Construction Inspector

Job details.


Field Services


Dubuque or Davenport, Iowa

Origin Design (formerly IIW) is a full-service professional design firm offering architecture, engineering, field services and land survey. We deliver impactful, sustainable solutions to help the clients and communities we work with thrive and grow. 

Origin Design is continually seeking highly qualified individuals to enhance our staff and better serve our clients. We are currently hiring a full-time Construction Inspector that will provide on-site observation of construction projects to provide quality control and construction documentation. The position will be based out of our Dubuque or Davenport office.

Origin Design emphasizes training and professional development to facilitate personal and professional growth in your career. We’ve worked hard to develop a culture of collaboration and position our employees for success. If you join our team, we will help you grow your skills and encourage your creativity. Your future starts here. #itstartshere #origincrew

Position Requirements.

  • Minimum 10 years of practical experience in construction or inspection in some of the following projects types:
    • Water and sanitary distribution systems
    • Earthwork/mass grading
    • HMA & PCC paving
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Building construction
    • Bridge/culvert construction
    • Stormwater management systems
    • Underground utility construction
  • Associates Degree from a Civil Engineering or Construction Technology academic program that includes course work related to construction administration, construction procedures, material testing, surveying, and computer applications preferred.
  • Experience with Iowa DOT and/or Federally Funded projects preferred.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff, clients, contractors, the general public, and regulatory agencies.
  • Lift and handle equipment and materials weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Traverse through rough terrain on foot.
  • Walk and stand for extended periods of time while performing field work.
  • Work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Work longer hours and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to operate company-owned vehicles with valid driver’s license.
  • Practical experience in reading plans and specifications and applying information in field.
  • Familiar with OSHA and industry safety standards and requirements.

Position Responsibilities.

  • Observe contractor and check adherence to plans and specifications, including checking grades and elevations, verifying materials, and verifying quality of construction.
  • Prepare documentation of construction progress legibly and clearly utilizing Origin Design and regulatory agency standard forms and processes.
  • Collect and record routine measurements and quantities, compare them to project plans and specifications, and manage records necessary for pay estimates.
  • Maintain daily inspection and testing reports and regularly inform project engineer of project status.
  • Read and apply concepts of contracts, plans, specifications and standards involved in the construction of projects with assistance from project engineer if necessary.
  • Provide technical mentoring to engineering and technical staff for employee development and perpetuation of expertise.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations in order to verify technical information.
  • Prepare basic drawings, notes and sketches for use in construction record drawings.
  • Assist with communication with contractor’s superintendent or project manager to track progress, monitor construction schedule, track changes to work, and notify of deficient work.
  • Assist in maintaining open communication regarding project progress and impacts with adjacent property owners and the public.
  • Clean, maintain, and calibrate field-testing apparatus according to ASTM requirements.
  • Perform in-field material testing for quality control.
  • Assist survey crew in collection of field data.


  • Work-life balance.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Remote working options.
  • Competitive compensation packages.
  • Paid sick and vacation time off.
  • ESOP Employee Ownership.
  • Strong health care plans.
  • Disability insurance coverage.
  • 401k program with employer match.
  • Continuing education.
  • Tuition assistance.

Origin Design is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Follow our journey.

#tbt On April 26, 1999, Origin Design (formerly IIW) became an ESOP. Co-founders Carl Schoenhard & Dennis Waugh (pictured) originally enacted the ESOP as a way to secure the future of the company following Schoenhard's retirement. Now over 20 years later, Origin Design is 100% employee owned.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Our project support and administrative staff ensure our projects & day-to-day operations at Origin Design run smoothly! We're so lucky to have them all on our #origincrew!

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#tbt Codi Putnam, Director of Finance, reflected on the last four years at Origin Design and her favorite memory was when the company became 100% employee owned. "One of my favorite memories was getting to hand out checks to the 22 shareholders that came together & agreed to be bought out in order for us to become a 100% employee-owned company. It was a big commitment for those involved to better the future of the company."

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Tim O'Brien is celebrating 30 years at Origin Design. We're so thankful for your hard work & dedication over the years! Happy Anniversary!

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#tbt We asked Cody Kelchen what his favorite project is that he has worked on since starting at Origin Design 2 years ago. The answer: "My favorite project I have worked on while at Origin Design was a local industrial project. There were some unusual challenges with this project that really struck my curiosity; one being the presence of coal.....Using our best judgement, we had to determine how much, if any, coal residue was acceptable underneath our roadway without causing long term damage to the pavement structure. I learned so much both in the field and in the office from this project."

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Emily Crowe is officially a Licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois! Congrats, Emily! We're so lucky to have you on our Structural Team. Learn more about Emily's journey to becoming an SE here.

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your families this week? Join us at the Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival at the University of Dubuque this Thursday, April 7th from 4 to 7 PM. Amanda Kennedy, Emily Crowe, Gertrude Heimerdinger & Macy Mislivecek will be at Origin Design's Booth & are excited to meet you & share all about STEM.

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Cody Austin is celebrating 15 years at Origin Design. Congrats, Cody! We're excited to see what you'll accomplish in the next 15.

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Come join the #origincrew! We're hiring a Construction Inspector to join our Field Services Team. This position could be located at our headquarters in Dubuque, IA, or in our Quad Cities Office in Davenport, IA! Learn more & apply here.

Happy National Surveyors Week! It's easy to celebrate when you have such a talented group of surveyors on your crew. Thank you for all you do. We're lucky to have you!

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