Florida Structural Engineers Association


Structural Plans Examiner - City of Doral

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$61,637.31 - $102,171.06 Annually


City of Doral, FL

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Full Time



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General Purpose

Position is posted on a continuous basis until a sufficient amount of qualified applications are received. 
Applicants who are interested in the position are encouraged to submit an application promptly; notice will not be announced prior to closing the posting.

This is advanced professional engineering work in the examination of complex construction plans for building construction projects.  Under occasional supervision, reviews building plans and performs a variety of routine and complex technical work in connection with his/her duty to enforce all of the provisions of the Florida Building Code, Miami-Dade County Code, City Code, and other related codes.  

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is classified as a non-exempt, full-time position with a 40 hour work-week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Examines commercial and residential construction permit plans to determine structural integrity and compliance with requirements of the applicable codes and regulations.
  • Reviews walk-thru and drop-off residential and commercial construction plans, determines structural adequacy of various types of ratings and structures or buildings, and approves or disapproves proposed plans in accordance with code requirements.
  • Exercises considerable independent judgment in the application of professional engineering knowledge to the examination of complex construction plans, determination of structural integrity, and in the performance of related engineering duties.
  • Approves or disapproves proposed plans in accordance with the code and other regulatory requirements; discusses disapproved items with architects, engineers, contractors, and property owners to obtain plan changes necessary for approval.
  • Makes interpretations of the Florida Building Code and makes decisions concerning the feasibility of deviations from the code under various conditions.
  • Evaluates engineering criteria to enforce control procedures for the fabrication of various building materials and types of construction; makes recommendations for the establishment of departmental policy concerning the use of new building materials.
  • Keeps abreast of methods of new construction; evaluates proposed construction plans in light of the adequacy of built-in life safety features and systems.
  • Orders necessary shop drawings, field tests, soil reports, and special supervision of construction as required to complete plans processing work.
  • Operates the residential and commercial structural help desks.
  • Performs general administrative/office work as required, including but not limited to attending meetings, preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, etc.
  • Receives, reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including building plans, shop drawings, engineering reports, permit applications, job pricing records and reports, code compliance complaints, correspondence, etc.
  • Interacts and communicates with the immediate supervisor, co-workers, other City department personnel, property/home owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, County personnel, general public, etc.
  • Operates a vehicle and a variety of equipment, including a computer, typewriter, calculator, copier, telephone, etc.
  • Enforces and explains pertinent sections of the applicable codes.  
  • Issues verbal and written notices of code violation and citations for code violations.
  • Assists in resolving complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing.
  • Maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Researches problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential work and code compliance.
  • Maintains high ethical, honesty and moral standards.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Building Official and/or Chief Building Inspector.

Additional Duties:

  • Performs other related work as required.
Minimum Qualifications


  • A High School Diploma or a GED equivalent, supplemented by six (6) years of experience as a structural engineer practicing within the area of jurisdiction of the Building Code with responsibility for the design of building structures.
  • Must possess a State of Florida Professional Engineer license under the structural discipline. Applicants who were licensed as a Professional Engineer under the civil engineering discipline on or before March 1, 1993 are also eligible. All applicants must be eligible for certification by the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals as specified in Chapter 8 of the Code of Miami-Dade County. License must be in good standing with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation with no pending complaints.
  • Standard certification by the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as an inspector and plans examiner.  Provisional certification will be acceptable for one (1) year from the date of hire prior to obtaining standard certification.
  • Must meet the licensing qualifications set forth in Article II Chapter 8, Section 8-21 of the Code of Miami-Dade County for Plans Examiner and have or be able to obtain a certificate from the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals. Must have a valid motor vehicle operator's license.
  • Must possess a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of the Florida Building Code and other applicable codes, standards, and regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the design and construction of modern residential and commercial buildings.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories and principles of civil engineering.
  • Ability to read, interpret and evaluate architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical details of construction plans against code requirements and sound construction practice.
  • Ability to read, interpret and evaluate complex technical information, engineering calculations, test reports, and engineering specifications.
  • Ability to perform complex engineering computations and calculations in the evaluation of proposed building construction projects.
  • Ability to evaluate new building materials and products and make effective recommendations for their approval or disapproval.
  • Apply technical knowledge and follow proper processing procedures to examine permit documents.
  • Ability to detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to meet and deal with the public in an effective and courteous manner.
  • Ability to get along with others and work effectively with the public and fellow workers.
  • Ability to make recommendations that impact the budget.
  • Ability to use small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.
  • Ability to use computers for data entry.
  • Ability to use computers for word processing and/or accounting purposes.
  • Ability to use highly technical computer applications, such as GIS or CAD.
  • Must be fluent in the English language.  Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.
  • Applicants must complete all requirements established by the City of Doral for employment.  This may include, but is not limited to, a written examination, a psychological exam, a polygraph examination, a comprehensive background investigation and a job-related medical examination including a drug/alcohol screening test.
  • Must be a non-smoker.
  • The minimum requirements may be waived by the City Manager.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to handle, finger, lift; receive information through oral communication; make rational decisions; make repetitive motions with the hands; express ideas by speaking accurately/loudly/quickly; use visual acuity to perform activities such as viewing a computer terminal or making general observations of facilities.
  • Ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.

AgencyCity of Doral

Address8401 NW 53 Terrace

Doral, Florida, 33166




Position Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Job Title:           Engineering Project Manager

Department:              Engineering

Reports To:               City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer

Pay Grade:                 126

FLSA Status:              Non-Exempt


The incumbent performs responsible supervisory project management, engineering design and development plan review work. This position requires knowledge and expertise in stormwater and general civil engineering. The incumbent’s design work involves the production of engineering plans and specifications for capital improvement projects. Review work involves the review of engineering plans for development projects including subdivisions, commercial, and industrial site plans. Work assignments are received both orally and in writing. Work is performed with considerable latitude and independence in judgement and decision-making within established policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and guidelines. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, periodic inspection, and for results obtained.


·         Designs City capital improvement projects associated with utilities, stormwater, roadways, and sitework.

·         Coordinates the review of development projects.

·         Develops and communicates capital improvement project scopes based on the City's capital improvement plan.

·         Coordinates directly with City departments during project design phase to address continual function, operations, and maintenance-related aspects of design.

·         Serves as project manager for capital improvement projects by overseeing outside consultants’ design efforts.

·         Prepares quantity and cost estimates for capital improvement projects.

·         Performs primary construction engineering and construction administration functions on capital improvement projects.

·         Supervises the activities of engineering construction inspection.

·         Prepares or assists in preparing permit applications to the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Florida East Coast Railway.

·         Prepares or assists in preparing project contract documents.

·         Develops or refines City design and construction technical specifications.

·         Responds to resident/property owner complaints and concerns.

·         Coordinates directly with the public regarding information on capital improvement projects and development projects.

·         Coordinates directly with property owners to obtain necessary easements needed for capital improvement projects.

·         Plans, assigns, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinates.

·         Performs other assigned duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a civil engineering or related engineering curriculum and certification as Engineer Intern.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license. Applicants who possess a valid out of state driver's license must obtain a Florida license within ten (10) days of employment. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.

·         Knowledge of City organization and functions, and the relationships with other levels of government.

·         Knowledge of technical drafting practices and techniques and Ability to draft using AutoCAD.

·         Knowledge of legal statutes and ordinances pertaining to engineering and public works projects.

·         Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the design, construction, and maintenance of municipal public works projects.

·         Skill in using highly technical computer applications, such as GIS or CAD.

·         Ability to prepare and interpret engineering plans and specifications.

·         Ability to perform technical research and calculations and to present findings and recommendations clearly.

·         Ability to adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of municipal public works projects.

·         Ability to adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of municipal public works projects.

·         Ability to plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinates.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors, developers, and the public.

·         Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with others.

·         Ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities on a daily basis in order to changing construction schedules and to meet the needs of grant funded project deadlines.

·         Ability to develop and maintain accurate and detailed files.

·         Ability to track complex processes, systems and regulatory requirements.

·         Ability to learn simple and complex tasks.

·         Ability to complete tasks unassisted once trained.

·         Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

·         Ability to work regularly scheduled hours.

·         Ability to use a computer.

·         Ability to hear and understand conversation spoken in a normal, low and high pitched, whisper and loud tone of voice, as well as accents and fastly spoken.

·         Ability to work in small, enclosed, or partially enclosed areas.

·         Ability to work in areas that may be considered cool or warm for periods of time from ten minutes to eight hours.


The work is light and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and up to 10 pounds of force to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crouching, feeling, manual dexterity, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.


Work is typically performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity and responsiveness to changes that include goals, priorities, and needs of the organization and position.

The City of Melbourne has the right to revise this position description at any time, and does not represent in any way a contract of employment.

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