Water Transfer Inspector
Joe Knows Energy
Waynesburg, PA
Posted ago
Joe Knows Energy

The Water Transfer 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:

  • Right-of-Way use
  • Pipe and Pump layout and use
  • Clean-up
  • Other Inspection areas

The inspector works under the direction of the lead 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 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 lead Inspector or delegate. The inspector is not to inspect work he is not qualified to inspect


Good understanding and working knowledge of water transfer operations and equipment.

  • Ability to inspect all aspects of water management for a Frac
  • Possess good communication skills with individuals at all levels
  • Possess ability to effectively supervise and train other employees
  • Ability to write legibly and intelligently
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Valid driver’s license

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 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

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
  • Hydrostatic tests and any test failures

Communicating effectively, accurately, and in a timely manner

  • Daily problems/issues and/or anticipated problems/issues with the job communicated to the Chief Inspector

Monitoring, assessing, and reporting pump and pipe handling, hauling, and stringing processes

  • Verifying materials meet job specific specifications
  • Verifying pumps and pipe are functioning appropriately
  • Verifying the ROW is being utilized properly

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
  • Email
  • Microsoft Excel (completion of forms)
  • Microsoft Word (completion of forms)
  • Microsoft Windows (MAC computers not approved)
  • Mobile devices
Additional responsibilities:
  • 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
  • Documenting and submitting nonconformances
  • Report safety issues to the Chief Inspector and Safety Inspector
  • Understanding the Company’s management of change process (MOC) as they relate field construction activities
  • Design changes or material substitutions are discussed with the Lead Inspector and that proper Company approval is obtained


The minimum qualifications include two years of demonstrated water transfer inspection experience.

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

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 and construction supervisors who possess communication and leadership skills that support the goals of the project team.

We supply PM, CM and inspectors, primarily for the oil and gas pipeline and heavy civil industries, 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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