Plans Examination Engineer II

  • King County Department of Local Services, Permitting Division
  • Renton, WA
  • Oct 13, 2022
Full time Construction Engineer Engineering Government

Job Description


In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the career-service position of Plans Examination Engineer II. 
The Plans Examination Engineer II will perform plan examination of building plans and supporting documentation for structures and developments to ensure compliance with structural, fire/life safety, energy, accessibility, and other county, state, and federal building code regulations. This person provides direct service by conducting pre-application and construction consultation meetings, researching code requirements, and permit histories.


To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to: 

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Review of building and related permit applications documents to ensure construction proposals meet code requirements for life and safety, structural integrity, energy performance, accessibility, mechanical and other applicable codes. 
  • Review structural plans and calculations to verify conformity with structural engineering principles; and perform structural engineering analysis of designs and related features of construction plans. 
  • Performs site observation visits to evaluate potential construction conflicts and/or general construction progress towards complying with state codes. 
  • Provide public with information on codes, regulations, and permit requirements. 
  • Receive and respond to complaints about buildings/construction from citizens, other agencies and jurisdictions, King County Council, and Executive staff. 
  • Interpret and apply codes and regulations for architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and property owners. 
  • Provide direct customer assistance for the public, design professionals, property owners on building code questions and their application and the permit process. 
  • Offer alternatives and initiate problem-solving conferences with owners, contractors, and design professionals. 
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflects well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent. 
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service. 
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:    

  • Construction or plans examination experience or education and experience in a related field such as architecture, engineering or construction management. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of national, state, and local building and fire codes and standards 
  • Knowledge of the permitting process. 
  • Knowledge of structural materials, systems, and engineering. 
  • Skill in reading, interpreting, and explaining construction documents, specifications, codes, ordinances, and policies 
  • Conducting meetings with builders, professionals or other customers to review construction, code, or other technical requirements 
  • Handle multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes. 
  • Working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, results oriented, team environment with the ability to think quickly and independently. 
  • Strong communication skills, collaborative working style, and the ability to handle stressful situations in a positive manner. 

Our Most competitive Candidate Will Also Have:    

  • Experience as a plans examiner in reviewing both residential and commercial projects.
  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner 
  • Experience with electronic review of construction documents 
  • Engineer or architect license or professional degree  

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 20lbs. 
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software. 


Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the Week of October 24, 2022.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months, including special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends. This full-time position is overtime eligible.
FORMS AND MATERIALS: A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams or Zoom.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

   Vivienne Swai
   Human Resources Analyst

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

• submit proof of vaccination or 

• have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office

Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.)  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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