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AKS Engineering & Forestry Construction Inspector in Vancouver, Washington

Job Summary

AKS Engineering & Forestry (AKS) has an immediate opening for an entry level construction inspector in our Vancouver, Washington office. This is a full-time position working closely with AKS project managers, project engineers, and project surveyors and coordinating with on-site contractor personnel. The focus of this position is to provide field inspection during construction activities to ensure proper erosion control is used and that infrastructure projects are being built according to plans and specifications.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • CESCL certification (preferred or willing to become certified)

  • New civil engineering/construction engineering grad or 1+ years? experience in the construction/engineering industry

  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information, orally and in writing, in a professional manner to contractors, fellow employees, outside consultants, governmental agency representatives, and City officials.

  • AS in Surveying or Civil Engineering Technology, or BS in Civil Engineering and/or Forest Engineering

  • Possess a current driver?s license and safe driving record. Must be able to be insured to drive an AKS vehicle

  • Considerable skill in reading and interpreting construction drawings, plans and specifications, and contract documents

  • Knowledge of building construction, materials, and methods

  • Knowledge of public works inspection methods (preferred)

  • Ability to perform required mathematical computations

  • Ability to work quickly, manage multiple and conflicting deadlines, and establish priorities

  • Takes personal responsibility for completing quality work within budgets and timelines

  • Working knowledge of applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to construction, inspection, safety and traffic control

  • Ability to prepare, organize and maintain inspection field and office data, reports and systems

  • Physically capable of moving about on construction work sites (required)

Job Functions & Responsibilities: Working with the Project Manager/Project Engineer, the following tasks will be assigned:

  • Reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications

  • Inspecting and documenting the construction progress of streets, earthwork and utilities to ensure compliance with contract documents, specifications and building codes

  • Preparing Construction Inspection reports

  • Managing construction related issues either directly or working with the AKS Project Manager

  • Reviewing field staking

  • Completing projects and special assignments as requested

  • Managing own schedule to be present at staged inspections, meetings, and meet deadlines

  • Representing AKS through communication with contractor, municipal agents, and client

  • Measuring and quantifying construction work/materials with emphasis on documentation

  • Reviewing contractor billing to client and verifies billed quantities

  • Attending pre-construction meetings

  • Acting as a liaison between AKS Project Manager and contractor/client/municipal agents

  • Doing what needs to be done

Company Overview

AKS is a locally owned infrastructure engineering firm that provides professional consulting services to municipal and private clients in the Pacific Northwest. Our company provides a unique combination of services including civil engineering, surveying, planning, natural resources, landscape architecture, arboriculture, water resources, and forestry. With this combination of professionals, we bring a holistic approach to problem-solving that allows us to implement solutions that may not be obvious when viewed from a single perspective. We have an established, broad-based portfolio of clients including land owners, real-estate developers, architects, government agencies, public service providers, timberland owners, and others. With four offices and nearly 25 years in business, AKS is a well-respected and trusted resource to our clients. AKS is consistently ranked among the largest engineering firms in the Portland metropolitan area. Despite our growth, we have remained true to our values and diligently maintain our focus on quality. Visit our website at for additional information about the work we do.

The Culture

AKS is not your typical consulting firm. We have created a unique work environment that is professional, friendly, casual, hardworking, and fun. With a reputation built on personal responsibility, straight answers, practical solutions, and above all else, client service, AKS has become a highly sought-after place to work. In fact, AKS was recognized by The Oregonian as one of the Top Workplaces of 2018 and 2019. We specifically place our offices closer to where our employees live providing us faster response to our clients and a shorter drive to work for most employees. We emphasize building long-term relationships with clients at all levels of our organization and this philosophy has allowed us to expand and grow. Every employee is treated as a valuable asset and everyone?s voice matters.


AKS values our employees and proudly provides competitive compensation, benefits, and special perks. Checkout the Careers page of our website for more information on all that AKS offers.