STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Arlington County, VA - Arlington, VA

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NOTE: This is a reannouncement. If you have already applied for this position under a former announcement number, there is no need to reapply unless you wish to update your application with new information.

The Community Planning, Housing and Development Department is seeking a senior level technical and administrative employee to work under the direction of the Building Official and Field Services Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for reviewing structural construction documents, reports, and shop drawings prior to permit issuance, and monitoring projects and reviewing reports from Special Inspection agencies during the building construction with regard to compliance with Arlington County Special Inspection program requirements. Projects are complex due to building codes and size, multiple structures, advanced design of installed systems, and advanced construction methods and techniques. Career ladder up to $85,134.40 with satisfactory performance of senior level requirements and certification in two or more plan review specialty areas.

Specific duties include:
  • Reviewing development and monitoring construction documents for compliance with the International Building Code, and the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code;
  • Interpreting and enforcing codes, regulations and ordinances;
  • Reviewing building plans for Multi-family Residential, Commercial and High-Rise structures;
  • Performing daily field inspections in order to monitor and verify that ongoing construction is in compliance with Building Codes;
  • Providing code consultation services to builders, developers, engineers, property owners, architects and other governmental agencies;
  • Attending state sponsored code update meetings;
  • Representing the Division and the County at meetings, and public hearings; and
  • Physically transporting building plans to various work locations.
Assignments require analytical thinking and are performed in accordance with accepted code standards and applicable legal ordinances and regulations. The successful candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Considerable knowledge of and the ability to apply the modern principles and practices of the engineering/technical field to which the position is assigned;
  • Knowledge of applicable codes, statutes, and regulations related to teh engineering/technical field to which the position is assigned;
  • Knowledge of, and a commitment to, customer-service and client-focused service-delivery systems;
  • Knowledge of computer applications relevant to the assigned engineering/technical field;
  • Skills in negotiating agreements with engineers, developers, contractors, and governmental professionals to bring about compliance with applicable permitting, engineering, and code requirements;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships among staff, community representatives, and representatives from other jurisdictions, and the ability to work effectively as a team participant;
  • Ability to work with managers, employees, clients, and professional peers to discuss problems to achieve agreements;
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge of the legal mandates which define/limit the public-service mission of the division and department; and
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Selection Criteria:

Minimum: A two-year (Associates) degree or completion of a technical school program equivalent to 60 college level semester hours in a field related to building construction from an accredited institution plus three years of progressively responsible experience in architecture or civil/structural engineering related to buildings or fire protection.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables:
  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering (structural or civil) or a discipline related to building structure (Structural or Civil Engineering);
  • experience reading and interpreting plans, specifications, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
  • experience responding to public inquiries;
  • experience with the International Code Council (ICC) codes in commercial (and/or high rise) building design, construction or plan review;
  • ICC or Virginia State certification as a building inspector and building plans examiner; and/or
  • Licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Professional Engineer with specialty in structural engineering.
  • PHYSICAL CONDITION : Must be in good physical condition to conduct daily field inspections and to lift 50 - 75 pounds of related work documents and equipment.

    Special Requirements:

    1) Employee MUST take the Virginia Code Academy Core Training Module, Plan Review Structural, and Plan Review Non-Structural Training Modules, and must successfully pass the Virginia State Building Plans Examiner examination within one year from the initial date of employment or possess Virginia Building Plans Examiner certification at time of employment.

    2) Applicant must obtain, by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator’s license from the applicant’s place of residence and the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

    Additional Information:

    This position is part of a career program that requires developmental achievements and certifications in additional plan review specialty areas. Entry salary is based on a review of qualifications and experience.