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Plans Examiner - Senior

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City Of Sparks Sparks , NV 89432

Posted 2 months ago


This position is open to all interested persons meeting the minimum qualifications.

The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

There is currently one (1) opening in the Building Division of the Community Services Department.


Plan, direct and review the work of plans examiner staff. Act as a technical expert and perform and coordinate complex work involving the review and examination of building construction, improvement and repair plans and specifications for compliance with non-structural requirements and applicable codes and regulations.


This is the advanced level class in the plans examiner series providing lead support and training to the plan's examiner staff.

Qualifications & Testing Information

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:

Education and Experience:

Equivalent to an Associate Degree in engineering, construction technology or a related field and two (2) years of experience equivalent to the City's class of Plans Examiner II.

Licenses and Certificates:

Must possess and maintain the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire.

Must possess and maintain ICBO or ICC Plans Examiner Certificate at time of application for the position.

Must possess and maintain an ICC Combination Plans Examiner Certificate or a Combination Inspector with Plans Examiner Certificate within one (1) year of hire.

Must possess and maintain Incident Command System (ICS) 100/200 within six (6) months of hire and ICS 300 as soon as available.

Civil Service Testing:

A Training and Experience Questionnaire is the Civil Service Exam for this position. Qualified applicants must complete the Training and Experience questions at the end of this job posting. The Training and Experience questions will comprise 100% of the candidate's overall score for this recruitment, it is therefore to the candidate's advantage to answer each question as thoroughly and detailed as possible.

Example of Essential Duties

Under direction of the Deputy Building Official, plan, direct and review work of other Plans Examiners daily.

Review and examine construction documents for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Confer with homeowners, builders, engineers and architects to give information and interpret building codes and regulations.

Recommend necessary changes to obtain compliance with applicable codes and regulations. Review corrected plans for conformity with requirements.

Make occasional onsite construction inspections to confirm that construction complies with approved plans and specifications. Initiate appropriate action to enforce code compliance.

Prepare correspondence to architects, engineers, contractors and others related to the correction of plans and engineering detail.

Advise building inspectors on structural and other building related problems arising in the field during construction.

Coordinate construction plans examination processes with other City departments and units.

Monitor changes and new legislation pertaining to assigned work. Investigate new materials and substitute materials and new methods of structural design. Recommend appropriate changes in the building codes and regulations.

Assist the Building Official and other supervisors in reviewing work of the plans examining staff and provides input in performance evaluations. Assist in budget, goals, objectives and work program development in assigned functional areas.

Perform other duties which may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic supervisory principles and practices

  • Plans examination techniques and methods

  • Techniques, materials and practices in the structural, plumbing, electrical and related construction fields

  • Residential, commercial and industrial construction materials, methods and equipment

  • Applicable codes and ordinances governing construction, rehabilitation and alteration

  • Appropriate health and safety and fire prevention construction and building methods

  • Perform detailed analysis and examination of building and construction designs, specifications and plans

  • Apply fundamental engineering and architectural principles and techniques to the solution of residential, commercial and industrial construction problems and objectives

  • Analyze and evaluate building plans, data and reports and reach sound conclusions

  • Organize own work and set priorities

  • Exercise sound, independent judgment with established guidelines

  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials

  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, City staff, agencies, homeowners, builders, engineering firms, contractors, developers, manufacturers and others

  • Principles and practices of emergency management

  • Assist with post emergency damage assessment

  • Train others in work procedures

  • Computer applications and software related to the work including Microsoft Office

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work

Physical Demands:

Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment. Inspect operations and activities at residential, commercial, business and construction sites.


  • This is a Civil Service position and is Non-Exempt under FLSA guidelines

  • May be called back, held over, work off-hours, nights, weekends and holiday shifts as required

  • May be required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions

  • This position reports to the Building Official and may receive work direction from the Deputy Building Official

  • Supervision exercised: Act as a resource to staff and provide direction and training

  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen and background investigation

Supplemental Job Posting Information

Human Resources will require prior to the first examination for the position, necessary documentary evidence be submitted for fitness of any qualification. Any requirement not met for the advertised position prior to the first examination for that position, will be cause for Human Resources to decline to examine, certify or hire the applicant.

Recruitment Communication:

Human Resources will be contacting you at various stages of the recruitment process via email only, even if you have chosen U.S. mail for prior application processes or for applications with other agencies. Please make sure your email address is accurate.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Human Resources will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the selection process. If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources office when you turn in your application or at least three (3) business days prior to the examination/interview by calling (775) 353-2345.


The City of Sparks hires and promotes candidates based on a competitive merit selection process, which may include any or all of the following: screening for minimum qualifications, written examination, supplemental training and experience questionnaires, assessment center, interviews (oral or written), physical tests or any combination which the Sparks Civil Service Commission may order.

Scoring in the top five (5) for promotion or top ten (10) for entry level in any part of the selection process merely advances the applicant to a higher round of examination, which may consist of interviews and other evaluations. Scoring in the top five (5) or ten (10) gives no right to be selected for the position. The City of Sparks reserves the right to select applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position.

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Plans Examiner - Senior

Expired Job

City Of Sparks