Plans Examiner- Mechanical /Plumbing

  • Santa Ana, California
  • Sep 29, 2022
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $89,556.00 - $120,060.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Description The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a passion for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.
Performs professional and technical specialized plan examining and inspection of residential, multi-family dwelling, industrial, and commercial building plans to determine compliance with codes, ordinances, and regulations relating to building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing requirements.
This recruitment process will fill this immediate vacancy with an individual who specializes in mechanical and plumbing.

This position is open until further notice and can close at any time without advance notice. You are encouraged to apply immediately! First application review is scheduled for

October 19, 2022.

Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To
  • Examines and reviews plans submitted for residential, multi-unit dwelling, industrial, and commercial building plans to comply with California building codes, regulations, city ordinances, and other applicable regulations; ensures compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing requirements.
  • Evaluates applications and proposals for completeness; reads and interprets plans; performs mathematical plan calculations to determine regulatory compliance; explains codes, ordinances, and regulations; approves, disapproves, and notates plan corrections in writing; coordinates plan approvals with other City staff and outside regulatory agencies; and advises applicants of plan review process and status.
  • Advises, assists, and responds to inquiries from engineers, architects, contractors, homeowners, and the public with regard to City policies and procedures, and interpretation and application of pertinent technical codes, ordinates, and regulatory requirements; evaluates test reports; and assists in resolving field issues.
  • Assists other department staff regarding plans and documents for permits and technical matters; advises and assists field inspectors, planners, and other staff regarding complex installations, and regulations and zoning requirements and issues; and attends meetings and functions relating to plan check reviews and building safety.
  • Assists at the public counter by calculating fees, issuing permits, and providing general and technical information.
  • Perform field inspections, as needed; including inspections on complex electrical mechanical plumbing (EMP) or photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • Prepares and maintains correspondence, files, reports, and records regarding plan check activities, program, and procedures; reviews and makes recommendations regarding departmental forms, practices, and procedures.
  • Researches and maintains knowledge of applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Inputs work records into computerized systems for tracking and reporting; researches records and files, as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications Three (3) years of responsible experience performing one or more of the following plan review disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing, preferably for a public agency. Equivalent to the completion of high school, supplemented by college level coursework in engineering, architecture, construction, or a related field. Minimum qualifications may be met via an equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions. Experience and education must provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: Principles and practices of one or more of the following disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems; plan check review methods and requirements; building construction methods, practices, techniques, and materials; principles and techniques of field inspection; pertinent federal, state, and local codes, and regulations, including the California building safety codes and any applicable building regulations and ordinances regarding building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing; permit issuance process; basic safety practices and procedures; business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; research methods and techniques; report preparation; record management practices and procedures; effective customer service techniques; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment; and applications related to work. Skill in: The use of a personal computer and business software applications, such as Microsoft Word, and Excel; the operation of calculator and other modern office equipment; and dealing effectively with employees and the public with tact and discretion.
Ability to: Review and check complex plans and specifications and verify calculations to determine compliance of plans with codes, ordinances, and regulations; understand, interpret, and apply Citywide and departmental codes, policies, and procedures, and applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations, including California building safety codes relating to building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing; provide plan corrections needed to ensure compliance with regulations; resolve plan check review issues; apply technical knowledge and use sound inspection methods to evaluate construction for deviation from plans and specifications and ensure regulatory compliance; compile work related data; plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines; use sound judgement and develop creative recommendations; maintain appropriate, accurate, and effective recordkeeping; operate office equipment, including computer equipment and office software applications; communicate tactfully, clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with department management, City employees, attorneys, insurance companies, the public, and those contacted in the scope of work. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS International Code Council (ICC) or International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Plans Examiner certification is required prior to completion of the probationary work test period and is a condition of continued employment in this job classification. Possession and retention of a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License is a condition of continued employment in this job classification. Must be willing and able to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed.
Receives general supervision from the Senior Plan Check Engineer or other management staff. This is a non-supervisory position.
Environmental Conditions: Work is generally performed in a standard office setting; some work is performed in field and construction settings. Occasional travel to different sites is required. Works on various types of surfaces, including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Work involves extensive public contact. Incumbents are exposed to fumes, smoke, smells/scents, noisy conditions, lighting, dirt, dust, wind/pollen, and variable weather conditions. Physical Conditions: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in office, field, and construction settings; work around mechanical hazards, running machinery, and/or heavy equipment; operate vehicles; climb stairs and ladders; work in confined spaces; work at heights over ten (10) feet; occasionally reach, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, twist, stand, walk, climb, crawl, and lie down; continuously sit; operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, including the use of a computer keyboard and/or hand tools; utilize sight, hearing, speaking, reading, writing, and math ability to exchange information; and lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.
Selection Process All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form online and answer the supplemental questionnaire. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application. 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 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:

Oral Interview Examination : (Weight of 100%) will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education, and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. Candidates need a minimum passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list.

The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer. If you consider yourself a person with a disability, you may contact us regarding providing reasonable accommodation.

Part-Time employees accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every thirty (30) hours worked up to a maximum accrual of 6 days or 48 hours. Employees are eligible to use 3 days or 24 hours of accrued paid sick leave in a 12-month period. For additional information please visit the Department of Industrial Relations Website:

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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