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Plans Examiner I

Under general supervision performs entry level technical and review work on select construction plans and related documents to ensure compliance with the City's building, fire, sign, storm water, water/sewer and zoning codes and ordinances and other related assigned duties.


Position Category: Professional
Requires Background Check: False
Position Code: 4488-0009SN
Department: Planning and Development
Division: Development Services
Section: Building Plans Review
Pay Grade: AT-28
Starting Salary: $17.80/Hr.

Essential Job Functions:
Examines selected plans, blue lines, specifications, and technical data for new construction, alterations, and repairs to construction projects to determine compliance with the City's construction/development codes and ordinances, particularly for residential and zoning projects, water/sewer drainage reviews and sign permits

Answers telephone inquiries pertaining to assigned plans review code specialty

Confers with builders, designers, and applicants pertaining to various problems encountered, responding appropriately with permit applicants regarding submittal inadequacies and code deficiencies

Maintains computer denial letters and related correspondence, ensuring accurate, concise documentation

Recommends the issuance of building and related permits upon approval of plans submitted

Performs on-site inspections of construction projects under development or repair

Performs basic mathematical calculations to determine the adequacy of proposed specifications

Reports to supervisor concerning special problems encountered

Prepares reports or correspondence concerning the status of projects

Performs record keeping of permit plans review system and updates reference materials

Assists in preparation of code/ordinance changes related to assigned codes and ordinances

Assists in the preparation of information and attends various board meetings

Represents City and work group at approved conferences/seminars

Attends training and continued education classes

Must report to work on a regular and timely basis

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:
Sixty (60) hours of coursework in civil engineering, construction management, architectural science, business administration, or other related field from an accredited college or university, and one (1) year of field/office construction related experience.  Experience may not be substituted for education.  Prefer participation in feeder pool and cross training opportunities available through the Plans Examiner Progression program.

Good knowledge of all types of building, construction, materials, and methods related to duties and responsibilities; good general knowledge of engineering principles associated to specific codes and ordinances (structural engineering for building code reviews or civil engineering for stormwater management reviews); and good basic knowledge of the City's construction codes and ordinances.  Ability to interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints; ability to recognize conditions likely to result in design failure (supporting walls, foundations, or structures); ability to perform basic mathematical calculations; ability to use engineering devices and reference materials; ability to demonstrate skillful use of basic computer word processing software; ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; ability to become proficient in the City’s Permit and Licensing System; and the ability to courteously and tactfully communicate with fellow workers, supervisors, other members of the organization, and the public in giving and receiving information.

Physical Requirements: 
Physical requirements include arm and hand steadiness and finger dexterity enough to use a computer keyboard and telephone; frequently lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling up to five pounds and occasionally up to fifty pounds; may be subject to walking, standing, reaching, handling, balancing, bending, climbing, twisting, and driving; must be able to maneuver across uneven terrain, changing surface conditions and multiple levels on construction sites; and vision, speech, and hearing sufficient to perform essential tasks.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Oklahoma Class “D” Operator’s License; and must obtain within one (1) year of hire date at least one (1) plans examiner technical exams approved by management.

Skills Tests Required:
Writing and/or physical skills assessments may be administered as needed for each position.

Working Environment:
Working environment is primarily indoors in an office setting using a computerized system; and requires some travel to various locations for on-site visits/investigations.