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Plans Engineer (00006469)

at Guilford County Schools

Pay: $68458 to $82835/year
$68458 - $82835
Posted: 10/9/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2577270
Keywords: engineer

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


General Statement of Job Function
Provides technical engineering oversight and supervision for the construction plans review process and the County Stormwater Management and Floodplain Administration programs.
Distinguishing Features of The Class
An employee in this class is responsible for directing and supervising the work of subordinate engineers and technical staff in building construction plans review. The position also provides commercial plans review and approval of stormwater plans that are unique or require a more in-depth level of engineering knowledge and experience. Projects of this type involve substantial interaction with the public, contractors, engineers, attorneys, and developers. Additionally, the position provides technical civil engineering expertise and oversight of the Stormwater Management and Floodplain Administration programs along with the implementation and enforcement of the North Carolina State Building Codes and applicable development provisions of the Guilford County Development Ordinance pertaining to residential and commercial development projects.  Duties require the use of independent judgment and initiative in making technical decisions of considerable difficulty within compressed time schedules. Work is performed under the supervision of the Director or Deputy Director of Planning and Development through individual discussions, inspection of work in progress, and public comments on performance or service.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees the work of subordinate professional engineering staff, paraprofessional and technical personnel, and office support staff; sets work objectives and work standards; makes hiring, training, promotional, and specific, but limited, disciplinary decisions for staff supervised.
  • Develops operational budget, programs and services for functional area of responsibility.
  • Serves as the chief licensed professional engineer with the public and/or others for engineering issues in the County's plan review process.
  • Administers Watershed Protection and Stormwater Management programs.
  • Administers Floodplain Administration Program.
  • Conducts interdisciplinary plans review of the more complex development projects to ensure compliance with County ordinances and sound engineering principles.
  • Participates in the planning of future departmental programs and processes by providing technical information in areas of expertise.
  • Estimates design and construction costs.
  • Keeps accurate current records on each working project.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work collaboratively to provide quality seamless customer service.
  • Oversees the performance of a variety of technical, training, research, planning, policy implementation, program assessment, and administrative activities related to engineering strategies and solutions.
Knowledge of:
  • Diversified fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships.
  • State regulations and County ordinances relating to a variety of plan review disciplines, including grading and drainage, drainage facilities, street improvements, water and watershed control, sewers, and fire protection.
  • Modern methods, materials, and techniques as applied to construction projects and watershed control devices.
  • The development and derivation of formulas and relationships, the basic assumptions made, and the limitations and areas of applicability of established civil engineering principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Modern managerial and supervisory theories and practices sufficient to plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinate professional, paraprofessional, and clerical staff.
  • Budgeting and administrative practices sufficient to manage a public service program.
Ability to:
  • Perform functional supervisory responsibilities over professional engineering staff, paraprofessionals, and clerical support staff.
  • Apply civil engineering principles, methods, and techniques to theoretical and practical civil engineering problems to provide practical, cost effective solutions.
  • Keep abreast of changes in scientific knowledge and engineering technology in order to utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems.
  • Work cooperatively with other County employees and the public.
  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper English sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.
  • Communicate orally and in writing with other employees, contractors, other governmental agencies, and the public at a level sufficient to engender public support and good will for services provided.
  • Review or check the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Use a personal computer and engineering applications in performing duties.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering or other field of study related to the nature of the work performed AND four years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience at least two years of which must have been in supervising subordinate professional engineers and plans reviewers.
Necessary Special Requirements
Certified by the State of North Carolina as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE)
Valid Driver License or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire
Certified North Carolina Building Inspector Level III or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire.
Certified Flood Plain Manager.
Preferred Special Requirements
NC Stormwater Best Management Practices Certified Reviewer.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands

An employee in this position must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of reaching, walking, fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.  The employee must possess the visual acuity and mental concentration to work with data and figures, examine technical plans, and interpret plan specifications to approved code requirements.
Working Conditions
Work is performed primarily in an office setting.  Where required, field work would be less than 25% of the work time and the employee may be exposed to exterior environmental conditions.  Routine safety precautions are provided such as hard hats, ear plugs, and shelter from inclement weather.


Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about the specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.