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Transportation Construction Inspector

Department of Transporation

Each year the Department of Transportation hires qualified individuals to augment its permanent workforce. These Transportation Construction Inspectors (TCI) assist in monitoring and inspecting construction projects during the construction season that begins in April. The actual length of the construction season varies from DOT region to DOT region depending on the weather as well as the number and kind of projects being undertaken. In the downstate regions (New York City, Long Island or the Lower Hudson Valley, for example), the construction season may extend through the end of December.

The number of TCIs hired by a region and the length of their employment are a function of the requirements and duration of the projects compared with the background and schedules of the available candidates. As a result, some candidates are hired for two or three months and others for up to nine months.

TCI positions are field jobs. Individuals must be able to get to the various construction sites on their own. It is helpful if candidates have access to reliable transportation. Candidates may have to work some 16-hour days that could start before daybreak or continue through the night. In these cases, TCIs are eligible for overtime pay. Depending on workload, the nature of the job might also result in a TCI having to work in several different counties.

For information on salary, benefits, and how to apply, as well as information on the tasks, duties, minimum qualifications, and a map of locations, visit the Department of Transportation's employment opportunities(External Link).

Thruway Authority

Transportation Construction Inspectors (TCI) are hired prior to the start of each construction season that generally begins in the Spring. TCIs assist in monitoring and inspecting road and bridge projects. Generally, under the supervision of a Thruway Project Engineer, a TCI will be physically assigned to one or more construction projects to perform the following construction or materials inspections or inspection related tasks.

TCI positions are field jobs. Individuals are required to report to the Division office. An Authority vehicle will be provided for travel from the Division office to the project site, as well as, for project related travel, therefore, TCIs must possess a valid NYS driver's license. Candidates may have to work long days that could start before daybreak or continue through the night. In these cases, TCIs are eligible for overtime pay. Depending on workload, the nature of the job might also result in a TCI having to work in several different counties.

Positions exist across four divisions, New York, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo. The number of TCIs that are hired and the length of their employment are a function of the requirements and duration of the projects compared with the background and schedules of the available candidates. As a result, some candidates are hired for three or four months and others for up to nine months.

For information on how to apply and vacancy postings, visit the Thruway Authority's employment opportunities(External Link).