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Working As A Plans Examiner

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $57,340

    Average Salary

What Does A Plans Examiner Do At Bureau Vertias North America

* Provide complete non-structural plan reviews of commercial, industrial and residential buildings for compliance with applicable codes and standards.
* May provide majority of the structural plan reviews of wood framed commercial, industrial, and residential buildings for compliance with applicable codes and standards and engineering principals.
* Assess and resolve complaints received from clients, applicants, public, designers, contractors or co-workers.
* May be assigned to provide basic plan reviews directly for jurisdictions, where the scope of work may include calculating construction valuations and permit fees, processing building permits, and reviewing contractors licensing, business licensing and owner/builder verifications (i.e. basic permit technician skills may be required).
* Prepare written plan review correspondence and update information into various computer software programs.
* Explain and answer client questions regarding generated plan review letters.
* May interact directly with clients and their staff

What Does A Plans Examiner Do At City of Richmond-Utilities

* The Department of Planning and Development Review is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Plans Examiner (Building).
* This position will handle both, plan review and field inspections.
* Duties include, but not limited to:_
* Examining plans submitted by contractors, engineers and applicants for compliance with single family residential building construction codes, which have been adopted into the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC);
* Interpreting the information shown on plans to determine whether the plans comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC);
* Determining whether the proposed construction shown on the plansare compliant withthe applicable codes;
* Meeting with engineers, owners and contractors to communicate the results of the review effort;
* Preparing letters and reports regarding the results of the plan examination efforts and the procedures to expedite permit processing;
* Coordinating the permit process to facilitate timely reviews by otherdepartments withintheagency or City;
* Communicating the results of the review effort with the owner of the project, their engineer and/or the contractor;
* Advising owners, contractors and engineers (face-to-face, email or phone) whether proposed construction techniques satisfy the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC);
* Advising applicants of changes needed in drawings so that the proposed construction will satisfy the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC);
* Preparing written documents for simple projects based on a verbal description from the permit applicant;
* Assisting, accepting and processing permit applications from technicians and engineers at the counter;
* Training inspectors regarding duties and procedures;
* Efficiently coordinatingpermit processing activities for other City Departments related to a project, so project remains on schedule;
* Examining buildings' systems intended for renovation and issuing detailed reports/reviews identifying areas of corrections/updates needed,so the building will be compliant with applicable codes for new use;
* Performing other duties that may be required to support the goals of City Council, the Department of Planning and Development Review and the Bureau of Permits and Inspections;
* Providing quality customer service to permit applicants.
* Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses

What Does A Plans Examiner Do At Clark County, NV

* Building Plans Review
* Reviews and examines plans and specifications, life safety packages, and master exit plans for residential, commercial, industrial, amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents for compliance with building and zoning codes and regulations.
* Electrical Plans Review – Reviews and examines electrical plans and specifications, life safety packages, and residential, commercial, industrial, amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents for compliance with building, electrical and zoning codes and regulations.
* Combination Plans Review (Tenant Improvements) – Reviews and examines tenant improvement plans and specifications, life safety packages, and master exit plans for residential, commercial, industrial, amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents for compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and zoning codes and regulations.
* Plumbing/Mechanical Plans Review
* Reviews and examines plans and specifications, life safety packages, and master exit plans for residential, commercial, industrial, amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical and zoning codes and regulations.
* Each Emphasis
* Reviews and examines plans and specifications, life safety packages, and master exit plans for residential, commercial, industrial, amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents for compliance with building and zoning codes and regulations.
* Provides lead direction, training and work review to a small group of plans examiners or other staff, organizes and assigns work, sets priorities and follows-up to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work.
* Provides services at a public counter to answer questions and approve plans.
* Provides input into the selection, evaluation, disciplinary and other personnel matters, and may counsel employees as required.
* Researches zoning codes, land use applications, NRS and County Development Codes.
* Provides technical information, assistance and direction to plans examiners in areas of expertise.
* Confers with developers, engineers, architects, contractors, property owners and others to give information regarding codes, regulations and procedures.
* Reviews engineering calculations for completeness, code compliance and accuracy.
* Forwards plan packages to other departments and agencies for review; coordinates review with them and coordinates the plans examination process to ensure that all applicable standards have been met.
* Recommends necessary changes to obtain compliance with accessibility, building, electrical, energy, mechanical, plumbing, zoning, and other codes and regulations; conveys this information to individuals submitting plans, and suggests alternative ways to meet the code requirements.
* Advises building inspectors and others regarding problems that may occur in the field.
* Maintains accurate records, logs and files of plans, plan review status and work performed.
* Monitors technical developments and legislation related to new materials and methods of construction, and zoning code changes; recommends procedural or ordinance changes as appropriate.
* Prepares reports, correspondence and a variety of written materials.
* Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
* Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; drives a personal or County vehicle to visit work sites and attend meetings

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How To Become A Plans Examiner

Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and considerable knowledge of construction trades. Inspectors typically learn on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.

Education

Most employers require inspectors to have at least a high school diploma, even for workers who have considerable related work experience.

Employers also seek candidates who have studied engineering or architecture or who have a certificate or an associate’s degree that includes courses in building inspection, home inspection, construction technology, and drafting. Many community colleges offer programs in building inspection technology. Courses in blueprint reading, vocational subjects, algebra, geometry, and writing are also useful. Courses in business management are helpful for those who plan to run their own inspection business.

A growing number of construction and building inspectors are entering the occupation with a bachelor’s degree, which can often substitute for related work experience.

Training

Training requirements vary by state, locality, and type of inspector. In general, construction and building inspectors receive much of their training on the job, although they must learn building codes and standards on their own. Working with an experienced inspector, they learn about inspection techniques; codes, ordinances, and regulations; contract specifications; and recordkeeping and reporting duties. Training also may include supervised onsite inspections.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Because inspectors must possess the right mix of technical knowledge, work experience, and education, employers prefer applicants who have both training and experience in a construction trade. For example, many inspectors have experience working as carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Many home inspectors combine knowledge of multiple specialties, so many of them enter the occupation having a combination of certifications and previous experience in various construction trades.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and local jurisdictions require construction and building inspectors to have a license or certification. Some states have individual licensing programs for construction and building inspectors. Others may require certification by associations such as the International Code Council, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Similarly, most states require home inspectors to follow defined trade practices or obtain a state-issued license or certification. Currently, 36 states have policies regulating the conduct of home inspectors; a few states are considering adding licensure or certification requirements for home inspectors.

Home inspector license or certification requirements vary by state but may require that inspectors do the following:

  • Achieve a specified level of education
  • Possess experience with inspections
  • Maintain liability insurance
  • Pass an exam

The exam is often based on the American Society of Home Inspectors and National Association of Home Inspectors certification exams. Most inspectors must renew their license periodically and take continuing education courses.

Inspectors must have a valid driver’s license because they must travel to inspection sites.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Inspectors must have good communication skills in order to explain any problems they find and to help people understand what is needed to fix the problems. In addition, they need to provide a written report of their findings.

Craft experience. Inspectors perform checks and inspections throughout the construction project. Experience in a related construction occupation provides inspectors with the necessary background to become certified.

Detail oriented. Inspectors must thoroughly examine many different construction activities, often at the same time. Therefore, they must pay close attention to detail so as to not overlook any items that need to be checked.

Mechanical knowledge. Inspectors use a variety of testing equipment as they check complex systems. In order to perform tests properly, they also must have detailed knowledge of how the systems operate.

Physical stamina. Inspectors are constantly on their feet and often must crawl through attics and other tight spaces. As a result, they should be somewhat physically fit.

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Plans Examiner Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    68.9%
  • Female

    27.8%
  • Unknown

    3.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.5%
  • Asian

    6.0%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    57.1%
  • Italian

    28.6%
  • Dakota

    14.3%

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Real Plans Examiner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Plans Examiner 4Leaf, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 30, 2014 $74,339
Urban/Waterfront Plan Examiner New York City Dept. of Small Business Services New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $60,000
Urban/Waterfront Plan Examiner New York City Dept. of Small Business Services New York, NY Feb 28, 2015 $60,000 -
$61,000
Urban/Waterfront Plan Examiner New York City Dept. of Small Business Services New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $60,000 -
$61,000
Urban/Waterfront Plan Examiner New York City Dept. of Small Business Services New York, NY Aug 03, 2016 $58,000 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Plans Examiner

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Top Plans Examiner Skills

  1. Contractors
  2. Architectural Plans
  3. Building Plan Reviews
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Confer with architects, designers, engineers and contractors in reconciling building plans with building codes.
  • Reviewed building and architectural plans for compliance with the applicable building codes and standards.
  • Completed building plan reviews for the city of Davis, California.
  • Performed Building Safety plan reviews according to codes adopted by City of Tucson Development Services Department.
  • Reviewed incoming commercial and residential projects, provided customer service.

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