Plans Examination Engineer III - Energy Code

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on November 23, 2021
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UPDATE: This recruitment will be used to fill multiple Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions.  The TLT/SDA is anticipated to last up to December 30th, 2022. This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  

In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of Plans Examination Engineer III. 
The Plans Examination Engineer III will perform 
specialized plan examination of building plans and supporting documentation for structures and developments to ensure compliance with energy, mechanical  fire/life safety, accessibility, and other county, state, and federal building code regulations, as well as perform inspections for compliance with the King County codes. This person provides direct service by conducting pre-application and construction consultation meetings, researching code requirements and permit histories, and onsite observations and inspections

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

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  • Review building and related permit applications documents to ensure construction proposals meet code requirements for energy performance, mechanical, life and safety, accessibility, and other applicable codes. 
  • Review plans and calculations to verify conformity with Washington State and King County energy codes and perform engineering analysis of designs and related features of construction plans. This is a primary or priority duty for this position.
  • Perform site observation visits to evaluate potential construction conflicts and/or general construction progress towards complying with state codes; perform inspections of energy code permit features. 
  • Develop policy interpretations, public briefing documents, outreach, mentoring and technical trainings to support division implementation of the King County and State energy code by plan review and inspection staff. 
  • Collaborate with cross-department teams in identifying and developing code changes that further enhance King County’s implementation of the county’s Strategic Climate Action Plan. 
  • Work with stakeholders in the State building code to further a regional transition to advance a higher performance effective energy code.  
  • Serve as a technical resource for others in the organization about green building and sustainable construction methods or materials.  
  • Provide direct customer assistance for the public, design professionals and property owners on energy code and related questions and their application and the permit process. 
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflects well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent. 
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service, and scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:   

  • Construction or plans examination experience or education and experience in a related field such as architecture, engineering or construction management. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of national, state, and local energy and building codes and standards.
  • Experience working specifically on implementing the current Washington State energy codes and other codes or standards that exceed current adopted energy codes.
  • Experience in the operation of green or sustainable building systems including mechanical systems for commercial and residential buildings.
  • Knowledge of the permitting process. 
  • Skill in reading electronic  construction plans, specifications, and support documents. 
  • Conducting meetings with a variety of stakeholders including builder and professional associations, business and homeowner groups, and other governmental representatives.           
  • Handle multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes. 
  • Working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, results-oriented, team environment with the ability to think quickly and independently. 
  • Strong communication skills, collaborative working style, and the ability to handle stressful situations in a positive manner. 
  • Experience with community outreach and engagement . 
  • Experience with technical trainings to support division implementation of the King County and State energy code by plan review and inspection staff.

Our Most competitive Candidate Will Also Have: 
  • Experience as a plans examiner 
  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner 
  • Engineer or architect license or professional degree 
  • LEED certification or other equivalent green-building certification
  • Experience in reviewing green building and sustainable construction projects  
  • Experience with electronic review of construction documents 
  • Must be able to lift 20lbs. 
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software. 

Supplemental Information

First Review of Applications December 13, 2021
Interviews Friday, December 20, 2021

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.
WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends. This full-time position is overtime eligible.
FORMS AND MATERIALS: The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
  For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Sonali Sharma
  Human Resources Analyst

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: 

• submit proof of vaccination or 

• have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

 Teleworking Requirement 
 The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.)  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the 
wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 King County has a robust collection of 
tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
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Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
 Guided by our "
True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
 King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
 To Apply
 If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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