Jacobs General Roads Inspector/Materials Tester in Yakima, Washington

General Roads Inspector/Materials Tester


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Position Summary

Our team is experiencing exciting growth within our established practice and we have a need for a General Roads Inspector/Materials Tester to join our team in Yakima, WA. This person will inspect construction methods and workmanship to ensure that contractors build roadways, bridges, traffic signals and related highway structures in accordance with plans and specifications. Perform work related to transportation engineering activities such as laboratory tests, design data collection, construction record-keeping and traffic control inspection. Employee at this level performs work independently on assignments; however, all unusual issues are referred to the supervisor. Employee may be expected to work nights and weekends.

  • Observe performance of work activities on the project and document activities, work accomplishments and events

  • Report field conditions

  • Observe safety conditions

  • Perform on-site and off-site inspections

  • Coordinate and monitor on-going field testing

  • Recommend rejection of defective material and workmanship

  • Write field notes, calculate quantities and complete inspector’s daily reports.

  • Monitor and document compliance with project permit conditions, environmental issues and water discharge requirements

  • Witness and document the contractor's quality control activities including inspections and testing.

  • Interpret information contained in: contract plans, WSDOT construction Manual, Standard Specifications, and Standard Plans.

  • Take samples and perform tests related to surfacing, paving, structures, earthwork, drainage and miscellaneous items.

  • Know the WSDOT Construction Manual requirements, how to take and interpret field tests, interact with other inspectors and contractors, perform documentation requirements and reporting procedures.

Essential Functions: Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting. Lifting requirements limited to 20 lbs. in the form of supplies, drawings, etc. Longest distance carried of 50 feet. Hand manipulation is required for simple grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Occasional need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, for supplies, as well as below the shoulder for same. No foot controls necessary. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be occasional travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.


  • Minimum of 3 years of Field Quality Assurance/Control experience is required

  • Familiar with local agency and Washington State Standard Plans and Specifications and best management practices and WSDOT Construction Manual (M41-01) is required.

  • Ability to operate the following equipment is preferred:

  • Brovold Gyratory Compactor

  • Barnstead Thermoline Ignition Furnace

  • A manual or mechanical Sand Equivalency Shaker

  • Troxler 3430 and/or 3450 Nuclear Moisture / Density Gauge

  • Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (WAQTC) Certification or the ability to get the WAQTC certification is required.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.


Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Washington-Yakima

Req ID: BI 00040S