Senior Plan Check Engineer Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Senior Plan Check Engineer

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$44.71 - $54.35 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites applicants for the temporary position of Senior Plan Check Engineer. This a non-benefited position; employees are limited in working a maximum of 25 hours per week not to exceed a 1000 hours per fiscal year. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of eligible applicants for future vacancies.

Note: All applicants must provide a copy of a college degree or unofficial college transcripts and copies of the required certification listed under License and Certificates by the final filing date of this recruitment. Applications will be incomplete without these required documents.

Summary of Duties: To supervise, participate in and perform the more complex and professional plan review; to oversee activities of permitting, records management and development review; and to participate in the enforcement of the City’s codes for development.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the advanced journey and supervisory level in the Plan Check series.  Assignments are based upon complexity of the project, requiring the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in prioritizing, scheduling, assigning and coordinating work.  Incumbents are expected to perform the most complex plan review with a substantial level of professional training and experience.

Receives general direction from the Department Director or designee. Exercises general supervision over professional technical and administrative support staff.

Essential Job Functions

1.    Respond and take appropriate action to public inquiries and concerns related to permit submittals, counter questions and general inquiries with regard to all community development projects.   
2.    Oversee and coordinate overall customer service for plan review and permit processing.
3.    Prepare and supervise plan check and permit issuance.
4.    Make oral presentations at City Council or other boards as assigned.
5.    Monitor the annual budget for contract plan review staff.
6.    Monitor State and City fees for compliance with the budget documents and fee and charge reports.
7.    Plan, assign, direct and supervise the work of plan review subordinates for a variety of community development projects.
8.    Prepare and review plans specifications, estimates and technical reports for accuracy, suitability, and completeness with interpretation of the adopted codes.
9.    Prepare written reports and correspondence.
10.    Confer with contractors, consulting engineers, sub dividers, and members of the public on complex development projects.
11.    Perform and supervise complex engineering design review.
12.    Oversee the work of the City’s outside plan check consultants and coordinate with outside plan check consultants for consistency and accuracy in plan reviews.
13.    Review and prepare comments for all levels of project review.
14.    Coordinate with other City departments in the permitting and plan checking process.
15.    Review development proposals and building plan checks and prepare conditions of approval and recommend corrections.
16.    Provide input regarding permit tracking systems and procedures to resolve problems and improve efficiency.
17.    Work as single point of contact for complex projects.
18.    Maintain the information distribution aspect of the Permit Services Division, including handouts, Web updates, and staff training.
19.    Works with other staff to develop and implement overall development review process.
20.    May coordinate the preparation, distribution, explanation, tabulation and review of new code interpretations.
21.    Promote and maintain safety in the workplace.
22.    Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: 
•    The methods, materials, techniques, and practices employed in building design, construction, and inspection.
•    Civil engineering principles as they pertain to building construction.
•    Building structural engineering principles and practices.
•    Applicable City, State and Federal laws, codes and ordinances.
•    Building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and related codes and regulations.
•    Forms, permits, plans, and specifications used in a building inspection and code enforcement program.
•    Methods of report preparation and presentation.
•    Past and current building code standards.
•    Principles of organization, administration, and budget management in municipal government.
•    Principles and practices of administration, supervision, training including team building, workload planning, establishing goals and objectives and problem-solving techniques.
Ability to: 
•    Review and perform complex plan review engineering work, computations verifying, design and construction of a variety of community development projects.
•    Prepare clear, concise and accurate reviews of specifications and technical reports.
•    Accurately interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
•    Conduct engineering inspections in the field.
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
•    Deal tactfully and effectively with the general public, civic and community groups and public officials.
•    Coordinate the work of personnel assigned.
•    Communicate with other engineers and other City personnel regarding the conduct and completion of submitted projects.
•    Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
•    Operate a personal computer and applicable software programs.
•    Supervise, train and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.
•    Effectively organize workload. Assist in developing Department policies and procedures in area of assignment.
Skills to:
•    Plan, direct, and supervise the work of others; examine building plans, calculations, and specifications for accuracy and compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.
•    Perform, review and document the review of engineering calculations; prepare and deliver public presentations. 

Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil or structural engineering or architecture.

Experience: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible supervisory and professional experience as a plan checker preparing and/or reviewing plans for conformance with ICC model codes.

Licenses and Certifications: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Possession of a certificate of registration as a civil or structural engineer in the State of California. Possession of an International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Plans Examiner. Employee must complete AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training within six months of appointment and every two years thereafter.


Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines and related equipment; vision sufficient to read printed materials, visual display terminals, detailed fine writing on plans and specifications for development projects, and distinguish colors for design evaluation purposes; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in a normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and reach overhead as needed; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, physical strength to lift up to 30 lbs.; physical stamina sufficient to sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions. 

Business office working environment subject to sitting at a desk or counter for long periods of time, bending, crouching, or kneeling at files, pushing/pulling of file drawers and supplies, reaching in all directions and prolonged periods of time working at a computer terminal.  Occasional field inspections to investigate field problems affecting code compliance and/or resolve code interpretation. Occasionally includes driving to job sites, trainings and off-site meetings.  Occasionally conduct City business during evening hours, including occasional weekend and irregular hours.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. 

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application and provide a copy of the DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Department, at 831-758-7254.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated based on the information provided on the employment application. The exam process may consist of an application appraisal, oral interview, performance exam and/or written exam. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.

The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. TheCity of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.

SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step. 
For questions, please contact Sylvia Enriquez, Senior Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 758-7259 or


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