Plans Examiner I

Salary: $59,924 to $85,322 Annually
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Please print ALL linked documents below and return to our office in person or mail to:

Human Resources, 201 West Gray Bldg C, Norman, OK 73069

Employment Application

EEO Survey

Waiver and Release

Inclusion Statement


Education and Experience:  Four-year college or technical school degree in Architecture, Construction Science or related field or five years of experience in Building Construction, Building Design or equivalent experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses and Certification:   Must be able to obtain the ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certification within six months of employment.  Must be able to obtain a provisional State of Oklahoma Inspector License within one month of employment.  Must be able to obtain a State of Oklahoma Unlimited Building Inspector License within two years of employment.  Must possess a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and satisfactory motor vehicle record.

Knowledge:  Applicable City codes and regulations as they relate to building construction.  Methods, materials, and techniques in building construction.  Operation of computers and Microsoft Office software. 

Skills: Effective oral and written communications.  Exercising good technical judgment and interpersonal skills in making decisions. Interpreting and applying City codes and ordinances.  Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the public and co-workers.  Dealing with the public firmly, tactfully, and impartially in order to achieve desired goal.  Reading and interpreting engineering and architectural plans and specifications.  Exercising good technical judgment in inspection situations. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Reviews and approves commercial/residential plans for repairs, alterations, or new construction for compliance with City adopted codes and ordinances.  Participates in the issuance of permits and records management.  Assists customers by listening, asking questions, explaining technical code issues and offering a workable solution to problems.  Communicates and explains policies and procedures to the general public, provides general building and related code and ordinance information to the public.  Completes inspections in the field as needed.  Assists building inspectors, architects, engineers, builders, and skilled trades personnel by interpreting codes and resolving problems.  Explains and interprets building, electrical, plumbing/gas, heat and air conditioning and refrigeration ordinances, codes and regulations to builders, contractors, and others as required. Communicates with builders, contractors, and general public explaining established procedures, codes and ordinances. Creates standard details and drawings to reflect common construction and code conditions.   Assists in staffing the Board of Appeals.    Performs other related work as required.

Working Conditions:  Work is performed in a normal office environment, although site visits are necessary for inspection and verification with exposure to dirt, outdoor temperatures, construction equipment noise, and dust.

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when reading reports, reviewing plans, or responding to citizen inquiries.  Ability to learn and interpret National, State, and City codes and ordinances.  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. 

Additional Information:  Selected applicant must pass background investigation and drug screen.

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