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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005

PLAN CHECK ENGINEER

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under direction of the Chief Building Official, performs a full range of plans examination duties to ensure projects and structures are in compliance with laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations before permits are issued as well as during construction when changes are made or modifications are desired; performs a full range of customer service duties including assisting, providing information to, and answering questions from architects, engineers, builders, and owners; and serves as a resource for the City’s building inspection staff.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
The Plan Check Engineer is a journey level class in which incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of plan review, customer service, and office support duties with minimum supervision. Incumbents perform plan review, technical fieldwork and investigation in the enforcement of a broad range of building and related codes. The work requires independence and discretion in both field inspections and plans examinations. This classification differs from the next higher classification of Chief Building Official in that the latter is responsible for overall management of the Building Services Division.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Coordinates and participates in the City’s plan review process; coordinates with other staff to determine which projects to review in-house and which to have reviewed by outside consultants and contract review services.
  2. Performs a full range of plan review related duties; reviews engineering reports, drawings, specifications and calculations for buildings to ensure compliance with codes, regulations, and ordinances; interprets codes and regulations in the performance of plan check activities.
  3. Checks plans for accuracy of design and completeness; checks complex plans and calculations to determine loading on roofs, walls, and floors, size and spacing of beams, rafters, and joists, amount and size of reinforcing in concrete members, type of structural connections and adequacy of design to meet earthquake, wind load, and material stress requirements.
  4. Checks specifications for buildings and other structures involving installation, repair, replacement, and alteration for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
  5. Provides a full range of customer service; responds to complex and difficult inquires and requests for information; responds to public and agency technical and non-technical inquiries by phone, e-mail, fax, and at the counter; explains requirements of various laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  6. Assists and works cooperatively with property owners, contractors, developers, architects, engineers, and their representatives in submitting plans and other documents, applying for permits, and on other matters relating to building permits.
  7. Explains required inspections, construction requirements, and construction and repair methods and materials to owners, architects, engineers, contractors, staff, and the public.
  8. Serves as resource to inspectors and other department staff; performs field inspections and advises/assists Combination Building Inspectors regarding structural and other problems arising in the field.
  9. Provides technical and professional assistance/advice to the Chief Building Official; participates in policy development.
  10. Maintains a variety of records and files and prepares assigned reports; tracks daily number of inspections and prepares monthly inspection report.
  11. Reviews and recommends materials and data to be archived for various projects.
  12. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Principles, practices, and methods used in various building construction areas including plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. Pertinent federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and ordinances including applicable state laws, ordinances, and codes related to building construction. Investigative principles and practices. Public relations techniques and procedures. Operational characteristics and use of standard equipment used in building inspection and the building trades. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Interpret, apply, and ensure project compliance with pertinent state, federal, and local rules, laws, and regulations. Analyze complex building issues, evaluate alternatives, and reach sound conclusions. Read and interpret complex plans and specifications. Exercise sound independent judgment. Safely and effectively operate tools and equipment used in building inspection and the building trades. Operate modern office equipment and computers including specialized computer applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, construction management, architecture, or related field.

Experience:
Two years of experience performing plan check reviews; structural engineering design work, or architectural design work.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of appointment, Plans Examiner and Building Inspector certification issued by the International Conference of Building Officials (I.C.B.O.). Registration as a Professional Engineer or Architect in the State of California is highly desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be exposed to noise, dust, inclement weather conditions, and construction environment and equipment.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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