Established: 06/03
Reactivated: 1/10
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3



Under general direction, to review industrial, commercial and 1 and 2 family dwelling building plans for compliance with the State of Oregon Structural and Mechanical Specialty Codes; to perform fire and life safety plan reviews and inspections; to lead the work of plans examiners; and to do other work as required.


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

The Plans Examiner, Senior is responsible for 1) reviewing plans for building projects and mechanical systems of all types, sizes and complexities with the exception of certain structural plan reviews, and 2) assigning work loads to other Plans Examiners, reviewing work for quality control and developing and conducting section training.

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. The Plans Examiner, Senior is distinguished from the Plans Examiner A by the latter's lack of responsibility for lead work and training.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews building plans for compliance with 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; forwards comments to contractors or other interested parties as needed.
  2. Leads the work of other plans examiners; assigns plans examiner section work load; assists in developing and monitoring time lines; reviews work upon completion and provides quality control; conducts section training sessions; communicates policies and monitors application; assists in maintaining development review guidelines and evaluating work performance.
  3. Assists in solving code related problems during both plan review and construction stages; evaluates and advises on alternative methods or materials to satisfy code requirements.
  4. Coordinates with the lead Structural/Mechanical Inspector on issues related to plan review and inspections; assists with field inspections, as needed.
  5. Holds pre-submittal meetings with architects, engineers, builders, owners and personnel from other divisions of the Department on complex projects.
  6. Resolves conflicts related to plan review and inspections with employees and customers.


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

Working knowledge of: Principles of lead work supervision; 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: Lead the work of assigned personnel; communicate effectively, 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 plans, maps, legal descriptions, and zoning laws.


Duties in the field require squatting, kneeling, balancing, climbing, and the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull objects. Duties also involve exposure to loud noises, moving traffic, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, working at heights on ladders and roofs, confined crawl spaces, and adverse weather conditions.


Possession of or the 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.


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

Edited: 07/16