Building Plans Examiner II

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SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, examines building plans for essentially new high rise buildings to enforce building, electrical, mechanical, gas, fuel oil and/or plumbing and fire sprinkler, zoning, disabled access and related codes within area of certification; informs contractor regarding code requirements; interprets architectural/engineering drawings; and performs related duties as assigned. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Reviews complex plans to ascertain compliance with applicable building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and air movement systems (HVAC), and/or zoning, energy, disabled access and related codes.
  2. Answers questions in person and on the phone regarding plans and code requirements.
  3. Researches codes for approval or disapproval of submitted plans, especially in unusual or unique installations.
  4. Drafts correspondence explaining reasons a plan was disapproved.
  5. Files new and completed plans.
  6. Reviews new materials and methods used in building construction; attends training courses to learn of new codes and other inspection regulations; takes an active part in the training process.
  7. May perform inspections as required, with appropriate licensure.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Proven knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing, zoning, energy and disabled access codes and regulations affecting work in high rise buildings.
  • Proven knowledge of the principles and practices of the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of construction and related materials and tools.
  • Proven skills in providing excellent customer service.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related software.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, codes and regulations.
  • Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves light to moderate generally in an indoor, but occasionally in an outdoor, high rise environment. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands, climb kneel, stoop, lift (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma and seven (7) years construction experience, plan review experience with at least three (3) years experience in plan review for high rise buildings or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Requires State licensure as a Building, Residential and Commercial Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Plans Examiner and as a Building, Residential and Commercial Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector, or ICC certifications as plans examiner and building inspector in appropriate trade or equivalent and ability to obtain Florida’s Standard Licenses within one (1) year from date of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.
FLSA Code: Non Exempt B/U: SEIU Last revision date: January 2007
 
Overtime: Yes
 
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