Manager Engineering I (Plan Reviewer)

April 23, 2021
Charleston, SC
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Under the general direction of Engineering Manager II and the Director of Building Inspections, the selected candidate will review plans for the proposed construction of residential /commercial projects to ensure compliance with applicable codes and guidelines. Review residential/ commercial building plans and construction documents, and identify deficiencies in building plans. Discuss problems and deficiencies with permit applicants. Provide technical expertise and information. The employee is also responsible for interpreting, explaining, and researching applicable codes relating to residential/ commercial structures.

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $58,864 - $80,059 (Estimated Annual Salary)

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE: Submitted applications are reviewed by the hiring department, on a going basis, prior to the APPLICATION DEADLINE OF: FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021 or earlier if filled.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: Job duties also include customer service, routing of plan review and permit applications to appropriate points of responsibility, and interdepartmental coordination as necessary to ensure an efficient, high-quality, and accurate review and approval of departmental plan reviews and coordination with Planning, Zoning, and Storm water plan review requirements. Help coordinate the plan review process and provide commercial /residential plan review and technical guidance to ensure compliance with the technical codes and adopted ordinances for inspectors, design professionals, contractors, and owners. Proactively recommends changes to processes that increase efficiency, effectiveness and aid in improving customer services and satisfaction. Ensures the flow of work is following established procedures. Resolves procedural and technical conflicts among assigned staff and helps resolve disputes, misunderstandings, miscommunications, etc., between customers and design professionals.

Respond to questions and concerns from the public, design professionals, contractors, and businesses in both the office and in the field; explain and interpret requirements and restrictions. Coordinate with other departments on the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Review plans to ensure compliance with wind, seismic, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, FEMA, and life safety codes as required under federal, state, and local ordinances and laws, emphasizing on-site plan flood and life safety and resolving architectural issues. To assist office personnel with technical assistance and problem resolution, as needed.

Provide technical requirements and interpretations of construction-related codes, FEMA regulations, state laws and regulations (design professional registration, manufactured housing installations, and energy efficiency), and county ordinances for design professionals and the general public. Review required certifications for accuracy and completeness for specific structures and their locations as required by Federal, State, and local ordinances and laws to ensure structural requirements, proper elevation, and alternate means and methods as allowed by the codes. Update computer records concerning plan status, schedule meetings with design professionals, contractors and resolve problems when they arise between contractors and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education - Bachelor's Degree in the related fields of Engineering or Architectural preferred. Candidates that possess a combination of relevant experience and training that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the required duties will be considered. Licensure as an Engineer-In-Training with the ability to obtain a Professional Engineering License is preferred; however, candidates with applicable experience and licensure in other fields such as architecture, geology, and landscape architecture will be considered.

Minimum Qualification - A minimum of 5 years work experience in the construction field and three years' experience in plan review and/or in an architectural or engineering environment with the remaining years in building inspections, code enforcement, or related experience. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work may be acceptable.

Current, valid, South Carolina Driver License required.

  • Valid South Carolina driver's license showing a clean DMV record;
  • A favorable background investigation which includes:
  • Criminal history check
  • Employment history
  • Driving history
  • Medical/Physical examination, including drug testing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must have the ability to effectively utilize personal computers and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and other job-related software. Must communicate effectively in oral and written form. Ability to manage and prioritize routine, specialized, and complex assignments and problems while utilizing knowledge acquired through education, training, and experience. Must be able to adapt to a changing and continually improving environment. Within one year of employment, may be required to complete the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) courses needed to work in the Emergency Operations Center when activated, and the Residential Plans Examiner ICC Certification. Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Certifications: Every position requires specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and certifications for satisfactory job performance. List below the specific kinds of knowledge, skills, abilities and certifications that are required to do your job.

Knowledge :

  • Knowledge of County and departmental policies and procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of Building Codes and construction principles and practices
  • Extensive knowledge of adopted building, flood and stormwater ordinances
  • Extensive knowledge of State and Federal laws pertaining to construction and licensing
  • Principles and practices of engineering and/or architecture as applied to building construction and structural design

Skills :

  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Computer skills
  • Management skills
  • Map and plan reading
  • Detecting and documenting defects and deviations from permitting of construction activities and applicable codes and standards
  • Computer skills for data entry, word processing, spreadsheet development
  • Specifying appropriate corrective actions to remedy discrepancies and resolving operational, technical, and public relation problems

Abilities :

  • Ability to direct and train others in complex issues
  • Ability to defuse confrontational situations and resolve disputes in a professional manner
  • Ability to relay complex information to novices and experts in a clear and professional manner
  • Ability to apply complex codes and regulations to plans and buildings under construction

Certifications : Current or under a plan to obtain these certifications within a specified amount of time

  • Residential Plans Examiner ICC Certification.
  • Registered with the State of SC Building Codes Council as a Combination Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Building Plan Examiner ICC Certifications; others may be required within a specified amount of time.
  • Plumbing Plan Examiner
  • Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Electrical Plans Examiner
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certification 100, 200, 700 & 800
  • Building Codes and Standards Module Certification
  • Legal Module Certification

Closing Date/Time: 5/28/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

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