Plan Check Engineer II (#RE1101)
$40.72-$49.49 Hourly / $7,057.47-$8,578.40 Monthly / $84,689.72-$102,940.88 Yearly


 Under direction, reviews building construction plans and specifications for compliance with grading standards, building codes, and ordinances; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey-level class in the Plan Check Engineer series. An incumbent in this class is responsible for performing the full scope of building plan review and field inspection work, including the more complex assignments, and assuring that plans requiring County permits comply with applicable statutes, ordinances and codes.

This class differs from the class of Plan Check Engineer I because the latter is the entry-level class where incumbents perform a narrower range of plans examining work that primarily involves reviewing the more routine building construction plans and specifications. Positions in this class are typically multi-allocated with Plan Check Engineer I and incumbents at the Plan Check Engineer I level may be eligible to promote to Plan Check Engineer II when they meet the established requirements.


  • Reviews plans on a variety of building projects to ensure conformance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Performs field inspections to verify elevations, final contours and drainage facilities.
  • Examines residential, agricultural and commercial construction plans to ensure compliance with building codes, ordinances, and standard engineering practices. 
  •  Confers with applicants for permits; interprets code provisions and explains required plan corrections.
  • Assists building inspectors on unusual code requirements.
  • Advises architects, designers, contractors, and developers regarding code provisions.



Experience: One year as a Plan Check Engineer I in San Joaquin County service.


Experience: One year of professional work examining building plans and ensuring their conformance with applicable codes and ordinances.


Certificate: Possession of a current Building Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Code Council.

Note: Under the California Health and Safety Code Section 18949.28, any San Joaquin County employee who is and has continuously been employed as a construction inspector, plans examiner, or building official since October 4, 1993, shall be exempt from the certification provisions in the Certificate Requirement above, until that person obtains employment with a different employer.

Substitution: Registration as a civil or structural engineer or architect in the State of California may substitute for the above Certificate Requirement.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


 Construction methods and materials; basic building code provisions and related regulations; general engineering principles, particularly as they relate to grading standards and regulations; basic engineering mathematics; basic computer and modern office automation technology and relevant computer software programs.


Read and interpret blueprints, plans and specifications; operate a computer and related software; clearly and effectively interpret and explain building codes, policies, and other regulations to a wide variety of people; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and public officials and the general public.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; sitting and standing for long periods of time; pushing and pulling; walking; bending and squatting; driving; climbing stairs; crawl; lift up to 70 pounds; Visual-Overall vision sufficient to read close-up; color perception; Dexterity-Reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking-Hear and talk on the telephone; hear faint sounds; Emotional/ Psychological Factors-Public contact; decision making; heights; hazardous materials; working alone; Special Requirements-May occasionally work weekends/nights/overtime; may be required to travel; Environmental Conditions-Exposure to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation; indoor and outdoor temperature conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE1101; EST: 9/13/1989; REV: 8/14/2013;