Mechanical Plans Examiner - Meridian

Job Title: Mechanical Plans Examiner
Department: Community Development
Reports To: Plan Review Supervisor
Open Date: February 14, 2019
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Salary Range: $20.49 - $30.73 per hour, DOE

Job Summary:

Performs mechanical plan reviews of residential and commercial construction projects that have received a building permit in the City of Meridian. Reviews plan specifications, sections of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) manual J, D, and S and accompanying mechanical engineering to verify compliance with the adopted mechanical codes and city ordinances. Advises design professionals, contractors, general public, and other city staff on mechanical code requirements. Exercises technical judgment and discretion based on extensive knowledge of the various ordinances, codes and regulations. Works independently while making decisions that require technical discretion and sound judgment. Work is performed under general supervision.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Reviews reports and calculations to verify compliance with sections of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manuals as referenced in adopted mechanical codes and city ordinances for code compliance, prior to permit issuance;

Creates written reports outlining design deficiencies for design professionals;

Reviews plan changes and modifications for projects under construction;

Responds to questions about mechanical codes. Provides mechanical code interpretations and technical advice;

Facilitates meetings with other plan reviewers for code changes and code updates as needed. Collaborates with plan reviewers on all deferred plan submittals and plan modifications received by the City;

Participates in pre-application meetings with applicants for projects of varying complexity and economic impact to verify completeness of permit applications, and construction documents to accept projects into the review system;

Verifies structures under construction are in compliance with city-reviewed and approved construction documents;

Communicates with mechanical inspectors, contractors and design professionals after the permit has been issued to resolve code issues encountered during construction;

Collaborates with the building official and other city personnel to confirm final project approvals as needed, before the certificate of occupancy is issued;

Handles sensitive and delicate situations with a high degree of confidentiality and in a courteous, professional, and timely manner;

Prioritizes and organizes own work to meet deadlines; Works independently and under the direction of the Plan Review Supervisor;

Operate office equipment, e.g., photocopier, facsimile machine. Perform general office duties like document scanning and other administrative tasks;

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

Job Specifications:

Associates degree in engineering, construction management or related field and/or experience in mechanical and fuel gas systems and codes are desirable;

Certifications by the International Code Council (ICC) as a commercial and residential mechanical plans examiner and energy plans examiner desirable at the time of hire; required within (12) months;

Work independently with limited oversight from supervisor and complete assignments in a timely fashion;

Read and interpret building plans; develop innovative and equitable solutions to complicated code issues;

Ability to interpret and effectively explain residential and commercial building code requirements, relevant standards and problems with architectural and structural plans to other city staff, owners, contractors, building tenants and designers;

Operate City required software including word-processing, permit tracking, email and internet related programs;

Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Possess current word processing, database, email, and internet computer software application knowledge;

Intermediate knowledge of the International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Energy Code (IECC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), ACCA Manuals J, D and S, and ACCA approved heating and cooling design software;

Knowledge of local ordinance amendments and codes; construction materials and properties; construction trade and common practices; time management principles and advanced customer service principles;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public in a professional and positive manner;

Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations;

Ability to communicate effectively with people who are angry, hostile or confused; maintain composure and exercise sound judgment in adverse conditions;

Provide and display team leadership and mentoring at all times;

Be a team player with an open mind and willingness to adapt to different situations.

Licensing and Other Requirements:

Valid driver’s license;

Residential and commercial mechanical inspector certifications from the International Code Council (ICC) desired at the time of hire; required within (12) months; a commercial mechanical plan review certification from the (ICC) International Code Council is desired at the time of hire; required within (12) months.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, and extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter;

Employees work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards;

Hazards associated with all conditions at construction sites for new and existing buildings in varying stages of completion: heavy equipment, falling hazards, open excavations and temporary safety installations;

Lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs., occasionally lifting/carrying up to 35 lbs.;

Pushing/pulling up to 10 lbs., occasionally pushing/pulling up to 35 lbs.;

Sensory ability to talk, hear, touch and feel;

Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance;

Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Travel Requirements:

Local travel is required using city-owned vehicles;

Possession of a valid Idaho driver’s license and a safe driving record is required.