Engineering Plans Examiner

  • City of Maricopa, AZ
  • Maricopa, Arizona
  • Feb 20, 2020
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Engineering
  • Salary: $57,345.60 - $74,998.56 Annually USD

Job Description

General Summary

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned, and expected commensurate with the administrative needs ofthe city.
This position will be open until filled.

The role of an Engineering Plans Examiner in the City of Maricopa is to provide the best plan review services possible with an emphasis on excellent customer service. This means the Engineering Plans Examiner uses their code knowledge to the benefit of all that they contact during the course of their work. In this sense the Engineering Plans Examiner's customers include such people as the building owner, business owner, architect, engineer, superintendent, permit technician, planner, inspector, tenant, resident, etc. In essence, all who have a stake in the construction process or in the use of a finished building are to be considered customers.

As customers, all those who interact with the Engineering Plans Examiner are to be treated with respect. When problems arise, the Engineering Plans Examiner uses their exceptional knowledge to the benefit of the associated customers. This expectation may require creative problem solving, out of the box thinking, and a positive attitude to have the proposed projects move along the approval process in a timely and efficient manner while also ensuring that the minimum code standards are incorporated into the built environment as the code intends.

The City of Maricopa is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at . Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.
  • Reviews private development plans, reports, and plats (including geotechnical reports and survey documents) submitted by developers, landowners and engineers for adequacy of application and conformance to City engineering ordinances and standards.
  • Prepares documents for plan review by identifying corrections and inadequacies, making comments, and requiring that all corrections meet the requirements of pertinent City codes.
  • Classify and log new projects for plan review and create plan review reports. Prepare paperwork needed to process and issue permits.
  • Confers with and provides information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the general public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes; explains codes, requirements and procedures and evaluates alternatives.
  • Coordinates work with other city departments, contractors, regulatory bodies and other public agencies.
  • Prepares engineering documents, including agreements, maps, legal descriptions, resolutions and ordinances.
  • On an as needed basis, performs inspection and documentation of applicable construction activities.
  • On an as needed basis, coordinates and signs off on final walk-through of projects to verify all field conditions comply with specifications and standards; initiates letter of acceptance for release of Certificate of Occupancy when all work meets specifications and standards.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials, including staff reports and engineering reports.
  • Conducts studies and confers with the public regarding traffic issues.
  • Attends meetings with internal and external stakeholders and promotes department and or City activities and objectives.
  • Maintains liaison with other regulatory agencies and public or private entities, while fostering collaborative relationships to the mutual benefit of the City and these organizations.
  • Aids other employees or departments as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum and Preferred Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience
  • Two (2) years of full-time professional level experience in municipal plan reviews in a public sector setting.
  • Possession of a valid Arizona driver's license is required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a closely related field
  • Registration as a Land Surveyor (R.L.S);
  • Registration in the State of Arizona as a Professional Engineer with proficiency in civil engineering;
  • Five (5) or more years of full-time professional level experience in municipal plan reviews in a public sector setting;

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for Preferred Qualifications at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Competencies for Successful Performance of Job Duties

Knowledge of:
  • Engineering design theories and principles;
  • Construction and surveying theories and principles;
  • Applicable laws, regulations, codes, policies and engineering standard practices;
  • Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS and AutoCAD concepts and applications;
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with government agencies, community groups, various business, professional and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors and the public;
  • Professional written and oral communication skills;
  • Microsoft Office suite and MS Project;
  • City-wide safety policy and practices concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring.
Ability to:
  • Multi-task and be flexible, and work in a fast-paced and ever-changing diverse environment;
  • Work independently with minimal supervision and using independent judgment;
  • Maintain attention to detail resulting in high quality deliverables;
  • Apply the principles and practices of conflict and problem resolution to aid in the successful completion of development projects;
  • Identify, communicate and negotiate the resolution of complex issues;
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to expedite the development review process in order to enhance customer service;
  • Express ideas, both orally and written, to a variety of audiences, including public officials, managers, other city staff, developers, contractors and the general public
  • Prepare oral and written reports and maintain system tracking and performance records;
  • Operate standard office equipment and a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Work in a safe manner and report unsafe activity and conditions.
Skills required:
  • Developing and reviewing engineering plans and designs for municipal public works projects;
  • Advanced trouble-shooting methodologies;
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, including making public presentations to the City Council and / or commissions;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with professionals, other agencies, city staff, and the public;
  • Proficient in using office equipment, including a personal computer and software applications;
  • Analyzing municipal systems, procedures and controls, and recommending improvements.

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort including, but not limited to, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, etc. of objects and materials of light weight (generally 25 pounds and less). Tasks may involve extended periods of time in seated position and at a keyboard or workstation.
Project Management: Tasks require the ability to schedule, coordinate, and manage various projects of varying degrees of difficulty, size and complexity.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials: Tasks require the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials, commensurate with duties of the position.
Social and Interpersonal Communication Skills: Position requires professional social and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to function in a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction.
Reasoning: Position requires functional reasoning skills enabling the analysis of major problems that necessitate complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units. Position requires situational reasoning skills allowing for the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and innovation in situations involving broader aspects of the organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.

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