The City of Concord is seeking a customer service oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills to serve as their next Plan Check Engineer in the Building Division of the Community and Economic Development Department. There is currently one vacancy.
The Plan Check Engineer ideal candidate is: • Someone who will coach and mentor assigned staff for success; • Someone who has experience in the field with significant code knowledge; • Someone who works collaboratively with all staff, consultants, and customers; • Someone who is willing to continue their technical training; • Someone who is a leader and proactive in problem solving; • Someone with strong interpersonal skills and possesses the ability to resolve conflict in a positive manner; • Someone with supervisory experience; • Someone who is open to self-improvement and receiving constructive feedback from staff; • Someone who is customer driven; • Someone who can interact with the public during the majority of their work day; • Someone who can prioritize work load and multitask with multiple interruptions; and • Someone who embraces, promotes and is guided by the City's Mission, Vision and Values
1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at www.cityofconcord.org by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.
2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications for the position will be invited to a panel interview tentatively scheduled for the week of January 29, 2018. If you are selected to participate in the interview process and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule.
3. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.
IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.
Plan Check Engineer
Purpose Under general supervision, plans, coordinates, reviews, supervises, and participates in the review of construction plans and structural calculations. The Plan Check Engineer is a Registered Professional Engineer, who performs the most difficult and complex structural plan reviews, and has the responsibility for planning, coordinating and supervising the plans checking operations of the Building Division. Performs complex review and examination of building construction, improvement, and repair plans and specifications for compliance with all applicable building codes, laws, rules and regulations. Provides supervision for the issuance of building permits and coordination of plans checking with other Permit Center Departments/Divisions and permit issuance activities. Performs on-site building inspections in conjunction with plans examining work and maintains plans examining records and performs related and other work as required all within the context of the City's Mission, Vision, Values Statement and a strong and progressive customer service orientation. Equipment, Methods & Guidelines Typically uses state, federal and local building codes, laws, rules and ordinances applicable to city planning, urban engineering and building construction such as the California Building Code, California Mechanical Code, California Plumbing Code, and California Electric Code; City policies and procedures; standards, practices, equipment and materials associated with the checking and examination of plans. Uses telephone, building engineering and design reference manuals, calculator and computer terminal.
Working Conditions Work is conducted primarily in an office setting and at field construction sites as required. Some field assignments involve exposure to variable weather.
Physical Demands Work emphasizes speech, hearing, vision, and dexterity; and to perform the duties required on construction sites: stoop, climb, crawl, balance, maneuver, walk and stand for long periods of time.
Supervisory Guidance Received/Given Supervision received is characterized by general supervisory direction; receives general outline of work in terms of objectives rather than methods and selects from or adapts existing procedures; assignments require the regular use of discretion, resourcefulness, and independent judgment to provide primarily standard solutions to a wide range of building construction review problems techniques; work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives. Has latitude for selection of procedures and techniques to be applied. Supervision given includes exercising supervisory authority over the Permit Center staff. Work involves providing project direction and the training of staff. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 1. Plans, coordinates, reviews, supervise, and participate in the review of construction plans and structural calculations for residential, commercial and industrial building construction and alterations. 2. Responsible for performing the most difficult and complex plan checks, including all that require a Registered Professional Engineer. 3. Investigate reports of structural problems on other assignments and makes recommendations to the Chief Building Official. 4. Reviews plans and administers systems and procedures to ensure that plans, structural calculations, energy calculations and specifications comply with all state, federal, and local building laws, rules, ordinances and regulations. 5. Provides supervision for the issuance of building permits and coordination of plan checking with other Permit Center Departments/Divisions and permit issuance activities. 6. Supervise Permit Center Staff including, but not limited to, assigning/monitoring workload and evaluation of quality and quantity of work performed. 7. Develops policies and standard operating procedures for Permit Center Activities. 8. Confers with architects, engineers, builders and homeowners to give and obtain information and interpret building codes and regulations; recommends necessary changes to obtain compliance with applicable codes and regulations. 9. Attends and participates in development plan review meetings to provide code related comments and guidance for future, current and past projects. 10. When required, make difficult on-site construction inspections to confirm that construction complies with approved plans and specifications. 11. Checks the stability of soils and footing systems in accordance with geological and soils reports. 12. Prepares correspondence to architects, engineers, contractors, property owners and others in conjunction with the correction of plans and engineering details, permit requirements, notices and other matters relating to the acceptance and approval of construction plans and permitting process. 13. Administers plan review contracts and coordinates the work of outside plan review consultants. 14. Manages, assigns and reviews quality of plan checks being completed by contract engineers and architects and Permit Center staff. 15. Advises inspectors on structural and other building related problems arising in the field during construction. 16. Investigates and completes recommendations for new and substitute construction materials and design practices. Informs Permit Center Staff of these recommendations. 17. Prepares and leads training sessions and seminars for Permit Center staff and others when required. 18. Prepares reports and statistical data relating to plans examining functions and permit issuance activities. 19. Promotes the City's Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City. QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and Abilities A thorough knowledge of state and local codes, laws, rules, ordinances and regulations that pertain to building design, theories and principles of structural design, engineering, soils engineering, mathematics and construction; of the standards, practices, terms, procedures, techniques, equipment, tools and materials associated with building design and construction.
Ability to effectively interpret laws and regulations; to effectively apply City and Department policies, procedures, rules, regulations and practices pertaining to the work and the Building Division; perform detailed analysis and examination of building and construction designs, specifications and plans; apply engineering and architectural principles and techniques to solve complex construction problems; analyze structural integrity and load factors using engineering design mechanics; analyze and evaluate complex building plans, data and reports to determine compliance; make accurate engineering calculations; effectively evaluate alternate materials and methods of design and construction; organize work and set priorities in order to meet work deadlines; and prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Ability to operate a computer and use word processing, spreadsheet, and permit processing software; plan, organize, and assign and evaluate the work of assigned staff; and use written and oral communication skills to communicate and work tactfully and effectively with both professionals and non-professionals while reflecting the highest standards of customer service. Ability to read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; perform highly detailed work under changing, strict deadlines, on multiple concurrent tasks; to work well under pressure and with frequent interruptions; interact effectively with staff, management, property owners, builders, engineers, architects developers, and manufactures; and establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education/Experience Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will require:
Education: A Bachelor's Degree in architecture or civil, structural or architectural engineering, or a closely related design or engineering field. A Master's degree is highly desirable.
Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible plan check or plans examiner, or four years experience in the private sector providing building design or engineering services.
OTHER: OTHER REQUIREMENT: A California licensed architect or a California registered civil or structural engineer is required. Certification as a Plans Examiner from a nationally recognized certification entity is required at time of application or within 12 months of employment and is a condition of continued employment.
A California Driver License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.