Senior Plan Check Engineer (#RE1102)
$43.61-$53.00 Hourly / $7,558.31-$9,187.18 Monthly / $90,699.80-$110,246.18 Yearly


Under general direction, supervises and participates in the review of a variety of building construction plans and specifications for compliance with building codes and ordinances; and does related or other work in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Services Rules.


An incumbent in this class is responsible for supervising and coordinating the plan check activities of the Building Inspection Division, ensuring that construction plans requiring County permits comply with applicable codes, statutes, and ordinances.


  • Plans, directs, and supervises plan check and review activities; sets work priorities; reviews work of subordinate staff.
  • Reviews the most complex plans for commercial and other major developments to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Advises architects, designers, contractors and developers regarding code and design requirements; indicates changes or modifications which would bring plans into conformity.
  • Confers with applicants for permits; interprets code provision and explains required corrections to applicants.
  • Assists building inspectors on difficult or unusual code requirements for major structures.
  • Coordinates plan review activities with consultant plan check engineers.
  • Recommends changes in policies, codes, and other regulations.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in civil or structural engineering or architecture.

Experience: Two years of professional work designing buildings or examining building plans and ensuring their conformance with applicable codes and ordinances. 

Licenses: (1) Current registration as a civil or structural engineer or architect in the State of California; AND (2) Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Principles of management and supervision; modern methods and materials of construction; principles of engineering design and mathematics; building codes and related state and local regulations; basic computer and modern office automation technology and relevant computer software programs.


Plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of others; read and interpret blueprints, plans and specifications; operate a computer and related software; 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/radio; 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: RE1102; EST: 2/26/1986; REV: 8/14/2013;