Utility / Civil Facility Inspector
Joe Knows Energy
Kinder, LA
Posted ago
Joe Knows Energy

The Utility / Civil 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 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:

• Excavation and foundations

• Ditching, Stringing, and Bending

• Coating, Lowering, Padding, and Backfilling

• Road Boring

• Tie-ins

• Clean-up

• Other Inspection Areas

The inspector works under the direction of the Chief Inspector may be assigned additional responsibilities as required. The inspector acts as representatives 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 an 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 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 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 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 proactive approach to safety on the job site by

Use 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 non-conformances

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

Desired Qualifications:

The desired qualifications include one or more of the following:

• API 1169 Certification

• NACE or SSPC Level 1 Certification

• AWS CWI 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.

In addition to completing this information, we encourage you to check us out at www.joeknowsenergy.com.

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