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OrganizationCity of Charlottesville
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineApril 30, 2023
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$21.25 to $25.59 an hour ($44,200.00 to $53,227.20).
Phone(434) 970-3104


Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

TO APPLY: Applications are only accepted online through the City of Charlottesville employment page and must be submitted prior to the listed closing date and time. Click here to apply now.

Support the Charlottesville Department of Utilities in fulfilling its service to provide efficient and safe utilities to all in our community. The Charlottesville Department of Utilities is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team as a Utilities Construction Inspector (Gas) who is highly motivated and who strives for success by demonstrating Charlottesville’s Core Values of Leadership, Trust, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence.
Performs responsible technical work inspecting the installation/repair of gas utility lines by private contractors for specification compliance to local, state and federal standards. May perform miscellaneous duties in other areas of the division as necessary. Primarily and most frequently the work done here is performed independently, with diverse functional areas and more specialization and ability to train others.
The preferred hiring amount is between $21.25 to $25.59 an hour ($44,200.00 to $53,227.20). This is a full-time, non-exempt, position. Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. The position also provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City’s retirement options, and continuing education/training opportunities.
Minimum Requirements:
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in utility construction in relevant field.
  • Proficiency in utility infrastructure requirements and contractual issues.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. (To view our driving eligibility requirements, visit;
  • Specialized certifications required includes plastic pipe fusion, flagging and and applicable federal operator qualifications;
  • Subject to federal DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Job Duties

Essential Responsibilities and Duties


  • Inspects utility line construction projects of contractors at beginning of, during, and end of work for compliance with plans, specifications, and standards, including overseeing tapping of main lines;
  • May ensure qualifications of contractor personnel;
  • Supervises testing of installed lines;
  • Informs contractors of deviations or errors and advises as to corrective action;
  • May stake out installation routes for contractors, mark other utility facilities, and ensure the proper marking of new lines for future identification;
  • Keeps daily progress records, prepares reports and as-built drawings;
  • Inspects street cuts made for utility purposes;
  • Inspects material received by contractors at project site to determine its conformance to required specifications;
  • Follows up on contractor damage to public and private property;
  • Enforces safety standards and policies on construction site;
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Skills Required

 Skills: Thorough knowledge of construction practices, techniques, materials, and equipment hazards, and necessary safety precautions relating to installation of utilities; general knowledge of engineering plans, specifications and drawings. Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints and to compare with various aspects of construction in progress; ability to detect errors in construction projects; ability to establish effective working relationships with contractors, state officials, property owners and others to ensure satisfactory compliance with specifications and standards; ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports; ability to work independently.