Assistant Plan Check Engineer

  • City of Santa Ana
  • 20 Civic Center Plaza (M-24), PO Box 1988, Santa Ana, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Engineering Planning and Development Mid to Senior Level, Non-Management
  • Salary: $8,269.00 USD
  • Salary Top: $11,086.00
  • Phone: 7146475340
  • Apply By: Aug 30, 2021


The recruitment is open until further notice. The first application review date may be August 30, 2021 or as soon as enough applications from qualified applicants have been gathered. Individuals interested in this position are highly encouraged to apply immediately. 

Under general supervision, performs responsible technical work in examining construction drawings for the construction, alteration, or repair of single-family residential, apartment, conventional commercial, or industrial buildings, and associated structures to ensure compliance with building safety standards prior to issuance of a building permit. 

Job Description

At the public counter, advises and assists architects, contractors, builders, owners, and the general public with regard to the interpretation and application of pertinent building regulations and State laws. Examines plans for proposed structures, such as conventional commercial or industrial buildings, residential buildings, and auxiliary structures, such as signs, walls, or fences, to determine compliance with pertinent building regulations and State laws; recommends approval or disapproval of such plans. Evaluates test reports. May occasionally perform structural inspections in the field for special projects. Performs plan checking of residential, commercial, industrial, and multi-family projects of medium complexity. Performs review of projects to ensure compliance with the State accessibility code. Trains lower level staff in counter plan check operations and permit issuance. Serves as an active member of the City’s post-disaster assessment team. Assists in certain specified administrative functions, such as the development of statistics and the preparation of reports related to department programs. Reviews and makes recommendations regarding departmental forms and procedures. May write documents and procedures pertaining to the applicability and enforcement of building codes. Performs other functions as assigned.

Job Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction, or a related field, and two years of responsible technical experience in plan check or building construction, preferably in a public agency. A possession of an Engineer-In-Training certificate may be used in combination with experience to meet the minimum qualifications. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the following knowledge and abilities may also meet the minimum qualifications:
Knowledge of: basic principles and practices of plan check review; methods of and materials used in building construction; some knowledge of state and local laws, codes, and regulations; design and analysis of basic buildings and other structures constructed or rehabilitated to resist forces induced by vertical and horizontal loads of a static and dynamic nature; scientific and mathematical principles; modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.
Skill in: the use of personal computers, software specific to planning, and current office software applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Ability to: learn and apply the State of California's Building Standards and local codes; read and interpret structural plans for compliance with state and local building and safety codes and ordinances; learn and establish occupancy classifications, building exiting, and fire resistance requirements; respond to requests from the general public; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, planning staff, contractors, developers, architects, property owners, and the public.
Possession of Building Plans Examiner International Code Council (ICC) certification, Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) certification, Division of the State Architect (DSA) certification, and/or Professional Engineer (PE) licensure is highly desirable.

Special Instructions

All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form and answer the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) online.  Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application and SQ.  To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide

Applications and SQs will be reviewed by the Human Resources Department.  Those applicants possessing the most pertinent qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will include:

Written Examination: (Weight of 50%) will evaluate candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. This examination may include questions related to Building Code, Residential Code, structural, math, public relations, reading comprehension and/or other related topics. 

Oral Interview Examination: (Weight of 50%) which will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education, and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. 

Testing is tentatively scheduled for the week of September 6, 2021 and/or week of September 27, 2021.
The Human Resources Department may waive one or more examination components. When one weighted section is waived, the remaining section will receive a weight of 100%. Candidates must achieve a passing score in every component of the selection process administered in order to continue in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list. The order in which examinations are scheduled may be different than the order in which they appear above or may be scheduled simultaneously. 

Job Address

20 Civic Center Plaza (M-24), PO Box 1988, Santa Ana, California United States View Map