San Jose

Associate Construction Inspector - Department of Transportation

South Bay
2/28/2018 at 11:30pm
$69,451.20-$84,406.40 Annually


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113


DOT is currently recruiting to fill full-time Associate Construction Inspector (ACI) positions in the Street Pavement Maintenance, Trees and Sidewalks, and Landscape sections.

ACI key responsibilities:

STREET PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE: The ACI in this section typically oversees pavement and concrete work by ensuring quality workmanship and contractor compliance with City Standard Specifications. The ACI will also perform significant project scoping and quantification work for project preparation under the supervision of a Senior Construction Inspector (SCI).

TREES AND SIDEWALKS: The ACI in this section is responsible for assessing tree, sidewalk, park-strip, driveway, and curb/gutter conditions and ensuring that any required repair work is performed and completed per industry and City Specifications.

LANDSCAPE: The ACI in this section is responsible for ensuring that landscape maintenance and removal and replacement of any required repair work is performed and completed per industry standards and City Specifications.

All ACIs support the development and review of maintenance specifications as well as other programs in DOT. In addition, all ACIs are responsible for clear documentation in daily logs, daily reports, and other forms that support accurate records of work performed. ACIs may provide lead direction to entry level Engineering Technicians and other assigned personnel.

More information on the typical duties can be found in the Class Specifications for Associate Construction Inspector.

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate)

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering work, including two (2) years at a level equivalent to an Engineering Technician II in the City of San José

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Completion of an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology or closely related field from an accredited junior college or two (2) years of college engineering courses (60 semestral/90 quarter units) may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience

LICENCES/CERTIFICATES: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills, and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

JOB EXPERTISE: Knowledge of principles, techniques, and terminology related to pavement, concrete, landscape maintenance, tree maintenance and/or capital improvement construction; knowledge of principles, techniques, and terminology related to construction materials sampling and testing; ability to administer maintenance contracts and programs, including experience in the pay letter and invoice processing; knowledge of basic mathematics including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts; ability to deliver clear, well-organized information verbally and in written form to a variety of audiences including residents, contractors, and all levels of City staff

COMPUTER SKILLS: Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel; ability to learn new applications as changing technology and procedures require

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience

CONSTRUCTIVE ENERGIES: A demonstration of energy and drive that comes from within, and a willingness to approach all aspects of work with a generally positive attitude; possessing the inclination to take appropriate action rather than waiting to be told what to do; examples of Constructive Energies include but are not limited to: enthusiasm, honesty, integrity, empathy, dedication, reliable, proactive, respectful, confidence, ethical, and a willingness to help others

FLEXIBILITY: Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment

PROBLEM SOLVING: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job-Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which will include a practical computer exercise.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.


  • Please describe your education and experience that supports your meeting the requirements for Associate Construction Inspector. In your response, please include the name of employer and/or school attended, duration of employment and/or number of units, full time or part time, job-related projects completed and/or classes taken, and detailed job duties.


  • Please indicate if you have relevant job experience in any of the following (select all that apply).

a. tree and landscape maintenance
b. landscape and irrigation construction
c. concrete and pavement services
d. street improvement projects


  • Describe your experience for each relevant topic selected above including any inspection related experience and number of years.


  • Describe your experience reading and interpreting plans and specifications, including the number of years.
  • Provide an example of a complex problem you had to solve on the job. Describe the situation, the options you considered, and why you chose your course of action.
  • Describe your experience dealing with the public on a job site.


Submission of a resume is optional. However, submission of a resume in lieu of completing the education and work experience sections on the application or failing to answer all the questions will constitute an incomplete application and it will be withheld from further consideration.

RESOURCES: If you need assistance with the online application system, please contact Human Resources (either by phone or in person). If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, there are computers for your use in the lobby of Human Resources.

City of San José - Human Resources
200 East Santa Clara Street
4th Floor, Tower
San Jose, CA 95113
Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(408) 535-1285

If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Nate Nakagawa at