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Construction Inspector- NR

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Metropolitan Council
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Central Corridor Project Office, St. Paul, Minnesota
Employment Status
$48,271.00 - $69,157.00 Annually

Further information

Recruitment Type:  Open to all candidates.  Starting salary for this position is between $48,271 - $57,631 depending on related work experience. 

Construction Inspectors for the Central Corridor Project Office inspect contractors’ work using engineering skills to determine compliance with construction specifications and plans.

The Central Corridor Light Rail Project will link five major centers of activity in the Twin Cities region - downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the Midway area, the state Capitol complex and downtown St. Paul. The length of the corridor is 11 miles of exclusive right of way between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. It will connect with the existing Hiawatha line at the Metrodome station and terminate at the Minneapolis multimodal station that will also serve the new Northstar commuter line. The Southwest Light Rail Transit line is a 15 mile high-frequency light rail train serving the rapidly growing southwest metro area.

Example Duties
  • Inspects contractors’ work for compliance to construction specifications and safety standards.
  • Reviews and interprets plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, addendums, shop drawings, change orders, and other correspondence to ensure compliance with legal requirements and safety regulations. Visually inspects construction site to ensure compliance with construction documents.
  • Prepares daily progress reports and diaries; logs construction activities and quantity reports on computer and construction journal. Takes pictures to document progress of construction projects, including identifying equipment and manpower progress and to supplement inspection records.
  • Monitors unit price quantities, pay estimate reviews, and percentage of work completed on non-unit pricing. Reviews pay requests against item record account and communicates results to Council Authorized Representative (CAR) for the construction project.
  • Attends pre-construction meetings, weekly progress meetings, safety, and special program meetings and provides information on inspection results.
  • Communicates situations that need resolution to Construction’s Council Authorized Representative (CAR) or Assistant Council Authorized Representative (ACAR). Has stop work authority in emergency situations.
  • Coordinates independent testing lab (ITL) based on contractor schedule and project needs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned



  • Associate’s degree in construction management or related field and Three (3) years of civil or structural construction inspection experience.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Previous civil or structural transportation construction inspection experience desired.
  • Previous rail inspection experience desired  
  • Equivalency:  Five (5) years of related education and experience may be substituted on a year to year basis.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of construction practices, principles, methods and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology as it relates to construction projects.
  • Ability to read plans and construction documents.
  • Ability to apply the principles of geometry, measure, add, subtract, and convert measurement units.
  • Ability to use survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, and other construction test equipment.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Ability to use a digital camera and upload pictures into the computer.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to all levels of people inside and outside the organization, including possessing good grammar, voice and diction. Skilled in writing and editing detailed reports.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to ad hoc questions from individuals and groups of customers, clients and/or employees. Skilled in dealing with conflict and respond to stressful situations in a calm, effective manner. Able to communicate with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
  • Ability to identify problems, analyze issues, and implement resolutions.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Skilled at managing multiple tasks concurrently, prioritize without direct supervision, handle critical deadlines, and maintain a high degree of accuracy.

Supplemental Information

Union/Grade:  Non-Represented/Grade 6
FLSA:  Nonexempt
Safety Sensitive:  No

Work Environment:  The work environment changes depending on the project assignment. Work may be performed in an office environment or on a construction field with exposure to outdoor weather conditions. In the field, position works near moving parts of equipment with frequent exposure to wet, humid conditions, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. There is occasional expose to fumes or airborne particles. Work may occasionally be performed in high, precarious places or in confined spaces. Local travel by car is required to visit construction sites. Position is exposed to loud noise

Physical Requirements:  Physical requirements change depending on project assignment. Position is required to stand and walk for long periods, sit occasionally, and climb or balance frequently. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, turn, twist, and bend at waist. Position is required to use hands and fingers to grasp, handle, or feel and to reach with hands and arms. Must have the strength and dexterity to operate a variety of construction testing equipment. Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds. Must be able to speak, hear, read, and write and have adequate close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, ability to adjust focus, and depth perception. Position must be able to smell.

Selection Process:  Candidates will be scored based on a review of their education and experience and how it relates to the duties, knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position. The candidates who best meet the position qualifications will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and an invitation to interview.

Candidate will be notified of their application status through email only. 

All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug-screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.


Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate’s ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation. 



Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.



Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

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