Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovative workspaces

Department Information
The City of Aurora Building Division is a division of Public Works. The Building Division has three primary areas. The Permit Center Building Plans Review and Building Inspections. Our Staff is dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional project services in the areas of building plan review, permits, and inspections. Our goal is to ensure safe buildings and properties for our citizens through a collaborative working relationship with our construction partners.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for reviewing project documents for compliance with the City's adopted codes with the primary focus on structural and engineering aspects of buildings.

  • Checks engineering calculations and reviews architectural and structural designs and provides timely oral and/or written communication detailing design and/or construction deficiencies in plans and specifications.
  • Performs full performance professional level plan reviews and evaluates architectural and structural drawings, design plans, and/or project/development documents submitted for approval utilizing applicable codes/standards/guidelines/laws, appropriate municipal ordinances, and construction and engineering standards, determines review fees, and authorizes the release of approved documents for city permits.
  • Duties assigned are generally complex and may be of substantial intricacy. Work assignment is performed within an established framework under general instructions but requires simultaneous coordination of assigned functions or projects in various stages of completion.
  • Interacts with the public, professional design consultants, project managers, contractors, and elected officials to communicate permit application procedures and regulatory and code requirements and interpretations.
  • Assists inspectors with difficult or unusual code compliance issues and answers questions from inspectors about plan review comments.
  • Duties are generally but not always clearly applicable, requiring the employee to exercise judgment in selecting the most pertinent tasks, interpret precedents, adapt standard practices to differing situations, and recommend alternative actions in situations without precedent.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Working with People - Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members. Shows empathy, listens, supports, and cares for others, and reconciles the conflict
  • Customer Service - Interacts with customers in a friendly and professional manner, works to resolve issues quickly and effectively, and is knowledgeable about products and services.
  • Decision Making - Specifies goals and obstacles to achieving those goals, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses the best alternative in order to make a determination, draw conclusions, or solve a problem.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to ensure compliance with engineering plans, designs, and construction standards and regulations.
  • Skill in independently adapting, interpreting, and applying written guidelines, precedents, and standardized work practices to a variety of unprecedented or problematic situations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering

  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in plan review, building inspections and construction contracting management. 
  • Three (3) years of professional engineering work experience after obtaining a Professional Engineering (PE) license

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

  •  Knowledge of adopted building codes and related codes
  • The ability to adapt and interpret adopted regulations, local ordinances, and other governmental agencies requirements
  • Computers and their applications associated to plan review and research
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain buildings.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Make complex mathematical calculations
  • Read, interpret, and understand complex construction documents

  • Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others and relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively; taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues and responds appropriately.
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and makes recommendations.
  • Communication - Composes, reviews, edits, and issues written materials for diverse audiences and communicates purpose in a succinct and organized manner that is appropriate for the context, time, and place.

Licenses and Certifications:  
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) by the Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers at the time of application is preferred 
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer by another state will be accepted in lieu of the requirement, provided by the completion of the probationary period.
  • Ability to obtain ICC Plans Examiner certification within 12 months

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:

  • Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Some walking and standing
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate a computer terminal
  • Vision for reading and interpreting information, plans, and codes.
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communications with employees and citizens.
  • Assist front counter and perform inspections during peak periods

Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in clean, comfortable environment

Equipment Used
  • Standard business and professional tools and equipment including computers as well as building maintenance and construction equipment
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies

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