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Senior Plans Examiner

Washington County, Hillsboro, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/15/2019

JOB # 2019-330

Are you experienced in reviewing construction plans for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings? Do you have a passion for ensuring the safety of building occupants? Are you looking for the next step on your career path? If so, Come Lead with Us by joining the Department of Land Use and Transportation as a Senior Plans Examiner!

The Building Services section of the Planning and Development Services division is currently recruiting for a Senior Plans Examiner. The Building Services section is a full-service building permit office providing permitting, plan review and inspections for all phases of construction on commercial and residential properties in unincorporated Washington County and inside the city limits of Banks, Gaston and North Plains.

The Senior Plans Examiner coordinates, directs, manages and participates in the review of construction plans of commercial and residential properties for compliance with County, State, and Federal codes and regulations; mechanical and fire codes; and applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Additionally, the Senior Plans Examiner monitors and evaluates the work of Plans Examiners to ensure the work is completed in a timely and efficient manner, providing education and training as needed. The incumbent administers and enforces established policies and procedures, managing the building review process with building owners, architects, engineers, representatives, and designers to address code issues or plan deficiencies, and notifying applicants of required alterations. This role also provides accurate and thorough responses by email, telephone, or in person to inquiries from the public regarding code-related issues during the design process; researches and suggests alternate methods or materials; and provides interpretation of codes and proper application to ensure a code compliant building. The successful candidate will document issues and resolve complaints; provide updates and information to immediate supervisor concerning work progress; and identifies and communicates present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing problems.

The ideal candidate works effectively as a member of the Building Services Team. The objective for Plan Reviewers is to work collaboratively with staff, owners, designers, contractors and other interested parties to assure that minimum building standards are met for the safety of the current and future occupants and owners. The successful candidate has great customer service and interpersonal skills. They have good time management and prioritization skills, and are able to multi-task, juggling several project simultaneously.

Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A minimum of two (2) years of construction or inspection related experience, or its equivalent; OR
Completion of a one-year building inspection technology related education program and a minimum of one (1) year of construction, design, or inspection related experience; OR
Possession of a two-year Associate's Degree in building inspection technology or its equivalent; OR
Be a registered Oregon architect, registered Oregon professional engineer, or have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in architecture, civil, or structural engineering; AND
Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in performing journey level work in the review and examination of building or residential construction plans.

If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.

Possession of:

Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC); AND
Oregon Residential One and Two Family Dwelling Structural Plans Examiner Certification, or International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector certification, or ICC Residential Plans Examiner Certification; AND
Oregon A-level Structural Plans Examiner Certification or International Code Council (ICC) Commercial Building Plans Examiner Certification; AND
Oregon A-level Mechanical Inspector Certification or ICC Commercial Mechanical Inspector Certification; AND
Oregon Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner Certification or ICC Fire Plans Examiner.
Must be able to obtain all required certifications within six (6) months of appointment.
A driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.


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