Description of Position
The Building Code Division (BCD) administers the building codes in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws, for the University, as adopted by the State of Minnesota. The division’s mission is to protect the health, welfare and safety of University students, employees and visitors in the built environment through education and code enforcement.
The Plans Examiner position is authorized by the University Building Official to enforce the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC), adopted by the University, as mandated by the State of Minnesota. The position exists to govern the design, construction, alteration, demolition, repair, and inspection of all items covered by the MSBC on all University properties system wide. Specifically this position administers the rules and regulations, and enforces the laws as adopted per the MSBC related to fire, life safety, health, and the public welfare.
This position is a liaison to other departments for questions involving design, operation and maintenance of University buildings, and serves as the technical code advisor and professional resource to the University construction community, architects, engineers, and project managers.
Essential Functions of Position
• Examine construction documents at different phases of design: schematic, design development and construction documents. The process includes:
o Attend meetings and correspond with project team throughout all design phases with respect to materials, structural requirements, occupancy, fire protection and building design to verify compliance.
o Apply codes for commercial, industrial, and mixed occupancies for existing, historical and new structures including educational and large assembly facilities, research laboratories, hazardous buildings, underground buildings, high-rise buildings, experimental structures and stadiums).
o Interpret and raise awareness of known code impacts a project, applying both prescriptive and performance based code to the prospective design.
o Consult with all stakeholders on building projects to facilitate flow of information with other internal and external regulatory agencies.
• Review technical documents to ensure code and safety compliance:
o Identify life safety hazards, construction deficiencies, sanitation and health hazards, and other related code issues.
o Review deferred submittals and change documents throughout the construction process to ensure code compliance is being maintained.
o Calculate fees to be assessed for projects and submit documentation for collection.
• Provide technical code assistance to University stakeholders, designers, industry professionals and project managers. Communicate via telephone, email, or in person regarding potential code implications and impacts to projects.
• Conduct on-site inspections, investigate prospective job sites, provide back-up field inspections for building, plumbing, HVAC, and fire, for permitted work. Document and initiate corrective action to enforce code compliance.
• Keep informed of code changes and of new legislation pertaining to assigned work:
o Research new materials and methods of construction.
o Participate in professional development training.
• Report on daily activities:
o Utilize computer system to record and update field inspections.
o Schedule daily activities and provide information to supervisor to receive direction if needed.
• Coordinate / manage certificates of occupancy, inspections, and construction documents.
Problem Solving and Independence of Action
Problems regularly encountered are highly varied and unpredictable, complex and often non-recurring, requiring new and creative approaches. Plans Examiner sets their own goals and determines how to accomplish results with few guidelines to follow; precedents may exist and supervisor provides broad guidance and overall direction.