Engineering Technician Ii / Plan Review Technical Assistant

Fairfax, Virginia
$47,145.49 - $78,575.74 Annually
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of 1.1 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future. Land Development Services (LDS) is the steward of the county's land development and building construction codes and regulations, and its staff members embrace their essential role as "first preventers." Every day, through careful review, permitting and inspection of site and building construction, our staff protects the health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County. Our department also serves as the gateway to much of the county's economic development, reviewing over 26,000 building and site plans, issuing nearly 60,000 building permits, and conducting over 216,000 building and site inspections each year. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then LDS is the place for you.

Evaluates complex applications/plans for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing disciplines. Analyzes proposed projects by reviewing complex plans, detailed engineering and additional documentation submitted to support the application. Identifies the codes, ordinances, regulations, and policies applicable to the project. Determines adequacy of submission, required reviews, sequence of reviews, and required approvals for proposed project, fees due, and eligibility of the applicant to conduct the necessary transactions required during the plan review process. Provides assistance to and answers complex questions from constituents that call the BPR&I information line and have questions regarding Fairfax County publications and forms, and/or walk-in to the BPR&I Information Counter requesting assistance. Explains complex construction regulations to developers, contractors, citizens and other Fairfax County agencies and advises applicants on Code and permit submission requirements. Through the use of a PC, provides responses to plan status inquiries received from staff and the public. Reviews work processes and provide input, guidance and training when required. Reviews certifications for single family detached and townhouse roof and floor truss drawings and other similar projects, including residential mechanical heat loss and heat gain certifications. Processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Position may be underfilled as an Engineering Technician I; the underfill requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Working in knowledge in the practical application of engineering science and technology to include applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design, maintenance, or production of approved plans, permits or construction and maintenance of structures, facilities or equipment;
Working knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and/or statistic and their applications for project completion and/or problem solving;
Working knowledge of applicable county, state and federal laws, codes and regulations;
Working knowledge of the methods and equipment used in engineering, construction and inspection;
Knowledge of occupational hazards and applicable safety practices;
Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
Ability to perform duties requiring manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude;
Ability to prepare accurate drawings and maps;
Ability to check and review plans for conformance to ordinances and other standards;
Ability to prepare accurate quantity and cost estimates;
Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
Ability to process information by compiling, coding, categorizing
calculating, tabulating or verifying information and data accurately in order to document field notes;
Ability to use relevant information and judgment to evaluate whether plans, specifications, permits or inspection results are in compliance with standards or meet specification requirements;
Ability to estimate technical and/or resource requirements for development of projects;
Ability to review and interpret technical documents such as maps, plans or schematics to plan work;
Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose and correct abnormalities and malfunctions in equipment and technical processes;
Ability to entering and maintain information utilizing software or adaptive devices;
Ability to create graphical representations;
Ability to select, utilize and maintain tools and technology, including adaptive tools and new technology to facilitate work or a process
Ability to collect, compile, and interpret research data;
Ability to respond to complaints and provide detailed technical explanations;
Ability to maintain effective work relationships and work in a team environment;
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus, three years of engineering technical support work.

This vacancy may be underfilled at the level of Engineering Technician I (Grade S16, $41,054.83 - $68,424.10 ). The employment standards for the Engineering Technician I are: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state department of education; and one year of engineering technical support work experience or one year of post-secondary vocational trade school or completion of one year of an applied science associate's degree.

Experience in collecting & analyzing data, and creating reports, knowledge/experience in staff development. Proficient in written and oral communication. Working knowledge in asset management, knowledge or experience in the land development process and building codes.


Ability to stand, bend, squat and twist upper body up to an hour; ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Visual acuity to read data and construction documents on computer monitors. Ability to lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds such as boxes of files and large construction plan sets. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

The appointee of this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Panel interview, may include practical exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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