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ENGINEERING AIDE III - INSPECTION (Open Positions: 1)



Location: City of Manhattan, Manhattan, KS 66502
Department: PUBLIC WORKS
Division: ENGINEERING
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Description

ENGINEERING AIDE III - INSPECTION                       

Regular/Full-time/Non-exempt position 

DEPARTMENT:  PUBLIC WORKS   Open Until Filled

REPORTS TO:  PROJECT COORDINATOR       Starting Wage:  $20.33/hr. - $32.16/hr.

POSITION PURPOSE:

This position is a technical position in the Engineering Division that organizes, directs, supervises, and evaluates personnel in the performance of daily work and will assist with all aspects of the mission of the Division. The main focus of the position will be in assisting the Project Coordinator with performing construction inspection duties. The incumbent organizes and directs the daily inspection of public works construction projects to insure they are constructed according to the plans and specifications approved by the City and that all related data is properly recorded.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  

  1. Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision to effectively direct the daily activities of the assigned inspectors. (Daily)
  2. Knowledge of the diversity of work assignments performed by Engineering Aide – inspectors and procure necessary materials, equipment and personnel required to perform assigned tasks. (As Needed)
  3. Ability to oversee and delegate inspection work to maintain adequate construction inspection services on City engineering projects. (Daily)
  4. Demonstrate effective public relations by responding to citizen inquiries regardingconstruction projects in a timely and effective manner. (Daily) 
  5. Visual acuity to perform detailed visual inspection when necessary to determine quality of product where limits might not be clearly defined. (Daily) 
  6. Ability to work for periods of time, year round, in weather that is inherent to the Manhattan, KS area, including temperature extremes. (Daily) 
  7. Ability to lift and carry equipment that would be necessary to perform inspections and tests on projects. The equipment will generally be less than 50 pounds, with occasional tasks requiring lifting in excess of 50 pounds. (Daily) 
  8. Ability to traverse terrain that would be present in construction areas. (Daily) 
  9. Organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to participate and oversee all aspects of inspection operations. (Daily) 
  10. Ability to perform administrative functions, such as completing time sheets, and documenting expenditures. (As Needed) 
  11. Working knowledge of the materials, methods, and techniques necessary to construct City improvements. (Daily) 
  12. Knowledge of basic principles and practices of Civil Engineeringto review and identify physical conditions and significant changes that would affect construction. (Frequent Function) 
  13. Ability to perform the field work, evaluate priorities, organize and coordinate the City work efforts in conjunction with contractors, within short time frames. (Daily) 
  14. Ability to determine adherence to engineering specifications and derive the necessary field calculations from work completed; ensure that elements of construction are accurate and conform to regulations and standards. (Daily) 
  15. Knowledge and skill in the use of test equipment and assume responsibility for them. (Daily) 
  16. Perform computer computations related to construction quantities. (As Needed) 
  17. Ability to operate a vehicle legally in the State of Kansas. (Daily) 

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS & ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS

 

In a typical eight hour day:

1-33%

34-66%

67-100%

 

Occasional

Frequent

Continuous

 

Exposure

Exposure

Exposure

Extreme Environmental Conditions

 

X

 

Excessive noise/vibration

X

 

 

Fumes/Odors

X

 

 

Dust/Dirt

X

 

 

Gasses

 

 

 

Chemical agents

 

 

 

Mechanical and/or electrical hazards

X

 

 

Sharp tools/instruments

X

 

 

Hot material

 

 

 

Fire hazards

 

 

 

Cramped quarters

X

 

 

Heights

X

 

 

Lift/Carry

 

 

 

Up to 10 lbs.

X

 

 

10-20 lbs.

X

 

 

21-50 lbs.

X

 

 

51-100 lbs.

X

 

 

Over 100 lbs. (never)

Tandem

Tandem

Tandem

Pushing / Pulling

 

 

 

Up to 10 lbs.

X

 

 

10-20 lbs.

X

 

 

21-50 lbs.

X

 

 

51-100 lbs.

X

 

 

Over 100 lbs. (never)

Tandem

Tandem

Tandem

Climbing

 

 

 

Ladder

X

 

 

Steps

X

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Lower Extremities

 

 

 

Squatting

X

 

 

Crawling

X

 

 

Kneeling

X

 

 

Balancing

X

 

 

Bending at waist

X

 

 

Twisting

X

 

 

Foot Movements

 

 

 

Right

 

X

 

Left

 

X

 

Reaching

 

 

 

At shoulder level

X

 

 

Above shoulder level

X

 

 

Below shoulder level

X

 

 

Hand / Wrist Motions

 

 

 

Grasping

 

X

 

Repetitive

X

 

 

Fine Manipulating

X

 

 

Speaking Requirements

 

 

X

Hearing Requirements

 

 

X

Sight requirements

 

 

 

20 inches or less

 

 

X

20 feet or more

 

 

X

Color Vision

X

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Sitting

X

 

 

Standing

 

X

 

Driving

X

 

 

Walking

 

X

 

Uneven terrain

X

 

 

Personal Protective Equip.

 

X

 

Pursue/run

 

 

 

NATURE AND SCOPE:

The Public Works Department encompasses four Divisions – Administration, Engineering, Streets and Fleet, Water and Wastewater. 

This position is in the Engineering Division. The Engineering Division includes Design, GIS, Stormwater, Electrical, Traffic Operations, and Construction Management. 

The Engineering Aide III -Inspection reports to the Project Coordinator. 

The Engineering Aide III -Inspection has responsibility for the daily supervision of inspection personnel of construction projects. This position also is responsible for daily inspection of construction projects.  This position may be required to assist in survey of these construction projects. 

The Project Coordinator will direct and participate with this position to ensure the completion of inspection and supervisory functions.  These functions include daily supervision of inspection staff, on-site inspection of projects to keep track of and report on progress to assure compliance with plans and specifications; handle problems as they relate to the project's construction; keep project files; review plans and specifications put together by private consultants to assure compliance with City standards; maintain daily contact with contractors to assure coordination of the projects; assist in compilation of year end reports to reflect additions to the City's infrastructure; work closely with the general public to coordinate construction projects affecting them; conduct final measurements by measuring distances and elevations of the completed project and keep accurate records for the files; make accurate mathematical calculations; recognize problems and mistakes in projects and takes appropriate action; provide legible and accurate information as requested; assist survey crew activities to avoid delays to contractors and construction operations; ensure adherence to safety procedures; research and recommend technology upgrades for the inspection operations. 

Problems and challenges inherent in this position include the ability to schedule inspection staff for adequate coverage of project inspection, the ability to schedule time to be present during critical phases of construction and also allow time to facilitate the necessary interdepartmental coordination and communication; determination of the intent of plans and specifications; review project progress documentation; public relations, especially with those in or near construction areas; handling complaints; learning the extent of latitude one has in making field decisions. 

Performance for this position can be measured, in part, by the extent that completed projects conform to the plans and specifications; the extent that citizens in the project area are informed of project activities that will affect them and how concerns are taken and resolved; the extent that project costs are kept within realistic limits. Other indicators are the effective, and efficient, use of resources including inspection manpower and equipment.  This position is fully able to perform the tasks of the Engineering Aide I/II - inspection. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  1. Supervise and evaluate personnel assigned to engineering inspection, providing effective direction, motivation and training.
  2. Assure the daily completion of all phases of construction project inspection and delegate work to accomplish these tasks. 
  3. Perform daily inspection of construction projects to insure their timely completion and conformance to plans and specifications. 
  4. Provide accurate project documentation by maintaining accuracy and thoroughness of records and files. 
  5. Assure smoothness of project completion by proper coordination with contractors and other public entities. 
  6. Assure proper documentation of changes and additions to projects to allow for timely adoption of project change orders. 
  7. Assure proper payment to contractors by assisting in the review of or preparation of periodic estimates. 
  8. Demonstrate effective public relations by responding to citizen inquiries regarding construction projects in a timely and effective manner. 
  9. Maintain a professional relationship with contractors and the general public by providing quality and timely survey and inspection services. 
  10. Assist in selecting new employees and initiating personnel actions pertaining to existing employees.
  11. Assure proper maintenance and care of all equipment. 
  12. Make recommendations on disposition of questionable material or construction to supervisor. 
  13. Effectively contribute to keeping project costs within original estimates.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:

Working knowledge of the elementary principles and practices of Civil Engineering  as related to utilities and street work.  Working knowledge of the material, methods and techniques of modern construction; ability to communicate tactfully with citizens and maintain good public relations; ability to determine adherence to engineering specifications and to communicate effectively with contractors and foremen in securing compliance with specifications, plans and code requirements; knowledge of mathematics required to perform sub-professional engineering tasks; ability to understand and follow complex oral and written assignments.  Physical ability to work outside under adverse weather conditions.  Possession of a valid driver’s license. 

Ability to conduct final measurement by measuring distances and elevation of the completed project and keep accurate records for the project files; recognize problems and mistakes in projects and take appropriate action or notifies proper individuals; provide legible and accurate information as needed.   Wear safety equipment, when appropriate, and is alert to hazardous conditions. 

Ability to supervise staff, including managing operations and scheduling of personal. 

Legible handwriting.  Ability to produce neat and accurate work in sufficient quantity over a sustained period of time.  Knowledge of drafting practices and procedures.

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school or possession of a valid G.E.D., including or supplemented by courses in mathematics; or any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skill and ability. 

In addition to the education required above, 10 years of practical, progressive, related experience; or any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skill and ability. 

In addition the following certifications are required or must be received within 6th months of hire:

  1. Concrete Field Testing Technician – ACI Grade 1or equivalent
  2. Environmental Inspector Certification – KDOT or equivalent
  3. Nuclear Density Gauge Operation Certification – KDOT or equivalent
  4. Aggregate Field Tester – KDOT or Equivalent 

Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to read and comprehend written material of a fairly technical nature
  • Ability to organize files and effectively retrieve data
  • Ability to understand and operate nuclear densometer (Daily)
  • Ability to understand and operate concrete testing equipment (Daily)
  • Ability to compose business correspondence and provide written communications that are grammatically correct and punctuated properly
  • Ability to research Civil Engineering  standards and codes
  • Excellent verbal skills needed to communicate with citizens, answer questions and complaints in a highly professional and competent manner
  • Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Ability to summarize information from maps, reports, field and file investigations, and books (Daily)
  • Ability to prepare and update files and records (Daily)
  • Ability to draw neat and understandable drawings
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans in order to update complicated as-built drawing and existing maps including but not limited to streets and utilities that require updating
  • Excellent knowledge and ability to perform operations involved with Microsoft Suite such as Access, Excel, Word and ESRI’s ArcGis products
  • Basic knowledge of relational databases 

Machines/Equipment Used:

  • Personal Computer
  • Mobile Devices – (tablets, phones, etc.)
  • Nuclear Densometer
  • Concrete Field Testing Equipment
  • Various Hand Tools - (shovels, hammers, etc.) 

Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

  • Must be highly organized and able to perform in a very professional manner at all times
  • Must be able to exercise independent judgment in evaluating completeness and accuracy of technical information
  • Must be able to logically analyze situations and resolve discrepancies and correct errors
  • The position requires working in extreme weather conditions inherent to Manhattan, Kansas. The work will involve a combination of office work and field work. The office work will require sitting at a computer work station for long periods of time.
  • Field work requires working in and around potentially dangerous construction activities
  • Lifts objects weighing in excess of 30 pounds regularly 

Supervision

Works independently with daily supervision