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Construction Inspector #2305-237500-03

Date Opened
Thursday, July 06, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $52,806.00 - $66,000.00/year - Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

Charlotte Water is an enterprise department of the City of Charlotte and one of the largest public water and sewer service providers in the southeast with 300,000 customer accounts and over 1000 employees. Our service area includes the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville. Charlotte Water’s FY 23 budget is $535M and a five-year capital program of $2.5 billion.  We enjoy the highest credit ratings from all three major credit rating agencies as a result of sound financial planning and management and strong support from our City Council.  We value competent, skilled candidates with a customer service focus to work in a team environment.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


This is a technical position in Charlotte Water Installation and Development Services (IDS) department. This position inspects and monitors the work of several construction contractors performing various types of water and sewer projects.  


Work includes new construction of water mains and sanitary sewer mains along with small and large taps of existing water and sewer mains; ensures compliance with plans, specifications, contracts, and Charlotte Water standards; interprets construction plans; rejects and corrects defective work; directs required testing; and is responsible for required paperwork. This position plans, coordinates, and conducts operational, structural, and environmental inspections of critical water and wastewater infrastructure to drive condition-based maintenance decisions.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Inspects construction in the field with occasional office work as needed.  
Monitors construction to ensure compliance with plans and specifications as well as CLT Water standards.
Prepares accurate as-built drawings and sketches.
Determines the appropriate equipment to install to satisfy Charlotte Water policies.
Serves as point of contact with the contractor; interprets construction plans, specifications, standard details, and the current CLT Water Design Manual; and takes notes on activities performed by contractor. 
Identifies and rejects defective work or substandard materials; informs contractor of deficiencies in the work; and directs necessary corrective action.
Directs and witnesses required testing for the type of construction being inspected. 
Handles required paperwork, including pre-construction photos, preparation and distribution of flyers and door hangers, daily reports, erosion control forms and reports, testing forms, reports, etc.
Serves as liaison with customers and the general public regarding the construction project; responds to inquiries and complaints in a timely manner; and works to resolve conflicts to a satisfactory conclusion.
Conducts final inspection; prepares the punch list; insures that deficient items are corrected; assists in the preparation of the record drawings; and conducts warranty inspections.  
Operates a surveying level, checks elevations and computer grades, and measures quantities and materials in the field to verify the contractor’s monthly pay requests.
Ensures that state and local ordinances requirements regarding installation and materials are met.
May provide support for related budgets.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of technical writing skills.
Knowledge of zoning requirements.
Skill in working with Microsoft Office products, such as Excel and Word.
Ability to use project scheduling software.
Ability to obtain City driving permit.
Ability to read and interpret engineering plans.

The work is light work and requires applying 10 pounds of force frequently exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: climbing, manual dexterity, perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, discriminating among sounds mental acuity, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity in expressing ideas by spoken word and shouting to be heard above ambient noise, and walking.

Work is performed in an environment with heavy equipment and machinery that could result in bodily harm to co-workers or others.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Graduation or Equivalent 
Three (3) years of relevant work experience


Associate degree in engineering or a related field.
One (1) year of related constructions work experience.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: 
Requires valid driver’s license.

Desires certifications in:  first aid; traffic safety; contractor safety; confined space; trenching and excavation.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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