Major Bridges Bridge Inspector/Technician

Salary: Competitive

BEAR Scotland is a leading provider of highways maintenance services across Scotland. We manage and maintain over 2,500km of trunk road network, tackling a multitude of interesting and challenging tasks of varying complexity to keep Scotland moving.

We take pride in offering a dedicated and flexible approach such that we deliver on our client’s needs and aspirations, and this is underpinned by recruitment, development, and retention of a locally based workforce.

An opportunity has arisen for a suitable candidate to take on the role of Major Bridges Bridge Inspector/Technician working on Transport Scotland’s NMC South East Trunk Road Contract operated by BEAR Scotland.  You will be based at the Forth Road Bridge offices and be part of BEAR Scotland’s NMC South East Major Bridges Inspection Team, reporting to the Major Bridges Inspection Manager.

Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of BEAR Scotland’s NMC SE Major Bridges Inspection Programmes and help deliver Major Bridges Inspection Teams key performance indicators (KPI’s).
  • Assist in the monitoring and reporting of inspection programme progress.
  • Assist in inspection, investigation, and supervision work on BEAR Scotland’s NMC SE Contract’s Major Bridges (Forth Road Bridge, Queensferry Crossing, Kincardine Bridge & Clackmannanshire Bridge).
  • Assist on other BEAR Scotland contracts as required which will involve other types of structures (Network Bridges, Culverts, Retaining Walls, Masts, Other).
  • Undertake a variety of inspections; General Inspections, Principal Inspections, Close & Visual Inspections, Safety Inspections, Access Inspections, Monitoring Inspections, and Special Inspections using relevant documentation (Inspection Manual for Highway Structures, CS450, Transport Scotland’s Inspection Manual, O&M Manuals, Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, BEAR Scotland Procedures).
  • Assist in the inspection of more complex structures and components (Truss End Link Bearings, Lateral Thrust & Special Leaf Bearings, Half-Joints, Anchorages, Rocker Saddles, FRB Main Cables, QC Stay Cables, Swing Span, Other).
  • Assist in the inspection and reporting of various inspections and detailed investigations on a range of defects; Steel inspections and interpretation of steelwork defects. Concrete inspections and interpretation of concrete defects.
  • Help arrange access, equipment, and resources for various inspection types.
  • Report writing and production of detailed inspection reports and drawings/sketches.
  • Prepare cost estimates and prioritise repair works.
  • Record and report inspections through Transport Scotland’s Major Bridges management system ‘Pearl’.
  • Involved in the development of the Major Bridges management system ‘Pearl’.
  • Assist in optimising output of the inspection process and ensuring that inspections and reports are completed and submitted in accordance with the contract.
  • Help prepare and develop risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) for BEAR Scotland’s Major Bridges.
  • Help develop inspection techniques and procedures.
  • Assist in the supervision of in-house maintenance operatives and sub-contractor works.
  • Lead and supervise the work of other inspectors when required.
  • Understand the importance of efficient reporting of urgent and severe defects that have the potential to reduce capacity and performance.
  • Record-keeping along with the use of various IT software packages.
  • Liaison between departments when required.
  • Assist in ensuring that the works within the area of operations are completed safely (according to the plan and method statements) and to the correct specification (according to the contract, plan, and company procedures and instructions).
  • Cooperate with other teams in order to undertake HSEA checks and audits as agreed.
  • Work towards and gain Lantra Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme ‘BICS’ (NHSS31) Inspector qualification and then ‘BICS’ Senior Inspector qualification.
  • Undertake appropriate training (Work at Height, SMSTS, Confined Space, Rescue & First-Aid Training, Other)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • The successful candidate must be comfortable working at height and working in confined spaces.
  • Experience in the Civil Engineering sector or equivalent.
  • Good understanding of Health & Safety – e.g. Chapter 8, CDM Regs, H&S at Work.
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written), proactive, and have an enthusiastic attitude to work.
  • Must be able to work within a team and be able to work to strict deadlines.
  • Record keeping along with a good understanding of various IT software packages – e.g. MS Office.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and seek advice/guidance when necessary.
  • Current Full UK driving license.


  • Accredited Lantra Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme ‘BICS’ (NHSS31) Inspector or Senior Inspector is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will be required to work towards and gain BICS.
  • Experience in Bridge Inspection is desirable but not essential. On the job training will be given.


  • Candidates should be qualified to a minimum of HNC in Civil Engineering or another relevant discipline.
  • Prerequisite academic qualification to enable work towards professional accreditation of a recognised engineering or technical body – e.g. ICE EngTech.


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