Arlington, Virginia
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Oct 02, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This is a re-announcement. If you have already applied for this position under a former announcement number, you will need to re-apply to be considered for this vacancy.

Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding career where your work affects the community daily? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? If so, Arlington County's fully-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division (ISD) is looking for you!

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is hiring a senior level technical/engineering professional to join it's ISD Plan Review team as Plumbing & Mechanical Construction Plans Examiner.

This position is responsible for examining construction documents for all phases of work on commercial buildings, including new construction, additions and alterations to ensure that the building construction and its related systems comply with plumbing and mechanical design standards adopted by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). Projects are complex due to size, multiplicity of structures, advanced design of installed systems, and advanced construction methods and techniques.

Specific duties include:
  • Reviewing and approval of construction documents for compliance with the International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code and/or VUSBC;
  • Interpreting and enforcing codes, regulations and ordinances;
  • Conducting field visits to survey and evaluate buildings and systems;
  • Providing code consultation services to builders, developers, engineers, property owners, architects and other governmental agencies;
  • Evaluating plumbing and mechanical systems / components to determine system compliance with applicable codes and standards;
  • Representing the Division and County at meetings and public hearings; and
  • Developing, participating, and defending Code change proposals at local, state, and national arenas.

The successful candidates will possess:
  • Analytical skills to perform work in accordance with code standards and applicable legal ordinances and regulations;
  • Considerable knowledge and ability to apply modern principles and practices of the plumbing and mechanical engineering/technical field;
  • Knowledge of client-focused service-delivery systems and commitment to customer-service;
  • Knowledge of computer applications relevant to the field;
  • Collaboration with architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and government professionals to facilitate compliance with applicable permitting, engineering, and code requirements;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse staff, community representatives, clients and professional peers; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Associates Degree or technical school program equivalent in a field related to Plumbing, Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Systems Design, plus progressively responsible experience in Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Engineering related to buildings and facilities, including experience interpreting construction plans.

Substitution: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Construction, Building Engineering or related specialization may substitute for the Associates Degree and two years of experience. Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Bachelor's degree in related field and experience with one or more of the following:
  • International Plumbing and Mechanical Codes;
  • Reading and interpreting construction documents, specifications, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
  • Responding to public inquiries; and
  • Certification by International Code Council (ICC) or the State of Virginia as a Plumbing Plans Examiner, Mechanical Plans Examiner, Commercial Mechanical Inspector, and/or Commercial Plumbing Inspector.

Special Requirements

Certification as a Virginia Plumbing or Mechanical Plans Examiner is required within 12 months of employment.

Employee must successfully complete the Virginia Code Academy Core Module training within 12 months of employment.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

The applicant must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and/or the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official 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 establishes developmental requirements and certifications in additional plan review specialty areas and may be filled at a Construction Plans Examiner level I $65,582.40 - $100,152.00 or level II $70,116.80 - $107,140.80 depending upon the qualifications and appropriate certifications of the candidate.

Work Hours: Monday- Friday,8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with flexibility and telework options.

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School/GED
  • Associate Degree
  • Completed Technical School Program in related field
  • Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in related field


Do you currently possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have experience in the following? Please check all boxes that apply:
  • Plumbing and/or Mechanical Systems Engineering related to buildings and facilities
  • Interpreting construction specifications, codes, regulations and/or ordinances
  • International Plumbing and Mechanical Codes
  • Reading and interpreting construction plans
  • None


How much experience do you have with Plumbing and/or Mechanical Systems Engineering related to buildings and facilities examinations?
  • None
  • 1 year but less than 2 years
  • 2 years but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


I have the following certification(s)
  • ICC Plumbing Plans Examiner
  • ICC Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • ICC Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  • ICC Commercial Mechanical Inspector
  • Virginia Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  • Virginia Commercial Mechanical Inspector
  • Virginia Plumbing Plans Examiner
  • Virginia Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • None


Please list any other related examinations/certifications you have and/or the other state(s) in which you are certified.


Please describe your experience with Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Engineering related to buildings and facilities, including experience reading construction plans? Specify NA, if not applicable

Required Question

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