Assistant Plan Check Engineer

  • Santa Ana, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Engineering
  • Salary: $105,240.00 - $141,036.00 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitude, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a passion for public service. Having highly talented employees provides the best service to our community.
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.
The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Friday, December 1, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline .

Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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: DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES 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. HIGHLY DESIRABLE 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.

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. Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed 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:

Written Examination : (Weight of 50%) will evaluate candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors that 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%) 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 of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates need a minimum passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list. Candidates must achieve a passing score in every component of the selection process in order to be placed on the eligible list. The Human Resources Department may waive one or more examination components. When one weighted examination component is waived, the remaining section will receive a weight of 100%.

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.

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Summary of Benefits

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NOTE: A more complete set of specifications for this classification may be found on the City's website or on file in the Human Resources Department. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The types and levels of employee benefits provided, including City contribution toward benefit costs, are subject to change as a result of periodic contract settlements between recognized employee associations and the City of Santa Ana.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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