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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Construction Projects Observer

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5208

UW Job Family: 51

SOC Code: 47-4011

Pay Grade: 20

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Observes and inspects all new construction and major remodeling projects at the University for compliance with contracts, codes and standards of practice.

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's Degree in Architecture or applicable engineering field


4 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • University, state, and federal fire, safety, and hazardous materials regulations.
  • University, state, and federal and local safety, fire and building codes.
  • Climate control systems.
  • Basic routine and advanced construction drawings, sketches, diagrams, blueprints and specifications.
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Read and interpret mechanical and electrical schematics and architectural blueprints .
  • Ability to tolerate heights and perform inspections within confined spaces.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Perform inspections and approve installations/work.
  • Lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Read, understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Perform and/or confirm quality control tests on materials and systems to assure compliance with contracts and specifications.

Act as resource and liaison between University and architects, engineers and contractors; assist with identification and resolution of problems of construction and remodeling projects.

Review and evaluate plans and specifications for future projects; review shop drawings, change orders, field orders and the like.

Document and file job related information including correspondence, test reports and shop drawings.

Monitor project expenditures and budget; review contractors' payment applications against work performed and materials used. 

Working Conditions:

Standard office environment with routine travel to construction sites; regularly exposed to hazards associated with construction in progress including heights, fumes, adverse weather conditions, darkness or poor lighting, confined spaces, and chemical, electrical and mechanical hazards.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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