Plan Checker I/II Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Plan Checker I/II

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$29.66 - $38.62 Hourly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites applicants for the temporary position of Plan Checker I/II. 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 perform plans examination to ensure compliance with building codes, applicable construction laws, state regulations, city ordinances and nationally recognized standards.

Distinguishing Characteristics: 
Plan Checker I This is the entry-level class in the Plan Checker series.  It is distinguished from the level II by performing the more routine and standardized plan checking tasks.  Incumbents typically have limited plan check experience and work under supervision while learning the full range of job tasks.

Plan Checker II This is the experienced, journey-level class in the Plan Checker series.  It is distinguished from the level I by the ability to perform the more complex building plans examination work and projects.

Supervision Received and Exercised:
Receives general supervision from the Permit Center Manager/Building Official. Exercises no supervision.

Essential Job Functions

Plan Checker I
1.    Process plan reviews and respond to a wide variety of requests for information and related inquiries including front counter submittals, questions and reviews.
2.    Review residential and less complex commercial construction/building plans, specifications and subdivision plot plans for compliance with established City standards, codes and regulations.
3.    Assist departmental permit and plan review processing with other departments and appropriate agencies.
4.    Calculate applicable permit fees and other charges.
5.    Maintain appropriate plan files and related documents and records.
6.    Prepare written reports and correspondence.
7.    Confer with builders, engineers, contractors, architects, and the public concerning site improvement construction/building codes and permit requirements.
8.    Conduct field verifications.
9.    Promote and maintain safety in the workplace.
10.    Perform related duties as assigned.  
Plan Checker II
1.    In addition to the examples of duties of Plan Checker I, review commercial industrial building plans and the more complex projects and systems. 

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Plan Checker I

•    Conventional construction for residential construction, remodels and additions; including mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures and all other applicable adopted codes and construction practices.
•    Principles and practices of record keeping. 

Plan Checker II
•    In addition to the items listed for level I, conventional and non-conventional construction for residential and commercial development including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, CALGreen, accessibility and all other applicable adopted code and construction practices.

Skill in: 
•    Performing design and traffic engineering. 

Ability to:
Plan Checker I

•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
•    Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies with regard to improvements applicable to all private development.
•    Read, interpret and review construction/building plans.
•    Review grading plans, Public Works design review and encroachment permits for compliance with established City standards, codes and regulations.
•    Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Plan Checker II
•    In addition to the items listed for level I, understand and evaluate basic engineering design.
Education and Experience: 
Plan Checker I

High school/GED supplemented by two years experience in building design, plan review or combination inspections. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering or architecture may be substituted for the required experience.
Plan Checker II
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering or architecture or four years of experience in building plan review or design.

Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver’s License
Plan Checker I
Obtain certification as a Residential Plans Examiner (R3) by the International Code Council (ICC) within one year of date of hire. 

Plan Checker II
Possession of certification as a Residential Plans Examiner (R3) by the ICC or other equivalent certification and obtain certification as a Building Plans Examiner (B3) by the ICC within one year of date of hire. Certificates must be kept current during course of employment.

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, computers, business machines and related equipment; vision sufficient to read visual display terminals, fine print and blueprints, distinguish colors; 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, to walk on uneven surfaces, through trenches and stairs, bend, stoop and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, physical strength to lift a full set of plans weighing 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 standing at a 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. Visit construction job sites.  Physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, ability to drive an automobile.

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. 

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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