Joe Knows Energy
The Utility Inspector performs the quality control (QC) function over the contractor’s work as a part of the Company’s quality assurance program and is responsible for the completion of all activities in his/her area of assignment in accordance with the appropriate Company specifications and the approved for construction drawings.
The areas of inspection will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Right-of-Way Clearing and Grading
• Ditching, Stringing, and Bending
• Coating, Lowering, Padding, and Backfilling
• Road Boring
• Other Inspection Areas
- The inspector works under the direction of the Chief Inspector and may be assigned additional responsibilities as required.
- The inspector acts as a representative of the Company and is expected to establish a professional business relationship with contractors, suppliers, vendors, other stakeholders, and Company personnel.
- The inspector is required to act in ethical manner and should be aware of Company policies regarding work ethics, including but not limited to gifts, entertainment, trips, etc., offered by contractors, vendors, suppliers, or other stakeholders.
- The inspector provides quality assurance through inspection of work and materials for conformance to requirements.
- The inspector is to respect the role of the contractor as an independent contractor which allows for the contractor to select the means, methods, and manner to perform the work.
- The inspector does not direct or supervise the contractor’s work.
- The inspector is empowered with Stop Work Authority and is expected to shut down any unsafe work.
- The inspector is to complete required documentation (i.e. reports and log books) in a timely, concise, and accurate manner.
- The inspector receives frequent instruction and direction from his/her superior and the work of the inspector is checked on a frequent basis by the Chief Inspector or delegate.
- The inspector is not to inspect work he/she is not qualified to inspect.
The specific duties and responsibilities of the inspector are as follows:
Planning and organization activities including but not limited to:
- Familiarization with the approved construction drawings and the appropriate Company specifications in order to assure the work is performed in accordance with those requirements.
- Familiarization with Contract documents (Agreement) as it relates to his or her duties on the project
- Familiarization with applicable industry and regulatory codes
- Familiarization with the Pre-Job Notes
- Familiarization with the sequence of the work and plan inspection of upcoming activities
- Familiarization with OQ requirements for covered tasks
- Familiarization with the Company media strategy
Taking a proactive approach to safety on the job site by using Stop Work Authority as necessary. Construction personnel (including inspectors) are empowered and expected to stop work on the basis of, but not limited to:
Activities, conditions, or situations that have occurred, are occurring or may occur that could result in
- Imminent danger to any person, including contractor, or Company personnel
- Imminent danger to Company, or other property, or the environment
- Substandard quality/work techniques that do not meet Company specifications
- Report safety issues to the Chief Inspector and Safety Inspector
Understanding and following documentation requirements including but not limited to:
- Detailed inspector’s log book
- Required forms for assigned activities
- Required inspection reports
- Accurate, timely, and detailed records completed and submitted
- Extra work tracking
- Drawing markups for as-built records
- Hydrostatic tests and any test failures
- Quantity, size, wall thickness, grade, heat number, other pipe nomenclature and pipe coating, and its location
- Documenting and submitting nonconformances
- Understanding the Company’s management of change process (MOC) as they relate field construction activities
- Design changes or material substitutions are discussed with the Chief Inspector and that proper Company approval is obtained
- Communicating effectively, accurately, and in a timely manner
- Daily problems/issues and/or anticipated problems/issues with the job communicated to the Chief Inspector
- Observing the contractor’s use, movement, storage and inspection of tools, equipment and materials
- Understanding Company pre start-up review procedures and checklist
- Following Company procedures for handling outside agency inspections
- Being familiar with and understanding extensive excavation work, earthmoving, clearing, and related pipeline activities that may have an environmental impact
- Understanding Company pipeline and site staking marking conventions as well as locating and marking requirements for underground facilities
- Knowing Company requirements for clearing, grubbing (i.e. stump removal), and grading
- Understanding Company policies and procedures for landowner access and interface
- Understanding Company requirements for ditching
- Knowing Company damage prevention practices
- Knowing Company requirements for rock excavation
- Having general awareness of drilling and blasting activities
- Monitoring, assessing, and reporting pipe handling, hauling, and stringing processes
- Verifying materials meet job specific specifications
- Understanding the basics of pipe alignment, welding, and its inspection (specialized inspector are required for the actual inspection)
Monitoring, assessing, and reporting lowering in activities and items including but not limited to:
- Condition of ditch bottom
- Rocks, roots, clay, and other debris
- Lifting and lowering in equipment
- Lowering in plan (if applicable)
Understanding, monitoring, assessing, and reporting on painting and coating activities and items including but not limited to:
- Vendor Product data sheet utilization
- Tools required to monitor environmental conditions and their proper use
- Surface cleanliness testing
- Proper mixing of paint and/or coating
- Proper application of paint and/or coating
- Proper setup and use of holiday detector / jeep
- Proper repair of a holiday, void, or jeep
Monitoring, assessing, and reporting pressure testing activities including but not limited to:
- Required permits
- Testing equipment
- Test execution
- Witness plan
- Sign off on plan
- Record completed test
- Test documentation
- Failures and subsequent repairs
- Test plan confirmation and review
Monitoring, assessing, and reporting on backfill activities including but not limited to:
- Backfill materials
- Depth requirements
- Compaction requirements
- Rock shield
Monitoring, assessing, and reporting on cleanup operations for:
- Removal of waste materials (rocks and debris)
- Repair of damaged land
- Temporary structure removal
- Fence repair
- Proper seeding
- Pipeline markers, mileposts, aerial markers, and river crossing signs
Understanding and using inspector tools for communication and documentation including but not limited to:
- Laptop computer
- Cell phone
- Digital camera
- Microsoft Excel (completion of forms)
- Microsoft Word (completion of forms)
- Microsoft Windows (MAC computers not approved)
- Mobile devices
The minimum qualifications include two years of demonstrated construction inspection experience in areas such as: as-builting, utility inspection, pressure testing, welding inspection, tank inspection, coating inspection, pressure, or vessel inspection or five years heavy industry inspection in areas such as road building, mining, logging or blasting. A degree is not required.
The physical requirements for this function include:
• Lift 50 pounds
• Bend, stoop, and crawl
• Ascend and descend ladders
• Able to wear respirator and obtain Physician Written Opinion for respirator use
• Stand for extended periods of time
The desired qualifications include one or more of the following:
• API 1169 Certification
• NACE or SSPC Level 1 Certification
• CWB Certification
About Joe Knows Energy
Joe Knows Energy LLC is a staffing and recruiting company that delivers added value to our clients by providing them experienced Inspectors who possess communication and leadership skills that support the goals of the project team.
We supply inspectors, primarily for the oil and gas pipeline industry, who are committed to excellent performance standards and thrive in a safety-focused team environment.
Our goal is to provide more certainty in regard to the performance of the inspection team. We do this through a proprietary platform that provides information in regards to technical skills, past performance and assessment of potential.
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