary sewer installation (main line, laterals, structures, grades, ditching, mandrel, and air testing).
  • Inspection of grading and restoration projects, roadway subgrade preparation including proof rolling.
  • Crushed aggregate base course installation.
  • Asphalt pavement construction including yield determination.
  • Concrete pavement construction.
  • Curb & gutter construction.
  • Sidewalk construction.
  • Inspect and test construction materials.
  • Monitor and verify traffic control is set up per approved plan (MUTCD) and working properly.
  • Monitor compliance with DNR erosion control requirements.
  • Inspect private utility installation (i.e. gas, electric, fiber optic, etc.).

Maintain Records

  • Maintain daily records of construction activities.
  • Compile and disseminate As-Built drawings of storm and sanitary sewer construction.
  • Maintain item record account.  Document, compile and disseminate data for partial and final payments to contractors and for use in preparing assessments.
  • Prepare project documents for final payment.
  • Survey public sidewalks and curb & gutter for defects to be replaced.
  • Identify locations where handicap ramps need to be modified or installed.
  • Survey public sidewalks and curb & gutter for defects to be replaced or sawcut.
  • Survey public sidewalk after a certificate of occupancy has been issued by Building Inspection.
  • Mark defective sidewalk, curb & gutter, pavement, and utilities for replacement.  Mark public sidewalk damaged by building permit holder.
  • Utilize database to verify contractors are permitted to perform work in the Right of Way.
  • Utilize database to track active vs. inactive permits.
  • Utilize Diggers Hotline software to track active one-call tickets.
  • Track permits to completion including inspection of final patch or mill and overlay.
  • Sewer plugging permits. Track from application to completion and approve for return of deposit. Inspect sewer plugging.

Directing the work of others as a lead worker

  • Assign duties.
  • Answer questions.
  • Advise assigned personnel.

Communication and Public Relations

  • Communicate with property owners regarding assigned projects, includes responding to inquiries from private citizens, business owners, city officials, utilities, and contractors.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints by the public including property owners, business owners, tenants, private utilities, and elected officials about construction activities.  Work with these individuals to resolve the issues.
  • Prepare data for presentations to the public, elected officials, and staff.
  • Work with consultants and other City agencies such as Traffic Engineering, Water Utility and Parks Department including Occupancy Permits and Traffic Control.
  • Coordinate terrace tree inspection by City Forestry to ensure trees and roots are not damaged by construction.

Survey and Support Work

  • Perform duties as a survey crew member, including operating survey instruments and equipment, and directing the work of the crew as necessary.
  • Perform office work including plan review, quantity computations, compile office and field records and data for proposed and completed projects.
  • Assist in preparing public works contracts and preparation of quantities.

Perform other contract related duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Two(2) years of progressively responsible experience in public works engineering activities, including inspection, drafting, surveying, and/or design. Such experience would normally be gained after completion of vocational school or college course work or military training in civil engineering technology, engineering design or a closely related area.


  • Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Design, or related field may be substituted for one year of required experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:
 Two (2) years of experience in applying the following:
  • Standard engineering and public works construction nomenclature and mathematics including geometry and trigonometry.
  • Practices, policies and procedures related to the inspection of a wide variety of public works projects.
  • Survey instruments and equipment and surveying principles, practices, procedures, nomenclature and symbols, including GPS.
  • Computer software applicable to the duties of the position.
  • Working knowledge of underground sewer utility installations.
Familiarity with the following:
  • Principles and practices of engineering drawing and drafting.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.
For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the class specification.


Special Requirements

Special tools and equipment required:
Survey equipment including GPS, total station and auto level; computer; computer software such as:  Microsoft Word, Excel, Access; GIS viewing system(s); CCTV Pipeline Inspection Reporting Software; progress; email, calculator, communication device, measuring wheel, measuring tape, concrete testing equipment, access structure casting lifter.
Required licenses and/or registration:
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Physical requirements:
Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions. Ability to traverse uneven terrain through wooded, hilly, underdeveloped areas, and construction sites.  Ability to lift and manage sewer access structure castings.  Ability to stand for long periods of time.  Ability to drive wood stakes in hard ground using an 8 lb. maul.


Madison, City of (WI)
215 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
MMB Rm 261
MADISON, Wisconsin, 53703
(608) 266-4615

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