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Douglas County  3130
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PLANS EXAMINER
Pay Range MBD

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs regular to complex duties in examining and approving construction plans and specifications for compliance to appropriate State codes, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, city and county ordinances related to safety, health, and welfare of the public; determines value of structure and issues appropriate permits; performs building inspection duties when necessary. To promote effective and uniform enforcement of state plans examination, building, mechanical, and plumbing codes, the plans examiner must possess the appropriate type and level of certification for the plans being inspected.  Furthermore, the plans examiner is required to continue education in appropriate field and remain current in code changes through approved courses which earn affirmation credits.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Examine and evaluate building plans and specifications for structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire and life safety, recreational vehicle parks, manufactured home parks and zoning code compliance and accepted engineering practices; approve or disapprove plans.

2. Determine value of structure and necessary permits and fees; coordinate permit issuance with utilities, planning, and sanitary agencies; issue permits.

3. Provide information regarding permits, specialty codes, and compliance procedures to architects, engineers, builders, students, and the public.

4. As needed, inspect and evaluate structures while being constructed, remodeled, or repaired; approve or disapprove work; write correction notices; enforce appropriate state codes.

5. Inspect fire damaged structures; estimate necessary repairs.

6. Document plans examinations/inspections and establish and maintain record keeping.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of:  Thorough knowledge of structural design and engineering principles, practices, and procedures as relate to industrial, commercial, and residential plans and specifications to determine structural soundness; thorough knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon building, mechanical, and plumbing codes, city and county ordinances and zoning regulations that govern building, mechanical, and plumbing construction and manufactured home inspection methods.  Skill and Ability to:  Read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications; conduct plans examination/inspections, document findings, determine corrective actions, and implement compliance according to appropriate building codes; perform mathematical computations related to construction estimating. Ability to:  Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain records and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established rules and regulations and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, builders, architects, engineers, federal, state and city agencies, committees, utility companies and the public.

Education, experience and training:  Plans examiner is a classification requiring certification in one or more code areas of plans examination, e.g., structural, plumbing, mechanical, etc. through State administration testing OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.  At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license. Experience and training requirements for A-level and one and two family specialty dwelling code certifications are established in ORS 455.715 through .735, and OAR 918-098-0070 through 918-098-0090.

Desirable Qualifications:  Associate's degree in engineering; A-level certification in at least one other code area.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of the building services supervisor.  Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience.  The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation.  Employee estimates and manages time efficiently.  Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; state statute; Oregon Uniform Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes; city and county ordinances; zoning regulations; engineering reference material; manufacturer manuals.  Employee uses considerable judgment in determination and enforcement of appropriate codes.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT 

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment.  While in the office, work is mostly sedentary which requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding and some standing at the counter.  Field assignments for inspections require bending, climbing, crawling in confined areas, and walking in structures under construction and on uneven ground.  Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions.  A reasonable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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