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Plans Review Specialist, Sr. Mechanical


Listing Summary

Posting:  Open Until Filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

General Description and Classification Standards

The purpose of this job is to review construction plans to ensure compliance with regulatory codes, ordinances, and laws. Duties include but are not limited to approving building plans and specifications; assisting architects and developers with building code conformation; answering inquiries regarding construction materials and procedures; explaining departmental procedures; and processing paperwork.

Supervision Received

Work independently or in teams, reporting to the Assistant Director.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. Reviews mechanical designs of installations, major and minor repairs for conformance with regulatory code including International Mechanical and Fuel Gas systems design, NFPA standards, ventilation systems, Hood systems, Heat exchange systems, heating and air conditioning, exhaust and pressurization systems, gas piping and appliances in order to determine their conformity to legally established requirements. Discusses mechanical installations with contractors, property owners and other interested parties. Explains and interprets codes and standards; Examines submittal documents for mechanical equipment compliance with current adopted jurisdictional codes; Identify deficiencies in mechanical submittal documents and communicates procedural requirements for correction of these documents in compliance with jurisdictional codes and standards; Responds to inquiries regarding mechanical designs from parties including, but not limited to, other plan reviewers, inspectors, registrants, owners, and contractors; Maintains knowledge of code updates and ordinance changes and attends seminars for continuing education on code and ordinance changes; Assisting a high volume of architects, engineers, developers, and customers in conformity to building code regulations; Providing services at a public counter to answer questions and approve plans; answering inquiries regarding construction materials and procedures; Explaining departmental procedures to customers in order to facilitate permit issuance; directing customers to appropriate divisions for requested services; Maintaining accurate records, files of plans, plan review status and work performed. Offers suggestions and directs or participates as a member of a work team.

Administrative Duties: Evaluates and approves mechanical and fuel gas plans and specifications that comply with city codes and regulations regarding zoning, structural adequacy, life safety, and fire emergency exit configuration. Research projects and gathers information from specifications, standards and design manuals, mechanical and life safety codes, and governmental regulations. Interpersonal Relations: Confers with architects and engineers to acquire information necessary to assess building’s mechanical and fuel gas systems; Assists architects, engineers, developers, homeowners, and general public in voluntary conformity to mechanical and fuel gas code regulations; Answers inquiries from customers in office and over telephone regarding construction methods, procedures, and materials used; Explains departmental procedures to customers in order to facilitate permit issuance; directs customers to appropriate divisions for requested services; Marginal Job Functions Performs other related duties as required. Administrative Duties: Prepares periodic updates in the City’s database regarding plans review and other issues. Communication: Confers with supervisor, Inspectors, contractors, the general public and others regarding code interpretations, and related issues. Problem Identification and Solution: Studies, interprets, and ensures Mechanical and Fuel gas codes are adhered to in system designs.

Decision Making

Follows standardized procedures, building code regulations and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks. Applies organizational policies and codes. Leadership Provided Provides guidance and training as required to lower level, interns, temporary employees, etc.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of established mechanical, fuel gas and construction codes and regulations. Knowledge of mechanical and fuel gas construction procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties Knowledge of the terminology used within the department Ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information.

Ability to communicate with supervisors and other staff members. Ability to use independent judgment. Ability to perform the mathematical calculations required by the job. Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques required by the job. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department. Ability to work under a minimum degree of stress related to duties that require constant attention to detail and tight deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in Architectural or Mechanical Engineering, Building Construction, or related field is required. Three (3) years of experience reviewing plans, for compliance with mechanical systems for major structures. Additional classes in mechanical engineering desired to show proficiency in mechanical, fuel gas and plumbing controls, designs, standards, and general practices. OR State certified Mechanical contractor License in HVAC commercial and High school diploma or equivalent with considerable experience in mechanical construction trades. Minimum five years construction experience in a supervisory capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licensures and Certifications Required:

Valid Georgia Driver’s License Certified Mechanical Inspector Plans Examiner by the ICC or obtain Certificating within 6 months of hire. At least five years of field experience as a state Certified Mechanical Contractor issued by the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board with not less than five years of field experience; OR A current license issued by the State of Georgia as an Engineer may substitute for three of the required five years of construction experience

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

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