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Building Plans Examiner / Structural Plans Examiner - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0057)

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Minimum Salary: $6,429.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,192.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Development Services Department has an opening for one Building Plans Examiner and one Structural Plans Examiner. The position a candidate is placed into will depend upon the candidate's qualifications.  The Building Plans Examiner reviews and evaluates building plans and specifications to insure the proposed construction complies with local, state and national building, fire, mechanical, plumbing, accessibility, flood hazard, energy and related codes.  In addition to these responsibilities, the Structural Plans Examiner takes a more active leadership role in the structural review of more complex commercial and multi-family projects. 

Essential Functions of the Job & Responsibilities

  • Review residential and commercial plans.
  • Occasionally inspect buildings and structures for compliance with construction codes, including structural as well as fire and life safety provisions.
  • Work collaboratively with staff from other departments.
  • Develop good working relationships with the general public and make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions.
  • Maintain an awareness and application of safe working procedures.
  • In addition to the above responsibilities, the Structural Plans Examiner will also: Review plans and design calculations for complex structural systems used in a broad range of buildings.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Two years of college or vocational tech coursework in engineering, architecture, or construction management or three years experience in building code plan review work for a municipal agency or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Both positions require the following minimum qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the International Building Code (IBC) and other regulations pertaining to construction and development.
  • Knowledge of design, engineering, materials and methods related to residential and commercial construction.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and interpret codes and evaluate project proposals and projects under construction to verify conformance with code requirements.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to make appropriate, sometimes unpopular decisions.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner.
  • Ability to respond diplomatically to angry citizens or clients.
  • Ability to coordinate activities with other departments.
  • Knowledge of computer software applications.
  • ICC Building Plans Examiner certification preferred.

Additional Requirements:

Building Plans Examiner:

  • ICC Plans Examiner certification or the ability to obtain the certification within one year of hire.

Structural Plans Examiner:

  • Washington State Structural Engineering license
  • ICC Plans Examiner certification or the ability to obtain the certification within one year of hire. 

 Work Environment

  • The work involves utilizing critical thinking skills to evaluate architectural and structural plan documents for conformance with applicable laws and regulations.   Reviewers are expected to have knowledge on the use of typical office tools and equipment such as telephones, personal computers, copy machines, etc.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office and moderately loud when in the field.
  • The employee may be required to work in outside weather conditions, in wet and/or humid conditions, in high, precarious places, near moving mechanical parts, near fumes, airborne particles, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals, or near risk of electrical shock and/or vibration.
  • Work may periodically require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.


This is a full-time, union position, Teamsters Local Union #763 206 441-0763.  

Salary placement is based on experience, qualifications and other relevant factors.

For specific information on this job, please contact: Lee Kranz 425. 452.2732.

For questions or issues regarding the on-line applications system, contact the IT Help Desk at 425.452.4340.

Building Plans Examiner Position ID 1698      Pay Range Step1 $6,429.03 Step 2 $6,756.47 Step 3  $7,097.12           

Structural Plans Examinter ID 1699  Pay Range  Step 1 $7,419.77 Step 2 $7,796.40 Step 3 $8,192.20 


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004