Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under general supervision (Field Engineering Inspector I), or direction (Field Engineering Inspector II), inspects construction of all types of public works projects (both public and private funded improvements), including, but not limited to, grading, street improvements, storm drains, underground utility systems and irrigation systems.


Field Engineering Inspector I – This is the entry level class in the Field Engineering Inspector series. Positions in the class perform more routine inspections as incumbents develop inspection techniques, procedures, and record keeping practices. This level is not expected to function with the same amount of work knowledge, skill level, or discretion and judgment as positions allocated to the Field Engineering Inspector II level. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning work methods, progressing to general supervision as job duties and responsibilities are learned and satisfactorily demonstrated. Incumbents initially appointed to Field Engineering Inspector I level may progress to Field Engineering Inspector II after successfully completing one year (12 months) as a Field Engineering Inspector I with the City of Escondido, and achieving the qualifications and department requirements established for progression.

Field Engineering Inspector II – This is the journey level class in the Field Engineering Inspector series. Incumbents at this level must demonstrate the ability to independently perform advanced field engineering inspections. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and the Field Engineering Inspector II level is normally filled by advancement from the Field Engineering Inspector I level. One year of experience comparable to a Field Engineering Inspector I with the City of Escondido is required, or three years of experience performing inspections of major municipal public works projects.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Reviews plans, specifications and sites for construction projects.
  • Inspects the construction of surface street improvements (i.e., paving, curb and gutter, sidewalk, etc.), bridges, storm drains and boxes, underground utility systems including lift stations, reservoirs, pressure stations, force mains, parks, grading and private street systems, street lights and traffic signals.
  • Inspects pipe laying for alignment, grade, jointing, fittings and materials.
  • Inspects subgrade and base grade for compaction, alignment, grades and materials.
  • Reviews detour plans, haul routes and erosion control plans.
  • Inspects grading, fine grading and irrigation systems.
  • Inspect, monitor and investigate activities related to compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the City of Escondido Stormwater Program, and ensure compliance with regulations relative to stormwater runoff from construction sites.
  • Enforces ordinances pertaining to permits, dust control, erosion control, grading and public improvements.
  • Maintains logs, records, record drawing (as-builts).
  • Prepares and checks progress payments, reduction and releases of securities, Notices of Completion and minor engineering reports.
  • Checks required State and Federal records pertaining to wages and minority goals.
  • Keeps miscellaneous records and prepares reports as needed.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the Construction Projects Manager/Field Engineering Supervisor and others for the solution of special construction issues and site conditions.
  • Schedules and makes arrangements for construction survey, soil and material testing, and other services or materials; conducts a variety of tests on new facilities.
  • Schedules and coordinates shutdowns of City facilities affected by connections of new facilities; ensures all facets of shutdown and connections comply with City Standards and Specifications and approved plans.
  • Coordinates construction and inspection services in cooperation with contractors and other agencies; communicates and confers with representatives of utility companies, contractors, public agencies and the general public; answers citizen complaints and requests for information.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Provides vacation and temporary relief as necessary.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Construction methods, material practices, specifications and equipment.
  • Basic survey practices.
  • Field engineering practices and basic design standards for construction projects.
  • Relevant local ordinances, regulations and standards.
  • Safe working practices and regulations pertaining to work.
  • Methods and techniques of material testing.
  • Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and applicable software applications; digital camera for record management.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.

Ability to:

  • Inspect routine and difficult projects for compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Accurately read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Keep accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Make accurate mathematical calculations including volumes and material quantities as well as grade control.
  • Operate and use modern office equipment.
  • Work independently and efficiently to meet project requirements and carry out assignments.
  • Work safely insuring public safety in emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural diversity of the community, observing the principles and practices of customer service.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with coworkers, engineers,
  • developers, contractors, agency officials, and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Deal tactfully, sensitively and effectively with all members of the public, often in stressful situations.
  • Exercise independent judgment within standards and specifications.
  • Perform moderate physical labor in connection with making inspections of improvements, insuring public safety, and emergency situations.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Field Engineering Inspector I

Education/Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by college courses in math, science, engineering, or construction technology.

Experience: Two years of public works construction experience in a municipality or subprofessional engineering experience. Experience in engineering construction methods and materials used is highly desirable.

License or Certificate - Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license at time of application. Subject to 24-hour emergency callback and may require working overtime, varying day and night hours, weekends and holidays.

Field Engineering Inspector II

Education/Training: Education equivalent to completion of two years of college in an engineering curriculum or engineering technological curriculum in a trade school.

Experience: One year of experience as a Field Engineering Inspector I with the City of Escondido, or three years of responsible experience performing inspections of major public works projects. Additional qualifying experience in the construction inspection field may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experience in engineering construction methods and materials used is highly desirable.

License or Certificate - Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license at time of application. Subject to 24-hour emergency callback and may require working overtime, varying day and night hours, weekends and holidays.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: FREQUENT exposure to extreme heat and humidity working outdoors and indoors in manufacturing facilities. OCCASIONAL exposure to temperature swings from air conditioning to outdoor temperatures, exposure to extreme noise in manufacturing environment, fumes and odors of process venting, dust from manufacturing. INFREQUENT exposure to mechanical hazards in operating vehicles, radiation hazards possibly resulting from manufacturing processes or facilities. Work schedule is 80 hour biweekly pay periods, with unscheduled breaks. Overtime may occasionally be required to accommodate schedules. Work environment is informal, both team and autonomy oriented, having both routine and variable tasks, with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in the office and in the field at manufacturing facilities, commercial and industrial establishments.

Physical: FREQUENT walking, standing, sitting, fine-finger dexterity to manipulate computer, operate and calibrate equipment. OCCASIONAL bending and stooping, squatting, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck; lifting objects weighing up to 10 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 200 yards; lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from below waist to waist level and transporting distances up to 200 yards with or without assistance; grasp and grip to lift and carry equipment; hand and arm strength and foot dexterity to operate automobile or light pickup. INFREQUENT crawling, climbing, reaching at and above shoulder height, kneeling, balancing above ground; lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from chest level to above shoulders, with or without assistance.

Communication: VISION (may be correctable) to observe manufacturing processes and observe situations in performance of inspections. HEARING of warning signals in unfamiliar surroundings at industrial and commercial establishments. SPEAKING to communicate with industrial and commercial users. WRITING to complete log books, records and reports. READING of regulations, manuals, and reports.

Date: August 2006
Revised by MH/Department