Senior Plan Check Engineer

City of Santa Monica
July 21, 2021
Santa Monica, CA
Job Type


Job Summary
Reviews complex construction drawings, engineering reports and calculations for conformance to building standards and conducts related field inspections.

The immediate vacancy is a limited term assignment which is set to end on June 30, 2023. The eligibility list that will be established from this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies, both temporary and regular, that occur during the life of the list.

Major Duties

Reviews architectural and structural construction drawings, structural calculations and engineering reports for compliance with construction codes, local ordinances and state laws. Provides clear and understandable written responses related to review. Attends meetings with permit applicants for clarification of review comments and verification of corrections. Approves corrected architectural and structural drawings and related reports for permit issuance.

Advises assigned staff on plan submittal, routing and record requirements, proper fee determination and approval status for permit issuance. Provides technical guidance to assigned staff.

Interprets building and energy code requirements for architects, contractors, property owners, construction inspectors and City staff. Provides preliminary plan review, as required.

Inspects buildings and construction work to verify compliance with building standards and related codes and regulations.

Assists the Plan Check Supervisor in the preparation, review and evaluation of requests for qualifications/proposals for professional services for plan review, inspection and review of specialized reports.

Assists the Plan Check Supervisor in the review and evaluation of work provided by outside consultants for plan reviews, material tests, geotechnical, energy and sound reports.

Assists the Plan Check Supervisor in assigning and reviewing work assignments performed by assigned staff.

Provides information to the public about division policies and procedures related to permit issuance and plan reviews.

Trains and coordinates the work of assigned staff.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices and methods of structural engineering and related disciplines.

State of California Building, Fire Residential, Energy and Green Building Standards Codes as they relate to moderate and highly complex buildings and structures.

Seismic Hazards Mapping Act and related regulations.

Seismic rehabilitation methods, preservation techniques and the State Historical Building Code.

Federal, state and local regulations pertaining to building construction including but not limited to: disabled access, asbestos removal, energy conservation, air quality, lead hazards, housing and property maintenance, nuisance abatement, code adoption and the licensing of design professionals and contractors.

Mobile Home Park Act and related regulations.

Current construction practices, methods and materials.

Municipal zoning and land use principles.

Effective customer service techniques.

Effective supervisory techniques.

Ability to:

Read and interpret architectural and structural drawings and specifications and determine applicable building code violations for moderate to highly complex projects.

Make engineering computations and analysis to check structural designs for conformance to the building code and acceptable standards of practice for moderate to highly complex projects. Use computer software for structural design and analysis.

Review and evaluate material test reports, structural observation reports, soils reports and appeals for alternate methods of construction or equivalency of alternatives.

Use modern structural engineering software to analyze structures for capacity to resist the vertical and lateral loads prescribed in the California Building Code.

Perform field inspections during all phases of building construction and identify violations of building or energy codes and related ordinances for moderate to highly complex projects.

Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Provide effective customer service.

Communicate City policies in a courteous and effective manner.

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees, private businesses and the general public.
Resolve conflicts and effect solutions to problems.

Train and coordinate the work of staff.

Skill in:

Using a personal computer and applicable software applications to review and check building design plans.

Creating written engineering reports and plan review correction sheets.

Managing multiple concurrent projects.

Education, Training, Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Civil, Structural, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Four years of recent, paid work experience in civil or structural engineering or plan checking and/or electrical or mechanical plan checking. Municipal plan checking experience is desirable.

Licenses and Certification:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license. Registration as a Civil, Structural, Electrical or Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. Certification as a Building Plans Examiner-UBC or ICC or Certified Building Official from the International Code Council (ICC) within one year from the date of hire.

Diversity and Inclusion
How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed on-line City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. If you do not submit your on-line application by the filing deadline, you will not be considered for this position. Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.

You must attach a copy of your college level transcripts or diploma and your engineering license to your online application in order to qualify for this position. Applicants who indicate receipt of college level coursework or degree from a foreign institution must provide United States credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma/transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified.

Selection Process:

All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding your work history and qualifications for the position. All applicants will be reviewed and only those applicants determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing may consist of the following:

Oral Interview: 100%

If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees. Join us!

Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.

Background Investigation:

Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Closing Date/Time: 8/6/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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