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State of Minnesota Construction Inspector - Transportation Generalist Senior in Morris, Minnesota

Working Title: Construction Inspector - Transportation Generalist Senior

Job Class: Transportation Generalist Senior

Agency: Transportation Dept

*This was previously announced and being re-posted for additional candidates. If you previously applied, you do not need to re-apply.

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 02/24/2024

  • Closing Date : 03/14/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Transportation Dept / Transportation-Dist 4-AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : District 4 - Detroit Lakes / D-4 Construction

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $25.15 - $32.52 / hourly; $52,513 - $67,901 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 207 - Technical/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Morris Contract Administration

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

An employee in this class performs daily assigned and routine work such as routine testing and project documentation, AND assists in the maintenance and operation of snow and ice control to ensure safe and clear roadways; AND performs related work as required.

Some examples of work for this position are listed below but not limited to the following:

Function: Contract Administration (Roadway and/or Bridge Construction)

  • Assists the Chief Inspector on a significant portion of complex projects by completing complex inspection activities to ensure successful completion of projects.

  • Performs construction inspections and verifies the dimensions and tolerances of constructed roadway features to ensure conformance to plans and specifications.

  • Serves as the Chief Inspector on less complex construction projects to ensure successful completion of projects.

  • Performs and/or directs frequent/routine field testing of construction materials (for example. grading and base, bituminous, and concrete), analyzes test results, and verifies material quality and determines if construction materials meet MnDOT specifications.

  • Performs required complex inspection activities of grading and base or bridge projects, and bituminous and concrete paving operations to ensure successful completion of projects.

  • Reports known deficiencies to Chief Inspector and verifies corrections of known deficiencies to ensure the project complies with project documents.

  • Performs routine documentation to record location, quantity and quality of contract work and also completes required reports and administrative documentation (such as pay items, force account summaries, test reports, usage reports, etc.) within MnDOT requirements from letting to finalization to ensure records of work and materials used are accurate and timely.

  • Applies enforcement procedures to the contract for less complex construction projects or recommends the application of enforcement procedures to the Chief Inspector when working on the most complex projects to ensure successful completion of projects.

  • Monitors contractor and traffic control safety practices, ensures personal safety is protected, and ensures the project is completed using applicable safety practices, rules and programs.

  • Provides work direction to assistant inspectors and/or student workers in gaining required technical skills through MnDOT’s technical certification program.

  • Measures, computes, documents and enters pay items into Field Ops and determines amount of payment to contractor.

  • Interprets plans and specifications to ensure contractor compliance.

  • Monitors concrete and bituminous plants to ensure materials meet specifications and requirements.

  • Assists with final reviews on construction projects to ensure contractors have the appropriate certification.

Function: Snow & Ice

  • Maintains roadways for snow and ice control: removes snow from roadways and shoulders; opens and widens roadways of large accumulations of snow; removes snow from rights of way or yards; applies anti-icing and de-icing chemicals on stretches of highway under slippery conditions; removes frozen ice and material from culverts; and performs night or dawn patrols.

  • Prepares and inspects winter equipment - maintains snowplow equipment, cutting edges and sanders; and cleans equipment post storm.

  • Performs preseason snow route inspection and performs post storm cleanup including machine or hand sweeping of bridges, guardrails, sidewalks, crossovers, medians, ramps, and roadways.

Minimum Qualifications

The level of experience to perform this job at the Transportation Generalist Senior level can be achieved with:

  • Two years of experience performing contract administration (roadway and/or bridge construction) activities or related activities;


  • A combination of one year of experience in any of the following areas may substitute for one year of performing contract administration (roadway and/or bridge construction) activities: bridge maintenance, bridge safety inspection, contract administration (roadway and/or bridge construction), design, hydraulics, materials, soils, permits, planning, predesign, right of way, road surface/roadside maintenance, signs, surveys, snow/ice, and/or traffic engineering.

  • Note: A Two year Civil or Construction Technology Degree or the following four year degrees: Architectural, Civil or Mechanical Engineering; Land Surveying / Geomatics; or equivalent may substitute for one year of experience. (In order for education coursework to be considered in lieu of work experience you must submit a copy of your transcripts).

  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the general public in-person or via two-way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

  • Valid Minnesota Class B Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement and no air brake restrictions within 6 months of hire.

Applicants that are made a contingent job offer will be invited to take a computerized Math and Ready Assessment Test. The required passing score for the Math portion is a level 5 or higher and the Reading portion is a level 5 or higher. (Acceptance is contingent on passing a math and reading assessment test.


  • Agg Production

  • Bit Street Level 1 - or ability to obtain within one year of hire/placement

  • Concrete Field Level 1 - or ability to obtain within one year of hire/placement

Preferred Qualifications

Previous MnDOT experience working as a Laborer, Transportation Associate or Transportation Generalist with documented satisfactory performance.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands of this job will vary, but typically requires the ability to lift 100 pounds maximum with frequent moving and/or lifting or otherwise transfer of objects such as 50-pound bags. This job also may require walking or moving or standing or sitting to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls. This job will require strenuous physical labor including but not limited to digging, shoveling, hauling, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling and climbing.

Weather elements: May require frequent exposure to weather elements (cold and hot) on a daily basis.

Additional Requirements

Reference/Background Checks - successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and criminal history check

  • It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background investigation prior to employement. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Employment Reference Check

  • Education/License Verification

  • Driver‘s License Check

  • Pre-employment Physical

  • This position is must obtain their Class B Commerical Driver‘s license (CDL) within 6 months of hire. Once the CDL permit is obtained, they must submit to a Federal Department of Transporation drug test (with negative test results), is subject to future random drug and alcohol testing and is registered in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration‘s Commericial Driver‘s License Drug and Alcohol Clearninghouse. A revoked, suspended or canceled Driver‘s Licnese within the last 5 years may disqualify a candidate or three serious traffic violations during any 12 month period of time will disqualify a candidate.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.