Senior Commercial Combination Plans Examiner

  • 002130

SUMMARY: Under the supervision and authority of the building official, 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 two or more areas of functional discipline, i.e., structural, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing; informs contractor regarding code requirements; interprets architectural/engineering drawings; and performs related duties as assigned. Assumes a leadership role in ensuring projects reviewed are progressing through the system in accordance with established targets and coordinates meetings with customers, both internal and external, and outside agencies to achieve desired objectives.

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)
  • Reviews applications submitted to the Construction Services Department for compliance with the governing codes and statutes.
  • Documents deficiencies discovered utilizing the City computer database in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Explains complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner to non-technical persons.
  • Communicates effectively the required corrective actions to the Department’s customers within a larger contextual framework to ensure the customer understands each discipline and agency’s involvement, function and requirements. Coordinates meetings with applicants and other agencies / disciplines as necessary to achieve this objective
  • Demonstrates effective stewardship of the resources in time and materials provided by the City.
  • Balances the need for code compliance with customer service.
  • Demonstrates respect the customer’s time and resources in the process.
  • Reviews complex plans to ascertain compliance in two or more functional areas of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and related codes and standards.
  • Answers questions in person and on the phone regarding plans and code and regulatory requirements in general,
  • Assists customers to obtain information not necessarily directly related to reviews in disciplines personally conducted
  • Researches codes for approval or disapproval of submitted plans, especially in unusual or unique installations.
  • Drafts correspondence explaining reasons a plan was disapproved and offers alternative methodologies and materials which satisfy applicable criteria
  • Files new and completed plans as required.
  • 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. Suggests training subjects and venues which are appropriate for the Department and researches alternatives.
  • Within available time constraints reviews existing processes and procedures and suggests improvements in the Department’s activities which will improve customer service, increase effectiveness, or increase efficiency.
  • May also perform inspections as required, within appropriate licensure.
  • Proven knowledge two or more functional areas of building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing codes and related 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.
  • High level understanding of the underlying statutory and regulatory framework within which the Department operates.
  • High level analytical skills to objectively review existing work methods and suggest alternatives which satisfy both regulatory requirements and the customer’s needs.
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 and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

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 previous supervisory experience in a Building Department operation. Requires State licensure in two or more functional areas as a Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Plans Examiner and licensure in two or more functional areas as a Building, Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Inspector, or ICC certifications as plans examiner and building inspector in two or more trades or equivalent and ability to obtain Florida’s Standard Plan Review Licenses and Standard Inspector Licenses within two (2) years from date of employment, along with ability to obtain provisional licensure in two or more trades of each at the time of hire. A valid Florida driver’s license is required; a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

Last revision date: October 2010