At Washington County, you are given opportunities and challenges to embrace your potential and achieve your personal best, every day. The Planning and Development Services Division, Building Services section within the Department of Land Use and Transportation is currently hiring for a Building Engineer. This group is a full-service building permit office for all phases of construction on commercial and residential properties in unincorporated Washington County and inside the city limits of Banks, Gaston and North Plains. In addition, they provide electrical permitting, plan review and inspections for the cities of Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Sherwood, and Tualatin and plumbing permitting and inspections for the cities of Banks, Gaston and North Plains. As the Building Engineer, you will be responsible for the review of structural engineering plans and calculations for commercial, industrial, and residential projects for compliance with State adopted codes and accepted structural engineering standards and practices. It is imperative that you understand the various philosophies of engineering buildings and be capable of reviewing the designs of engineers to determine compliance with Oregon Structural Specialty Code and referenced standards including ASCE, ACI, AWS, etc. Successful candidates will be resourceful problem solvers, proactive and strategic decision-makers, and adept team-builders. The individual in this role works with external customer's as well as fellow staff members in plan review, inspection, and permitting. We are looking for someone who has outstanding personal communication skills and has the ability to articulate complex issues in a straightforward manner.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Reviews structural engineering plans and calculations for commercial, industrial, and residential projects in accordance with the state codes and accepted structural engineering standards and practices.
Identifies design problems and deficiencies; requests revisions or supportive calculations from submitting firms; and suggests alternative structural components or designs.
Reviews civil engineering related design projects in accordance with County codes and standards.
Provides support for civil engineering and site design related work to land development staff as needed.
Answers inquiries from department personnel and the public concerning building regulations and structural and civil engineering design matters.
Coordinates and administers special inspection programs in accordance with state code; reviews special inspection requirements for commercial, industrial, and residential projects; and works with Building Services Division staff to resolve inspection items that are not in compliance with state codes and the project plans and specifications.
Performs site observation visits on commercial, industrial, and residential projects to observe potential construction conflicts and/or general construction progress towards complying with state codes and the project plans and specifications.
Provides technical training to commercial and residential plan reviewers and inspectors on applicable state code, structural and civil engineering principles, details, and construction practices.
Education and Experience A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor's Degree in structural or civil engineering; AND
Four (4) years of responsible experience in engineering or plans examination.
ADDITIONAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS
Requires registration as a professional civil or structural engineer with a license to practice in the state of Oregon within six months following appointment.
Oregon A level plans examiner certificate, or apply for and pass both the Oregon Inspector Certificate and ICC commercial building plans examiner certificate within six months after appointment.
Must possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.
Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area are nationally recognized as being among the most livable areas in the country. Located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area, Washington County is the second largest and fastest growing county in Oregon, with an approximate population of 560,460. The community is one of Oregon’s most ethnically diverse, drawing from Europe, Cen...tral and South America, Asia, the Pacific nations and Africa. Residents and institutions alike reflect a global perspective.
Washington County encompasses 727 square miles, with 12 incorporated cities including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin, along with a large urban unincorporated population. Focused residential and industrial growth has enabled the county to preserve more than 80% of its agricultural and forestlands with the nationally acclaimed Urban Growth Boundary.
The community enjoys excellent schools, and a uniquely diverse array of cultural and recreational activities. With only an hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains and a half-hour to downtown Portland, Washington County enjoys the benefits of a healthy urban and rural environment. Light rail and commuter rail links our cities, and vibrant station area communities are growing around them.
The county’s developed regions are home to traditional suburban and new-mixed use neighborhoods, electronics leaders such as Intel, IBM and Tektronix, major new biotech (Genentech) and solar energy (Solar World) plants, and world headquarters for both Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Intel’s investment in Washington County exceeds that of any Intel site worldwide. Outside the Urban Growth Boundary, the county transitions to nurseries, wineries and other farm and forest enterprises.
Washington County is one of just nine Oregon counties operating under home rule charter. The Charter provides the county with the authority to design an organized structure that effectively responds to community needs. It establishes a Council-Manager form of government, with a five-member Board of Commissioners assuming the legislative role. The Board Chair serves on a full-time basis and is elected at-large. The remaining four commissioners are elected by district voters and serve on a part-time basis.
The Board appoints the County Administrator who is responsible for providing staff support to the Board and overseeing daily operations. In addition to the Department of Support Services (HR, IT, Finance, Facilities/Parks, Fleet), County offices and departments include: the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Housing Services, Health and Human Services, County Counsel, Juvenile Services, Land Use & Transportation, County Auditor, Cooperative Library Services and Assessment & Taxation. The Sheriff, District Attorney and Auditor are elected department head positions. County Counsel, like the County Administrator, is appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Approximately 2,000 employees enjoy a collaborative culture and work-life balance. Working within our local government agency provides daily opportunities to serve, build and sustain communities now and into the future.