Plan Checker I/II/Engineer

$7,789 - $11,944 monthly
  • City of San Mateo
  • San Mateo, CA, USA
  • Nov 15, 2023
Full time Community Development Planning

Job Description

Why Join our Department?

You’ll be joining a team of talented professionals in a dynamic, collaborative work environment dedicated to serving the San Mateo community. You will work alongside a team of focused and highly motivated professionals who use their talent to provide essential development review and inspection services to our residents and businesses daily basis.  The Plan Checker I/II/Engineer is an exciting opportunity for a talented professional to join a great organization and make a valuable contribution to the Building Division within the Community Development Department.  You can review the detailed job description for Plan Checker I/II/Engineer on the City’s website.

What You’ll Do:

Depending upon class level and assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review and examine construction documents, plans and specifications for one and two family, and multi-family residential, and basic commercial and industrial projects.
  • Conduct plan checks on commercial and residential building structures; review structural calculations, fire resistance requirements, earthquake resistance and soils engineering. Conducts plan checks for commercial buildings to be remodeled and/or altered.
  • Confer over the phone or in person with homeowners, builders, engineers, contractors, architects and the public to give information and interpret building codes and regulations and permit requirements; recommends necessary changes to obtain compliance with applicable building and zoning codes and regulations.
  • Review corrected plans for conformity with requirements; ensures that proper building permit requirements are met.
  • Receive and assess fees for new development and construction projects.  Issue and process building permit applications.
  • Maintain records of incoming plans and those completed.
  • Conduct field inspections as required. Make on‑site construction inspections on occasion, when required to confirm that construction complies with approved plans and specifications.
  • Coordinate plan check activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.
  • Initiate appropriate action to enforce code compliance.
  • Prepare reports and written correspondence to architects, engineers, contractors and others related to the correction of plans and engineering detail.
  • Confer with building inspectors on building related problems arising in the field during construction.
  • Coordinate construction plans examination processes with those of other City departments and units.
  • Monitor changes and legislation pertaining to assigned work; investigate new materials and substitute materials, and new methods of structural design; recommend appropriate changes in the building codes and regulations to the Building Official or designee.
  • Assist in staffing the public counter; issue building permits as required.  Maintain accurate records and write reports regarding the work as required.

 Who You Are

  • Innovative doer who welcomes challenge, is resourceful and works well both independently and with others.
  • Detail oriented individual who finds it rewarding to work with the community on building codes and regulations.
  • Exceptional communicator (oral and written) with superior interpersonal skills.
  • Able to exercise good judgement and decision making abilities
  • You have problem solving skills, collaboration/interpersonally effective, accountability, planner and organizer, strategic thinker, excellent
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers. Work cooperatively with team members.

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

·     Plan Checker I:  You have the equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by mathematics through trigonometry and two years of experience in building inspection, or engineering technical support work on construction projects which have involved the review and/or preparation of building plans and specifications.  You possess, or have the ability to obtain within probationary period, a Plan Examiner Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other equivalent state, national or international association.

·     Plan Checker II: (In addition to Plan Checker I requirements): Two years of plan checking experience at a level equivalent to the City's class of Plan Checker I.

·     Plan Check Engineer:  You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering, architecture, or a closely related field.  You have three years of increasingly responsible experience in building structural design and/or structural plan checking.  You possess a Certificate of Registration as professional engineer in the State of California.  Possession of, or have the ability to obtain within probationary period, a Plan Examiner Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other equivalent state, national or international association.

Bonus Points (highly desirable)

  • College level coursework in pre-engineering or construction technology is desirable and may be substituted for the experience at the Plan Checker II level on a year for year basis.
  • Two or more years’ experience in structural and/or architectural plan reviews or inspection work related to building code compliance.
  • You have a CASp certification.
  • You have a valid California Driver’s License.

ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:  Ability to work in a standard office environment with ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, stoop, reach, twist, and climb.  Some exposure to noise, outdoors, electrical hazards, dust, and mechanical hazards.

What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement – 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.   Classic employees contribute 8.30% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Programs:  Deferred Compensation plan with City match up to 0.5% of base salary, City will contribute 0.5% of base salary to the deferred compensation plan, and 1% city contribution to a Retirement Health Savings Account
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo City Employees' Association

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé, and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.  

Application Deadline

Recruitment will close on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 5 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, résumés, and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Examination Process

All applications, résumés (highly recommended) and responses to supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A fully completed application is required; a resume does not replace the information required on the employment application, including work history.  Applications with "see résumé" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with none or unclear current/past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these. A Zoom oral panel interview is tentatively scheduled for January 9, 2024.

An employment list will be established from those who pass the examination process.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list.  The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months.  Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted – November 14, 2023