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Engineer Inspector


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Engineering Inspector 

Reports to: Senior Engineer

Department: Public Works

Division: Design, Environment & Construction

Location: 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30031

Work Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday.   Must be available for an emergency call-in on weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Salary: $50, 482.00-$63,045.00 DOQ


Please Note: Applicants must currently be Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level IB certified.

Purpose of Work:

The Engineering Inspector is responsible for various on-site engineering inspections involving all types of property development and public right-of-way construction associated with soil erosion and sedimentation control, street right-of-way construction/improvement permits, and stormwater management systems. These inspections have the primary purpose of ensuring that development and construction work meets the City's environmental and right-of-way codes and ordinances standards.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Performs administrative activities involving completing daily inspection reports, permitting and complaint tracking logs, scheduling position-related inspections, and general correspondence and filing. 
  • Performs the following duties regularly: soil erosion and sediment control inspections for all types of land-disturbing activities involving new and redevelopment projects; construction and final inspections associated with Right-of-Way construction/improvement permits issued to citizens, contractors, developers, and public utility companies; inspections for site development projects for single-family detention systems and multi-family, institutional, commercial and governmental development stormwater infrastructure permitted by the Engineering Division.  
  • Documents inspections through photographs, written inspection logs, and written correspondence to permittees. 
  • Receives investigates, handles complaints from citizens and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission officials regarding soil erosion problems, develops recommended solutions, and completes all complaint correspondence and tracking logs. 
  • Performs inspections independently and in conjunction with engineering staff. 
  • Receives and interprets permitted civil drawings, erosion, sedimentation control plans, and related information necessary for code compliance determinations associated with inspection activities. 
  • Enforces compliance with City codes and ordinances related to erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, floodplain development and management, stream buffer protection, and right-of-way construction.
  • Issues and explains code violations to contractors, developers, and citizens and ensures that corrective action is taken
  • Follows all established safety rules and departmental policies and procedures and carries out oral and written instructions with minimal supervision.  
  • Takes initiative to accomplish tasks and identifies opportunities for improvement to decrease turnaround times and streamline work processes.   
  • Provides responsive and timely feedback on the status and progress of work assignments to supervisors and coworkers.  
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


Competencies and Skills:

  • Knowledge of construction techniques and contracting procedures. 
  • Ability to understand and implement applicable City codes and ordinances. 
  • Ability to understand and interpret design drawings, construction specifications, and contract documents. 
  • Ability to review and interpret site development plans in the field for construction projects and determine compliance with City ordinances. 
  • Computer experience (MS Office programs). 
  • Ability to work independently. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, residents, the general public, and other City Departments and personnel.
  • Ability to drive and operate any assigned vehicle safely and efficiently. 
  • Ability to work at various construction worksites and in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level IB certified required.
  • Thorough experience in engineering and construction work; experience within a government engineering inspection program preferred.
  • Possession of a valid State of Georgia Class C driver's license with a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR).
  • Must stand, sit, walk, bend, squat, twist, crawl, climb, grasp, carry and operate office and field equipment and supplies regularly.




The City of Decatur is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.


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