San Mateo

Plan Checker I/II/Engineer (19992457)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$6,990.00-$10,719.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, 94403


The City of San Mateo Community Development Department is accepting applications for a

Plan Checker I/II/Engineer


Monthly Salary: Plan Checker I $6,990 - $8,328 Plan Checker II $7,681 - $9,163 Plan Check Engineer $8,984 – 10,719


Why Join our Department?

You’ll be joining a team of talented professionals in a dynamic, collaborative work environment dedicated to serving the San Mateo community. You will work alongside a team of focused and highly motivated professionals who use their talent to provide essential development review and inspection services to our residents and businesses on a daily basis. The Plan Checker I/II/Engineer is an exciting opportunity for a talented professional to join a great organization and make a valuable contribution to the Building Division within the Community Development Department. You can review the detailed job description for Plan Checker I/II/Engineer on the City’s website.

What You’ll Do:

Depending upon class level and assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review and examine construction documents, plans and specifications for one and two family, and multi-family residential, and basic commercial and industrial projects.
  • Conduct plan checks on commercial and residential building structures; review structural calculations, fire resistance requirements, earthquake resistance and soils engineering. Conducts plan checks for commercial buildings to be remodeled and/or altered.
  • Confer over the phone or in person with homeowners, builders, engineers, contractors, architects and the public to give information and interpret building codes and regulations and permit requirements; recommends necessary changes to obtain compliance with applicable building and zoning codes and regulations.
  • Review corrected plans for conformity with requirements; ensures that proper building permit requirements are met.
  • Receive and assess fees for new development and construction projects.  Issue and process building permit applications.
  • Maintain records of incoming plans and those completed.
  • Conduct field inspections as required. Make on‑site construction inspections on occasion, when required to confirm that construction complies with approved plans and specifications.
  • Coordinate plan check activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.
  • Initiate appropriate action to enforce code compliance.
  • Prepare reports and written correspondence to architects, engineers, contractors and others related to the correction of plans and engineering detail.
  • Confer with building inspectors on building‑related problems arising in the field during construction.
  • Coordinate construction plans examination processes with those of other City departments and units.
  • Monitor changes and legislation pertaining to assigned work; investigate new materials and substitute materials, and new methods of structural design; recommend appropriate changes in the building codes and regulations to the Deputy Building Official.
  • Assist in staffing the public counter; issue building permits as required.  Maintain accurate records and write reports regarding the work as required.



Ideal Candidate

Who You Are
  • Innovative doer who welcomes challenge, is resourceful and works well both independently and with others.
  • Detail oriented individual who finds it rewarding to work with the community on building codes and regulations.
  • Exceptional communicator (oral and written) with superior interpersonal skills.
  • Able to exercise good judgement and decision making abilities.
  • You have problem solving skills, collaboration/interpersonally effective, accountability, planner, organizer, strategic thinker and excellent customer service skills.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers. Work cooperatively with team members.
What You Bring:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Plan Checker I and II:  You have the equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by mathematics through trigonometry and two years of experience in building inspection, or engineering technical support work on construction projects which have involved the review and/or preparation of building plans and specifications.  You possess, or have the ability to obtain within probationary period, a Plan Examiner Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other equivalent state, national or international association.
  • Plan Check Engineer:  You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering, architecture, or a closely related field. You have three years of increasingly responsible experience in Building Structural design and/or structural Plan checking. You possess a Certificate of Registration as professional engineer in the State of California.  Possession of, or have the ability to obtain within probationary period, a Plan Examiner Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other equivalent state, national or international association.
Bonus Points (highly desirable)
  • College level coursework in pre‑engineering or construction technology is desirable and may be substituted for the experience at the II level on a year for year basis.
  • Two or more years’ experience in structural or architectural plan reviews or inspection work related to building code compliance.
  • You have a valid California Driver’s License.
ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

Ability to work in a standard office environment with ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, stoop, reach, twist, and climb. Some exposure to noise, outdoors, electrical hazards, dust, and mechanical hazards.


What We Offer
  • Monthly Salary:  Plan Checker I $6,990 - $8,328; Plan Checker II $7,681 - $9,163; Plan Check Engineer $8,984 – 10,719

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.84% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Salary increase of 2% on 1/10/2021, plus annual step increases with satisfactory reviews
  • City contribution of 1.0% of base salary to Retirement Health Savings Account
  • City will match up to 0.5% of base salary into the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan on a pre-tax basis
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo City Employees Association
  • Wellness Program

Special Instructions

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé, and respond to the supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline:

Open Until Filled

Examination Process

All applications, résumés and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A fully completed application is required. A resume does not replace the employment application.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these, tentatively scheduled for April 28, 2020.

An employment list will be established from those who pass the examination process.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list.  The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months.  Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted

March 16, 2020

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.

Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should contact Lourdes Coles, Sr. Human Resources Analyst, at or (650) 522-7264.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps.

The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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