Plans Examiner C (Building)


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City of Austin Development Services Department
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Posting Title Plans Examiner C (Building)
Job Requisition Number COA077477
Position Number 107002
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name DSD-Residential Plan Review

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Minimum Qualifications     

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, or other field related to design or construction and four (4) years of responsible experience in architecture, building inspection, or building plans examination.
  • One (1) additional year of relevant work experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education with a maximum substitution of four (4) years.
  • Master’s degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

  • Building Plans Examiner C employees shall meet the requirements of a Building Plans Examiner B plus an additional requirement from the following: obtain an applicable ICC Commercial Energy Plans Examiner or Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification; demonstrate successful completion of the Texas Accessibility Academy; ICC Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification; demonstrate completion of an additional IDP knowledge/skills subcategory; or demonstrate completion of an additional 120 hours in an AXP Experience Area in a manner that would be acceptable to NCARB and TBAE.
  • Mechanical Plans Examiner C employees shall meet the requirements of a Mechanical Plans Examiner B plus an ICC Commercial Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification; or an additional certification in a related field by ICC, IAPMO, NFPA or other recognized authority.
  • Electrical Plans Examiner C employees shall meet the requirements of an Electrical Plans Examiner B plus an ICC Commercial Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification; or an additional certification in a related field by ICC, NFPA or other recognized authority.
  • Plumbing Plans Examiner C employees shall meet the requirements of a Plumbing Plans Examiner B plus an additional requirement from the following: Plumbing Plans Examiner certification by ICC or other recognized authority; or an additional related certification issued by a recognized source such as the ICC Commercial Energy Plans Examiner Certification, State of Texas Medical Gas Certification, or Backflow Preventer Assembly Tester (BPAT Certification).
  • Zoning Plans Examiner C shall meet the requirements of a Zoning Plans Examiner B plus an additional requirement from the following: ICC Zoning Inspector certification; demonstrate completion of 16 contact hours of training (formal classes or documented on the job training) in the core competencies established by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); demonstrate successful completion of the Texas Accessibility Academy; ICC Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification; demonstrate completion of an additional IDP knowledge/skills subcategory; or demonstrate completion of an additional 120 hours in an AXP Experience Area in a manner that would be acceptable to NCARB and TBAE.
  • An employee who is certified by ICC or other recognized authority as a Certified Building Official (CBO) shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for the Plans Examiner C position.
  • An employee who is a Texas registered professional engineer (PE) or is an active Engineer-In-Training (EIT) for a related discipline shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for the Plans Examiner C position.
  • An employee who is a Texas registered architect (RA) or has passed the Architect Registration Examination shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for Building or Zoning Plans Examiner C positions.
  • An employee who is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for Zoning Plans Examiner C position.

Notes to Applicants     

This position will support the Residential Volume Builder Program, an optional expedited review program available for volume builders. Duties as described in the “Duties, Functions and Responsibilities” section of this posting.
More specific functions are:

  • Receiving and processing applications for new volume builder communities submitted by Volume Builder registrants.
  • Diverting reviews to Third Party Contractor, and monitoring the Third Party Review Contract budget.
  • Assigning work to staff
  • Performing technical building codes reviews
  • Issuing rejection comments and approvals
  • Monitor performance of volume builder participants through audit reviews.
  • Other related duties as assigned and necessary to meet business needs, including leadership role are possible.

When completing a City of Austin Application:

  • A detailed, complete online City of Austin employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
  • A cover letter and resume must be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete online City of Austin employment application.
  • Employment history dates must include month and year. Please verify that the employment history, dates, month, and year, on your resume exactly match the online employment application.
  • Please attach proof of any certifications that you may have that will help to assess your qualifications for the position.

Pay Range $27.34 – $35.41 per hour
Hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional hours evenings and/or weekends may be required based on business needs.
Job Close Date 01/10/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Development Services Dept
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to the “Minimum Qualifications”, and “Licenses and Certifications” required for the Building Plans Examiner C, and the required “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities” listed above, the ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate direct and relevant involvement in architectural or engineering building design, construction, building inspections, or technical building plan review.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the International Residential Code.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the City of Austin Land Development Code.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities     

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Utilize computerized software plan review programs and perform reviews of ink or pencil generated design drawings and maps.
  • Develop, analyze, and generate technical reports by preparing a variety of reports, correspondence and official documents related to the review and approval of construction related permits.
  • Research, investigate, and respond to appropriate parties by meeting with other city of Austin departments, external agencies, and those affected by projects being reviewed.
  • Performs comprehensive review of design drawings and calculations for the full range of alterations to existing buildings and construction of new buildings for compliance with applicable building codes, other construction and land development related codes, policies and precedents.
  • Performs calculations to verify the adequacy of designs based on construction principles, prepares written correction comments, meets with applicants to explain corrections and approves complex corrected plans.
  • Identifies and advises contractors, design professionals, owners and other parties of areas of non-compliance, and approves solutions to difficult code applications.
  • Assists DSD inspectors as needed during construction to monitor projects for compliance with approved design drawings and specifications.
  • Assists DSD inspectors and contractors with project revisions and code interpretations during construction
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding difficult aspects of the code.
  • Verifies that other City Departments have completed and documented reviews and approvals of submitted plans as required.
  • Performs research and analysis of existing building records to determine impacts on proposed designs.
  • Assists and advises other staff with the technically more difficult aspects of construction and related codes. Participates in the training of other staff in plan review work.
  • Assists with code development activities for ordinances adopting related codes.
  • Performs related duties of a comparable type/level as assigned.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, and guidance to others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities     

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of building codes and related state and local regulations with regard to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing codes. Certain positions require an extensive knowledge of zoning regulations and the ability to research the City of Austin’s zoning regulations.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and techniques for one or more of the following professional disciplines:
  • Architecture; Civil, Environmental, Structural, Plumbing, Mechanical and/or Electrical Services or Engineering; Zoning aspects of land planning.
  • Knowledge of architectural and engineering principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of construction practices.
  • Knowledge of architectural drawing practices, symbols and abbreviations.
  • Knowledge of various phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting complex architectural and engineering plans and specifications, including shop drawings.
  • Skill in the use of common computer software programs, including productivity software, computer aided design software, and data entry for databases.
  • Skill in performing complex analyses to determine compliance with or deviation from applicable codes, including the analysis of alternate methods of compliance or performance based design.
  • Skill in communicating code requirements orally and in writing to architects, contractors, developers and the general public
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other employees, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to maintain records.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position does not require a criminal background investigation

EEO/ADA     

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.
Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    * The minimum qualifications for this position are graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture or other field related to design or construction and four (4) years of responsible experience in architecture, building inspection, or building plans examination. One (1) additional year of relevant work experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education with a maximum substitution of four (4) years. Master’s degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years. Do you meet these qualifications?
       
    * Please describe your ability to demonstrate direct and relevant involvement in architectural or engineering building design, construction, building inspections, or technical building plan review.Please include any relevant experience.

    * Do you have experience with the International Residential Code? Please provide details of your experience.

     * Do you have experience using the City of Austin's Land Development Code? If so please explain in what capacity and how much experience.

    * Please list any certifications and/or credentials that you possess that will help to determine your level of qualification for this position.

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume