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Plan Check Engineer

Salary: $33.08-$40.38 hourly / $5,753-$7,023 monthly / Range: 6348

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, examines and checks architectural and structural drawings and specifications submitted for building permits to ensure conformance with building code requirements; provides professional level support to the management team; and performs related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Plan Check Engineer is distinguished from Assistant Plan Checker by the responsibility for performing reviews of all commercial, industrial, and the more complex residential plans. Plan Check Engineer is further distinguished from Assistant Plan Checker by the former's responsibility for performing complex engineering calculations and analyses.


1. Reviews architectural drawings and engineering specifications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with building, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy conservation, and disabled access codes and local building regulations.
2. Performs complex engineering calculations and analyses to check engineering calculations provided by applicants.
3. Suggests plan changes to applicants in order to bring drawings and specifications into compliance with state and local building codes and ordinances.
4. Advises other county plan checkers in the resolution of complex structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy conservation, and disabled access problems.
5. Advises the Building Official of recommended revisions to the Santa Barbara County Building Code to bring it into compliance with changes in the state codes.
6. Assists in establishing and/or revising departmental policies due to changes in methods of construction or field applications of the codes.
7. Trains departmental staff in application of new codes, policies, and procedures.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering and three years of experience in the review of building plans, including some commercial, industrial, and complex residential plans; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in architecture and three years of experience in the structural design of buildings; or,
3. four years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Assistant Plan Checker with the County of Santa Barbara, including the review of some commercial, industrial, and complex residential building plans and possession of a current registration as an International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Plans Examiner; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Desirable Qualifications: Registration in California as an Architect; or Civil, Structural, or Mechanical Engineer.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of civil engineering; applicable residential, commercial, and industrial building construction codes; structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, disabled access, and energy conservation requirements; and building construction practices, methods, and materials.

Ability to: read, interpret, and apply building codes and regulations to architectural drawings and engineering specifications; communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, engineers, builders, inspectors, and the general public; and train staff.


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