City of Huntington Beach

Here in Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team.  At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we’re looking for the “right person” to serve as Plan Check Engineer for the Community Development Department.

First and foremost, the City is seeking an individual who has an unwavering commitment to team-based environment, and recognizes that leaders must be focused always on serving their people.  For us in Huntington Beach, successful candidates must be genuinely committed to living our organization’s behavioral values, which include:

  1. Humility… be willing to place the team before self.
  2. Exceptionality… be really (REALLY) good at what you do.
  3. Social Awareness… say and do those things that bring people together.
  4. Passion… recognize the awesome responsibility we have to serve the people of HB.
  5. Integrity… live our values authentically.

Outside of these behavioral characteristics, we’re also looking for candidates who are ready to grow and develop and who can envision new ways to improve and enhance services.

Under general direction, examines construction drawings and complex design engineering calculations on proposed construction, alteration or repair of buildings and associated structures to ensure compliance with building safety standards prior to issuance of a building permit.

Reports to:  Building Manager

The Plan Check Engineer is an advanced journey level position.  The incumbent reports to the Building Manager and may oversee the Permit and Plan Check Services Division in the Division Head’s absence.


Examples of Essential Duties


  • Checks plans and specifications of buildings and structures for compliance with the adopted Building Code and related construction codes and legislation;
  • Consults with architects, engineers, contractors, owners and others regarding matters such as design, engineering and regulations governing building plans;
  • Analyzes building designs to ensure structural engineering principles have been met, proper materials have been selected, and accessibility, green, energy, and building regulations have been met;
  • Oversees work of the Permit and Plan Check Services Division in the absence of the Division Head;
  • Reviews and monitors the work of consultants;
  • Provides procedural and technical support to the counter operation;
  • Prepares departmental reports;
  • Attends meetings to review and discuss plans, documents, and code requirements;
  • Collects, analyzes, and presents statistical data;
  • Confers with staff from other departments regarding development of building construction projects;
  • Deals with difficult people in a constructive manner;
  • May visit construction sites and assist building inspectors in the field where engineering problems are encountered;
  • Writes reports, letters, memos and section policies and procedures;
  • Analyzes practices and recommends improvement;
  • Delivers and promotes quality customer service;
  • Attends professional training to stay abreast of industry best practices;
  • Reports to work as scheduled and works a variety of schedules including evenings, weekends and holidays as required;
  • Maintains a regular and consistent attendance record;
  • Travels to offsite locations within and outside the City;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification.  The City reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.



Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of:
– Professional standards, principles, and practices of building plan checking
– Civil engineering principles, techniques, policies, and procedures
– Building construction methods and materials
– The State of California’s Building Standards Codes
– English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation
– Principles and practices of supervision
– Personnel policies and procedures
– Quality customer service practices
– Modern office practices, methods, computer equipment and computer applications related to the work
– Engineering statistics and advanced math
– Safety issues and liability reduction

Ability to:
– Read, interpret and analyze construction plans, blueprints, manuals and specifications
– Develop, maintain and follow departmental processes and regulations
– Communicate effectively in both oral and written form
– Write detailed reports, recommendations, correspondence and specifications
– Provide and utilize written and oral instruction
– Ensure safety and professional work standards are met
– Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
– Deliver quality customer service
– Work independently and as a team member
– Propose and administer change

Education A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, architecture or related field.

Experience:  Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience performing building plan checking, structural design, or related professional engineering work.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid California Class C driver license and an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and during course of employment.

State of California registration as a Professional Civil Engineer or Structural Engineer required by time of appointment and during course of employment.

Certification as a Building Plans Examiner by the International Code Council (ICC) or an equivalent nationally recognized organization, required prior to completion of the probationary period and during course of employment.

California Division of the State Architect (DSA) Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is highly desirable.

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

  • An official City of Huntington Beach online job application must be filled out in its entirety.
  • Applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education and training.
  • Depending upon the applicant pool, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will NOT necessarily be selected to participate in the assessment process.
  • Applicants whose qualifications BEST meet the City’s needs will be invited to participate in a qualifications assessment, which will include oral board examination (weighted 100%), tentatively scheduled for October 13, 2021.
  • Candidates successful at obtaining a passing score on the oral board exam will be placed on the employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list may be valid for one year, unless exhausted sooner.
  • Interview(s) with the hiring section/division will be conducted prior to making a final selection – tentatively scheduled for the week of October 18, 2021.
  • Upon a conditional offer of employment a pre-placement medical evaluation, drug screen (select positions), TB Screening and California Department of Justice (DOJ) Live Scan fingerprinting must be completed with acceptable results. Other background reports may also be conducted depending on the position.
  • Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification.
Please Note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.



Physical Tasks & Environmental Conditions

Incumbents must be able to meet the physical requirements of the class and have mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

Work is performed primarily indoors, occasionally outdoors.  Incumbents use a computer keyboard and related equipment.  Incumbents sit, stand, walk, climb, stoop, crouch, twist, bend, push, pull, reach, grasp, and lift. When work is performed outdoors, there is full exposure to various weather conditions.  Employee must be able to actively listen to receive instruction, and verbally communicate information in order to engage with customer base, staff, and others, in person and via telephone.  Must be able to read and comprehend correspondence, plans, specifications and other information, and communicate ideas in writing in order to keep accurate records, sign off on documents, and create letters.

Reasonable accommodation(s) for an individual with a qualified disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Salary: $8,850.40 – $10,963.33

Application Deadline: Sept. 30

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