CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 906
Established: 11/90
Revised: 4/13
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3

PLANS EXAMINER

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to review industrial, commercial and 1 and 2 family dwelling building plans for compliance with the State residential, structural and mechanical specialty codes; to perform fire and life safety inspections and plan reviews; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Building Codes Division within the Department of Transportation and Development is responsible for administering the State of Oregon building and related codes and Clackamas County ordinances and regulations.

The Plans Examiner reviews plans for building projects and mechanical systems of all types, sizes and complexities with the exception of high rise structures.  This position is distinguished from the Structural Engineer classification by the latter's registration as a professional engineer and responsibility to review building projects and mechanical systems of all sizes, types and complexities with no exceptions. 


TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

1. Reviews building plans for compliance with residential, structural, mechanical and fire and life safety codes; reviews fire sprinkler and fire alarm system installation plans; reviews other types of plans and specifications related to a project.
 
2. Performs field inspections when required on specific projects, singly or jointly with field inspectors and fire service; writes inspection reports, noting approvals or disapprovals and corrections needed; places "stop work" orders as necessary.
 
3. Assists in solving code related problems during both plan review and construction stages with homeowners, contractors and design professionals; evaluates and advises on alternative methods or materials to satisfy code requirements.
 
4. Cooperates with fire prevention officials on projects in their districts during plans review and inspection stages.
 
5. Participates in preliminary project meetings with architects, engineers, builders, owners and personnel from other divisions of the Department.
 
6. Provides codes and permits related information to the public.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: State of Oregon residential, structural and mechanical specialty and fire and life safety codes provisions.

Working knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of civil, structural and mechanical engineering; building construction methods and materials; County field inspection procedures and practices; County permit process and zoning regulations; English grammar and composition.

Skill to: Communicate effectively and respectfully, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; elicit the cooperation of builders, design professionals and other concerned parties; maintain and complete accurate records; read and understand building plan details, including specifications, calculations and details; read and understand maps, legal descriptions and zoning laws; effectively operate computer equipment and software programs utilized by the County.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors; some physical exertion may occur during inspections, but physical demands are typically minimal.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Oregon Inspector Certifications and required experience apply to the following required certifications:

• State of Oregon Fire and Life Safety or International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner
• State of Oregon A-level Plans Examiner or International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner
• State of Oregon A-level Structural Inspector or International Code Council (ICC) Commercial Building Inspector
• State of Oregon A-level Mechanical Inspector or International Code Council (ICC) Commercial Mechanical Inspector
• State of Oregon 1 and 2 Family Plans Examiner or International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector
• State of Oregon 1 & 2 Family Structural Inspector or International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector
• State of Oregon 1 & 2 Mechanical Inspector or International Code Council (ICC) Residential Mechanical Inspector.

Possession of or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire: State of Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Inspector Certification.

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment.  Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.