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Bolton & Menk, Inc. Coating Specialist  in Des Moines, Iowa

Coating Specialist

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.



Bolton & Menk specializes in providing public infrastructure solutions. We have over 70 years of experience serving the Upper Midwest and beyond. As a Top150 Workplace in Minnesota, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a great team of professionals and grow your career! We have an exciting new opportunity for a Coating Specialist to join our Bolton & Menk, Inc. This position offers the opportunity for you to join a well-established firm with a long history of superior service. This position is flexible to be based out of any of our Central Iowa locations (Ames or Des Moines).

As a Coating Specialist, you are responsible for observing and reporting the technical aspects of protective coating projects and its conformance or deviation from the project specifications in the field. You will work directly with subcontractors to ensure compliance with customer requirements, industry standards, and government regulations. We are looking for a candidate that excel at client management with excellent communication and organization skills as this role will have a high level of interaction with clients and subcontractors. This position will also be responsible for business development with prospective client communities, working to help communities understand the importance of good coatings and the benefit of having them properly overseen. If you enjoy buidling relationships and problem solving this would be a great position for you!


  • Perform basic coating inspections on elevated and ground level water storage tanks, water/wastewater plants and assist Senior Coatings Specialist and Project Engineers with:

  • Monitor surface preparation and coating application activities daily.

  • Prepare inspection reports and inspection data for projects.

  • Maintain detailed records and documentation of inspection activities.

  • Inspecting project sites and evaluating contractor work to ensure conformance to design specifications.

  • Manages telecom installation projects.

  • Assists with engineering field operations as directed.

  • Records quantities and progress of construction activities.

  • Performs material testing procedures and records results.

  • Serves as resident project representative for routine construction projects.

  • Performs management and inspections/observations of telecommunication installation projects.

  • Travels frequently to multiple work sites and other project related locations.

  • Prepare Inspection reports, communicate with client (verbally and written) on coatings and water tower considerations

  • Oversee other coatings staff (CIP Level 1) on a technical basis and answer technical questions on projects

What We Are Looking For:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Minimum NACE Certified Coating Inspector (CIP Level 3)

  • Ability to climb heights over 200 feet

  • Familiarity with Water Towers and prior Tower Experience is preferred.

  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) preferred

  • Commitment to working safely and producing high quality, ethical service

  • Good Interpersonal skills to foster teamwork and build positive working relationships

  • Willingness to learn NACE standards and test methods

  • Possess valid driver’s license

  • Strong communication Skills

Physical Requirements and Demands:

  • Physically capable of accessing project sites for design and construction QA/QC review.

  • Ability to work extended hours in various outdoor conditions.

  • Walking and standing on various terrain 8-12 hours a day in seasonal weather.

  • Ability to climb heights over 200 feet.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to lift 50-100 lbs. with assistance.

  • Ability to get in & out of vehicles.

  • Fine & gross hand motor skills.

  • Ability to climb stairs, ladders and uneven terrain.

  • Ability to use mechanical equipment for heights (basket lifts, platforms, stages, booms, ladders, etc.)

  • Prolonged concentration on PC monitor and keyboard use.

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time and function in an office environment.

  • Some weekend and out of town travel required.


Work with a creative and hardworking team, who believe in client satisfaction and building relationships. For over 70 years Bolton & Menk, Inc. has served public and private clients with comprehensive planning, design and construction engineering and surveying services. The employees at Bolton & Menk are seeking hard working and ambitious co-workers to join us to deliver tomorrow’s leading infrastructure projects. Bolton & Menk is employee-owned, is ranked among ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms and is a Top 150 Workplace in Minnesota. With over 550 employees and 22 offices in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and North Carolina there are always new challenges and career development opportunities available.


At Bolton & Menk, we value our people and provide an exceptional Total Compensation and Benefits Package to protect our most valuable asset. We are committed to the well-being of our employees and their families. Perks of being a Bolton & Menk employee include peace of mind with our benefits package and competitive compensation plan, flexible schedules and career development opportunities. Learn more here:

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We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Bolton & Menk does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party agencies in response to Bolton & Menk job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. Pre-approval from the Bolton & Menk Talent Acquisition team is required before any external candidate can be submitted and such candidate must be submitted to the Bolton & Menk Talent Acquisition team.

Bolton & Menk, Inc., is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

LocationDes Moines

This position is currently accepting applications.