Plan Check Engineer

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $44.90 - $60.17 Hourly USD


Essential Functions: These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Examines and checks building plans and calculations for completeness and compliance with applicable codes.

Assists the Chief Plans Examiner with the preparation of cases for presentation to the Access Board of Appeals.

Provides detailed structural technical review and analysis of geotechnical reports, soils reports, grading, lateral analysis and shear design, seismic design, wall, floor and roof design, post and beam analysis, wind load design, foundation analysis and design, and concrete masonry and steel design, etc.

Checks structural calculations and standards for conformity to codes.

Checks soil and geotechnical reports for requirements to engineered buildings, soil remediation projects, and footing and slab damaged buildings.

Prepares correction lists, returns plans and reevaluates plans which required corrections.

Prepares counter plan checks for room additions, interior alterations and other building proposals.

Answers questions and providing technical assistance to contractors, architects, engineers, owners and the public relating to building construction requirements and structural applications of the code.

May act in the absence of the Chief Plans Examiner and may act as a lead over plan checker, building technician and permit counter staff.

Provides technical assistance to Building Division staff as required.

Utilizes established formulas to establish permit fees and issues permits.

Prepares reports and records and may assist in certain related administrative functions such as research, analysis or codes, etc.

Makes field inspections as required.

Provides functional supervision to plan checker, building technician and permit counter staff.

Job Description


Under the direction of the Chief Plans Examiner, an incumbent performs responsible, technical work associated with checking commercial, industrial, multiple dwelling and residential building plans to ensure compliance with pertinent building and safety codes, ordinances and regulations; and to perform related duties as required.


This senior-level classification involves examining and checking building plans for compliance with applicable California Building Codes and other ancillary codes such as the California Plumbing Code, California Mechanical Code, California Electric Code and State disabled access related codes.  Work also involves checking structural calculations and standards for conformity to codes and engineering principles; and issuing permits for all types of building activity.  An incumbent is responsible for exercising considerable independent judgment on technical plan checking matters and providing functional guidance to inspectors and other staff members.  Work is reviewed by the Chief Plans Examiner to determine general progress, technical competence and adherence to pertinent policies and regulations.
  Applications must be completed and submitted online.  This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.  
First application review date is FridayAugust 30, 2019

Applications must be completed and  submitted on-line by the specified deadline .  Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application.   Applications may be rejected if incomplete .  Do not include "see attached resume" in your responses, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. 

Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.  The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components:  application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation.     Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. 

The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner.   The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.
It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address.    Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only  (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process).  Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.
All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to:  comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen). Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.
Note:  The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Additional Information

Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.           
Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Job Address

Costa Mesa, California United States View Map