This recruitment is being conducted to fill two current full-time vacancies. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year.
The Building Division is responsible for managing the construction permitting process. This process includes general public information, plan submittal, plan review, permit issuance, inspection and document retention. The Building Division is also charged with the task of ensuring that all additional approvals required by both inside and outside entities are obtained prior to the issuance of a building permit as well as prior to receiving final inspection approval.
The current vacancies are in the plans examining section which is responsible for those duties related to reviewing and approving building construction documents to ensure compliance with pertinent codes and ordinances; and to provide assistance to the public with respect to permit process, code application, and code interpretation. The department is currently seeking to enhance in-house plan check capabilities and is looking for a candidate with experience in plan review in any or all of the following areas: 1)Structural engineering components; 2) C.B.C Chapter 10 associated with means of egress and life safety; 3) C.B.C. Chapter 11B related to accessibility.
Candidates with extensive experience specifically related to building structural design and earthquake engineering are highly desirable. In addition, plan review experience in applying life safety and accessibility provisions is also highly desirable.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Review and check plans and specifications for buildings and structures proposed for construction or alteration; check plans for compliance with California building codes, state and local ordinances and codes, and accepted engineering practices; perform and review engineering calculations necessary for determining loads and stresses in accordance with specific code criteria, tables, pre-determined formulas or engineering analysis; approve plans meeting code and ordinance requirements and issue permits; calculate, accept, and account for permit and plan check fees; may conduct field inspections of proposed construction; confer with architects, engineers and contractors regarding features of plans found to be out of conformance with code or where proposed design or materials are clearly unacceptable; refer, discuss and receive instruction from structural engineer on designs which are of borderline acceptability or unique and highly complex in design; reject substandard plans with annotation of reasons for disapproval; advise applicants of changes necessary to bring plans to compliance; screen plans at the counter, provide information at the counter, by telephone, and through correspondence concerning building requirements, regulations, and fees; contact building inspectors regarding special problems relating to plan checking activities; maintain records and reports; perform related duties as assigned.
Principles and methods of building construction.
Methods and materials used in building construction and structural design including properties, application and strength of building materials.
Building design and engineering technology.
Engineering mathematics including algebra, trigonometry, plane and solid geometry.
California Building, Electric, Plumbing, Mechanical Codes and state energy conservation and utilization statutes.
Building materials and practices in the plumbing, mechanical and electrical construction field.
Read, understand, interpret and explain blueprints, building plans, specifications and engineering calculations.
Distinguish between intent of applicable rules and the letter of the law.
Develop and apply creative solutions to issues raised during plan review process.
Interpret and enforce laws and regulations.
Analyze building plans to detect deviations from regulations.
Make mathematical computations related to engineering calculations.
Make decisions in the face of completing interests or goals.
Determine loads and stresses on structural members and analyze beam sizes from tables and manuals.
Analyze situations accurately, make recommendations and under direction take appropriate action.
Meet established deadlines.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Keep records, prepare reports, and develop computer skills.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, staff, other agencies, and departments.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Three years of experience in building construction or engineering work which involved an understanding of building plans, codes and engineering calculations. At least one year of the three years of experience must have been in the public sector.
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Course work in building or construction inspection, planning, land use, engineering or closely related field is highly desired.
License or Certificate*:
Consistent with California State law must be certified as a Plans Examiner by the International Code Council (ICC)or must obtain such certification within one year of employment. Failure to obtain certification within one year may result in an extension of probation and/or and possible release from employment during the extended probation. Alternatively applicants may be credentialed architects licensed in the State of California in accordance with Section 5500 of the Business and Professions Code or professional engineers licensed in the State of California in accordance with Section 6700 of the Business and Professions Code.
DSA CASp certification is desirable.
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
About County of Napa
The Napa Valley, internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.
Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.
The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.