Right-of-Way Inspector
Pontiac, MI Public Works, Dept.
Job Type


Right-of-Way Inspector

FLSA: Full-time, Hourly

Summary:  Responsible for reviewing construction plans, permits, and applications for work within the street right-of-way in the City of Pontiac by utility companies, contractors, homeowners, and private developers; to inspect such as projects during construction; to have considerable latitude in planning and organizing assigned work and to perform related work as required. 


Supervision Received: Works under the supervision of the DPW Director or other designated official.

Supervision Given: No supervisory responsibilities.

Job Environment

· The environment for this position is outdoors in various weather conditions with minimal time at City Hall.

· Operates PC-based computer system and other office equipment.

· Errors could result in the damage to or loss of information resulting in legal consequences to the City.

· The noise level is usually high, with noises from traffic, vehicles, pedestrians, and other public commotions.

Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position:

· Gather information, record and summarize data, and inform supervisor of any unusual findings.

· Assist in the preparation of special records and reports.

· Review and approve street opening permits and applications for new construction by public utilities.

· Review plans for construction within right-of-way to insure conformity to City of Pontiac standards and specifications.

· Inspect construction projects within the right-of-way by public utilities companies, contractors, homeowners, and private developers.

· Advise contractors, homeowners, private developers, and public utilities of pertinent codes, regulations, ordinances, standards, fees, and specifications within the right-of-way.

· Take samples of materials.

· Maintain accurate records within the right-of-way.

· Monitor electrical and other contractors as needed.

· Perform MISS DIG related activities as needed.

· Serve as back-up for DPW Assistants during temporary absences.


  Typical Assignments 

· Organize, file and record documents / items as assigned.

· Prepare correspondence and reports.

· Work with utility companies, homeowners, private developers.

· 80% of time out of office work in field within City limits.

· Report findings and recommendations to DPW Director.

Minimal Qualifications

· Associate degree or a minimum of five (5) years of experience working in a related field.

· An incumbent in this position must possess and maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skill:

· Considerable knowledge of construction, inspection, engineering practices, and procedures.

· Familiarity with the organizational structure and operations of the City. 

· Some knowledge of employee policies and procedures.

· Knowledge of general construction methods and procedures.

· Reasonable knowledge of the nomenclature and conventional symbols of drafting, projection, and the principles of basic physics.

· Reasonable knowledge of the various types of construction equipment, materials and supplies used in general construction and engineering work.

· Considerable knowledge of public lighting and electrical systems.

· Ability to understand, speak, and write in the English language.

· Ability to read and interpret documents and write routine reports and correspondence. 

· Ability to speak effectively before a group of persons.

· Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints.

· Ability to work both independently and cooperatively. 

· Ability to exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality when necessary.

· Ability to apply the overall mission of a department to make executive support decisions.

· Ability to review several diverse reference sources and select and synthesize data for reports and other forms of correspondence.

· Ability to apply instructions and guidelines in the disposition of problems.

· Ability to follow complex instructions.

· Ability to make decisions and take necessary actions.

· Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations.

· Ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks requiring a high degree of attention to detail.

· Ability to read electrical plans.

· Computer skills that encompass effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, email, and Internet browser software. 

· Digital photography skills that encompass taking, uploading, saving, and formatting digital photos.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here 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 functions.

Intermediate physical effort required to perform work under various weather conditions, including but not limited to extreme temperatures, high winds and rain. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand; must regularly lift and or move items up to 25 pounds, frequently lift items up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift or move items over 50 pounds; be able to clearly hear constituents when speaking in person or on the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.