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Inspector - Wastewater Engineering/Construction

9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA Req #19
Friday, January 10, 2020

One Water. One Team.

When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community. “One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s a way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. We are racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.

Won't you join us? We are looking for Temporary Inspector, responsible for the execution of contractor construction services for major and smaller projects required for the improvement and expansion of the Great Lakes Water Authority. You will assist the Construction Engineering Team in performing the daily inspections services of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects in an efficient and effective way. 

This is a temporary position that could possibly lead to permanent employment.

Responsibilities (not all-inclusive)

  • You will review and interpret plans, blueprints, sketches and specifications, and provide detailed information of factors or issues that may affect construction projects.
  • You will maintain quality control standards by assuring inspection and field or laboratory testing of all construction materials, supplies and equipment used on construction projects.
  • You will prepare daily and weekly activity logs, reports and specialized reports required for construction accounting and historical reporting.
  • In this role, you will advise and assist the engineer in refining requests, securing corrections to defective work, errors and omissions in the design to avoid a non-compliance report.
  • As the Inspector, you will attend construction meetings. Monitor work schedules to determine progress and prepare estimates for contract payments. Ensure safety regulations are carried out on construction sites.
  • You will wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Coordinate training classes and equipment commissioning scheduled by contractor and compile, maintain and store records, drawings and plans related to assigned construction projects.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Water distribution and wastewater collection processes, equipment and systems
  • Principles and practices of engineering and construction management
  • Safety regulations such as OSHA, MIOSHA, and other applicable local and state codes, rules and policies
  • Construction specifications, standards and materials testing requirements
  • Basic Geographic Information Systems

Skill to:

  • Conduct precise observations
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports
  • Use survey instruments, tools and other equipment
  • Use advanced technology

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret contract drawings/specification and schematics
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Ability to work irregular hours, commute to GLWA facilities and work sites
  • Provide training and evaluation as a subject matter expert on technical topics
  • Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate frequently with team members and other units across the Organization about process, equipment or potential problems
  • Develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software
  • Direct team activities or to work as a team member

Required Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Two (2) years of construction management experience in relation to a water treatment facility and distribution system
  • A valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain. May be required to provide own vehicle for transportation on a reimbursed mileage basis
  •  Follow security and safety policies and procedures in carrying out work duties. Provide on the job training.
  • EPA Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Certification
  • EPA Lead Abatement Certification
  • MIOSHA Confined Space Certification
  • MDEQ Soil Erosion & Soil Control Certification

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Environmental Working Requirements:

Work performed at the plants or in a field environment. This position requires the ability to work in all conditions involving exposure to outside elements and seasonal weather. Work may be performed near open water, dusty areas, and systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, heat producing and potentially explosive. Work may be performed in confined spaces, hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE), and under slippery and wet conditions.

We are all strategic partners on the path to becoming a Utility of the Future, and GLWA prioritizes the selection of highly hardworking, well-qualified individuals to help us get there. 

We offer competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your proven hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and meaningful work experience will all be evaluated.


We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Other details

  • Job Family Inspector
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
  • 9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA