Construction Inspector 4

Oregon Department of Transportation   Ontario, OR   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on January 27, 2024
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The role: 

Do you have engineering or surveying experience? Have you performed highway construction project inspection work? Then this might be the position for you! Join our team in Ontario as a construction inspector 4, where you will perform routine field construction inspection and office work for various transportation construction projects. Apply today to assure that construction projects are built per specifications with good engineering practices ensuring the safety of the traveling public.

Our first application screening is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

The majority of the work performed by the person in this position will be performed in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Region.

  • If you are a current Malheur County resident, you will receive 5% preference for this recruitment unless you opt out of receiving the preference.

  • A resident applicant who received preference and accepted the position must maintain residency in Malheur County for at least five consecutive years following the hire date.

  • Failure to maintain residency in Malheur County is considered a voluntary termination of employment from the position.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website. 

A day in the life:

  • Read and interpret contract documents for major and minor construction projects.

  • Prepare field inspection reports, daily progress reports, inspector’s estimates and more.

  • Monitor project safety procedures and methods.

  • Review contractor’s Pollution Control Plan and Erosion Control Plan to make sure they meet environmental requirements.

  • Review and monitor contractor’s schedules and compliance and perform field interviews as needed.

  • Spot-check and inspect survey stakes and/or grades, location and alignment prior to construction materials placement.

  • Perform detailed surveys and survey calculations using manual and electronic survey equipment, computers and software.

  • Direct field and construction surveying activities on a crew.

  • Process, analyze and correct the gathered survey data into a 3D digital terrain model (DTM) in preparation for use by the engineering designer.

  • Document construction materials, verify proper payments to contractors and assemble project records for final acceptance.

  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions over half of the time with long/flexible hours required. Work involves lifting and carrying equipment of up to 50 pounds, stooping, bending, climbing ladders and working on construction sites.

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.

  • Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.

  • Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

  • Live, work and play in beautiful Eastern Oregon!

Minimum qualifications:

Four years of para-professional engineering or surveying experience. One year of this experience must have been working independently or as a senior member of a team or work group;


An associate's degree in engineering technology or surveying from a recognized community college or technical school of engineering AND two and one-half years of engineering or surveying experience. One year of this experience must have been working independently or as a senior member of a team or work group;


A bachelor's degree in civil engineering, surveying, or transportation-related engineering AND one year civil engineering or surveying experience;


An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It's how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

  • Proven ability to read and understand contract documents, plans and specifications.

  • Proven ability to coach and mentor lower-level employees.

  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects with conflicting deadlines.

  • Proven ability to communicate and collaborate efficiently with engineers, agency staff, contractors and technicians.

  • Experience inspecting highway construction projects.