Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 02/02/22
Applications Due: 06/02/22
Vacancy ID: 98384

Position Information

AgencyCanal Corporation

TitleTransportation Construction Inspector 1 - Syracuse

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $17.85 to $17.85 Hourly

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 25%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 7 AM

To 3 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Onondaga

Street Address 149 Northern Concourse

City North Syracuse


Zip Code13212

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications -One (1) construction season (minimum of 3 months) of work experience in highway, bridge or other civil engineering related construction inspection, as described in the Transportation Construction Inspector Tasks and Duties; OR:

-Completion of at least one (1) year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of an Associate Degree program in engineering, engineering technology, construction technology, engineering science, surveying technology, drafting/CAD, or heavy equipment operation; OR:

-Completion of at least one (1) year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of a Bachelor's Degree program in engineering, engineering technology, environmental sciences or environmental technology, construction management, construction supervision, engineering management, construction engineering or construction engineering technology, transportation planning, mathematics, physical science, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, landscape architecture, surveying, physics, geology, or forestry.

Duties Description The New York State Canal Corporation (Canals), a subsidiary of the New York Power Authority, is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the 524-mile waterway for boating, recreation, tourism and agriculture. The New York State Canal System, includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, linking the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The 200-year-old NYS Canal System extends over 524 miles and plays important roles in New York’s economic development, tourism industry and environmental stewardship. Canals is seeking candidates for the position of Transportation Construction Inspector (TCI) 1 & 2. The maximum term for these positions is 8 months usually between April and December. College students are encouraged to apply for work during their summer break. These positions are designed to supplement current State construction staff and will assist in monitoring and inspecting construction projects to ensure that the work being performed in accordance with the contract language. To address the dynamic nature of the Canal System, typical projects include infrastructure repairs and replacements for structures including locks, movable dams, guard gates and weirs, dredging work, dam rehabilitations, earthen dam repairs, emergency response and repairs, and culvert repairs, as well as the construction and repair of the Erie Canalway Trail.

Under the supervision of the Director of Construction Management or a designee, a TCI will be assigned to one or more construction projects to perform the following construction and/or material inspection and inspection-related tasks:

Earthwork Inspection
Inspects contractor’s operations of building earth or rock embankments that serve as foundations for pavement; review and observe gradation tests, compaction tests, and moisture content tests to ensure material is of correct size and is properly densified; checks thickness of the layers of materials placed; inspects the type and suitability of compaction equipment; assists in survey, layout and measurement activities.

On-site Concrete Inspection
Inspects contractor’s operations in placement of concrete for pavements and for bridge piers and abutments; review and observe air content tests, slump tests, and cylinder reports; inspects contractor’s methods of handling and placing concrete to minimize segregation; inspects the methods of concrete curing and surface finishing; inspects paving trains to ensure a smooth concrete surface.

Structural Inspection
Inspects contractor’s erecting of steel to ensure correct placement; inspects field welds, surface preparation, and the painting of steel.

Drainage Inspection
Inspects contractor’s installation of culverts, sewers and ditches.

Asphalt Pavement Inspection
Inspects contractor's placement of asphalt; ensures asphalt and air temperature for laying asphalt is optimal; ensures lift thickness conforms to specifications, ensures asphalt is properly compacted.

Project Support Activities
Calculates actual construction project length, areas and volumes to verify correct payment amounts to the contractor; performs technical checking activities against the agreed-upon contract; performs other technical and engineering-related functions as required.

Miscellaneous Inspection Assignments
Construction inspection assignments may also include: inspection of curbing, sidewalk, signs, guide railing, pavement markings, landscape items, water, sanitary, traffic signals, maintenance and protection of traffic, highway lighting, fencing, crack sealing, joint filling, and projects associated with the maintenance and rehabilitation of various components and structures that comprise the Canal system.

Additional Comments Degrees and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If the degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, an independent verification of equivalency must be provided. The Examinations Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service maintains a list of acceptable companies which provide this service. Any evaluation fees must be paid by the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Canal Corporation or New York Power Authority. A list of acceptable companies can also be found at

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Kristine Scott

Telephone 518-449-6003


Email Address


Street 30 S. Pearl Street

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12207


Notes on ApplyingParking is provided by the Corporation.

To be considered for this position please send a Cover Letter, Resume and a copy of any Transcripts to the information below and reference Transportation Construction Inspector 1 - Syracuse.

phone: 518.449.6003

Kristine Scott
Albany Headquarters
30 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207

The New York State Canal Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, gender identity, prior arrests, prior conviction records, predisposing genetic characteristics or domestic violence victim status.

The New York State Canal Corporation provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from the candidate before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at