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Plans Examiner III (Two positions)

Under general supervision performs advanced-level technical and review work on various 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: 4483-0007KV; 0010AKV
Department: Planning and Development
Division: Development Services
Section: Infrastructure
Pay Grade: AT-36
Starting Salary: $22.70/Hr.

Position Code: 4483-0007KV; 0010A (Two positions) 

Planning and Development, Infrastructure

Pay Grade: AT-36 / Starting Salary: $22.70/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 to review designated advanced permits

Assists training of staff in plans review code specialties

Provides primary backup in areas of expertise as cross trained

Reviews and consults with builders, design professionals, applicants, and general public on pre-submittal projects, participating in preliminary discussions regarding pertinent and applicable code requirements

Performs moderately difficult mathematical calculations and applies general engineering principles to determine code compliance

Creates design details using basic CADD techniques

Maintains various logs, records, reports, and code documents for staff reference and archive use

Assists cross training of staff in code related issues and processes

Provides professional communication to assist attorneys, contractors, developers, property managers, realtors, and other key construction industry members in understanding complicated code issues or interpretations

Assists in preparing budget requests to upgrade materials and match references to codes

May perform the tasks and responsibilities of other Examiners when necessary

May perform the duties of at least two (2) and cross trains in the basic duties of at least one (1) other of the eight (8) plans review code specialties

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 Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a five (5) year professional degree in architecture; or a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction management, business administration, or other related field of study; three (3) years of progressively responsible construction related experience in the field or office; and prefer plans review code analysis and field experience mixture. Experience may not be substituted for education. Refer to the Plans Examiner Progression Criterion Document for additional requirements.

Comprehensive knowledge of all types of building construction, materials and methods related to perform duties and responsibilities; comprehensive 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 knowledge of the City's construction codes and ordinances. Ability to interpret plans, specifications and blueprints; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to perform moderately difficult mathematical calculations and apply engineering principles; ability to use engineering devices and reference materials; ability to become proficient in the use of the City’s Permit and Licensing System; ability to demonstrate skillful use of basic computer word processing software; and the ability to understand and influence the behavior of others within the organization, customers or the public in order to achieve job objectives and cause action or understanding.

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 in some positions may be required to obtain certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager within departmental designated timeframe.

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.