Arlington Government

Energy Plans Examiner

Job Summary


Arlington Government






Full Time




Energy Storage

Close Date:



$52,353.60 - $85,134.40




Arlington, VA

Address To:

2100 Clarendon Boulevard


This senior level technical/engineering employee is responsible for the review of construction documents to ensure that the building construction and its related systems are designed to comply with energy conservation standards as adopted by the State of Virginia as part of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). Projects are complex due to size, multiplicity of structures, advanced design of installed systems, and advanced construction methods and techniques. The employee works under the direction of the Building Official and the Chief of the Plan Review Services. Career ladder up to $85,134.40 with satisfactory performance of senior level requirements and certification in two or more plan review specialty areas.

Specific responsibilities include:

o   Design review and approval of construction documents for compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code and VUSBC as applicable;

o   Interpret and enforce codes, regulations and ordinances;

o   Conduct field visits to evaluate buildings and systems as needed, and conduct field surveys of buildings;

o   Help develop information and training materials and conduct training for peers and constituents;

o   Provide code consultation services to builders, developers, engineers, property owners, architects, and other governmental agencies;

o   Evaluate systems and components to determine compliance with applicable energy codes and standards;

o   Participate in multi-county agency efforts to implement energy efficiency and conservation;

o   Represent Division and County at meetings and public hearings as required; and

o   Develop, participate in, and defend code change proposals at local, state, and national arenas.

Assignments require analytical thinking and are performed in accordance with accepted code standards and applicable legal ordinances and regulations. The successful candidate will possess the following skills:

o   Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply modern principles of energy conservation engineering/technical field;

o   Knowledge of applicable codes, statutes, and regulations;

o   Knowledge of, and commitment to, customer-service and client-focused service delivery systems;

o   Knowledge of relevant computer applications;

o   Skill in negotiating agreements to bring about compliance with permitting, engineering, and code requirements;

o   Ability to maintain effective working relationships among staff, community representatives, and representatives from other jurisdictions, as well as the abilitto work effectively as a member of a team;

o   Ability to work with people at all levels to discuss problems and achieve solutions and agreements;

o   Ability to learn legal mandates that define/limit the public service mission of the Division and Department; and

o   Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

For information or to apply online go to, click on CURRENT JOB OPENINGS, scroll down the alphabetical list of job titles and click on the Energy Plans Examiner announcement.


Minimum: A two-year (Associate's) degree or technical school program equivalent to 60 college level semester hours in a field related to Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Architecture; plus three years of experience in Mechanical Systems Engineering, Electrical Systems Engineering or Architecture related to buildings and facilities.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.


A) BA/BS in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture or a closely related discipline;
B) Certification by ICC or the State of Virginia as a Commercial Energy Plans Examiner, Commercial Energy Inspector, Residential Energy Plans Examiner/Inspector;
C) Commercial Mechanical Plans Examiner, Commercial Electrical Plans Examiner and/or Commercial Building Plans Examiner;
D) Experience working with the International Energy Conservation Code;
E) Experience reading and interpreting construction documents, specifications, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
F) LEED certification or experience with LEED programs; and
G) Experience responding to public inquiries.


Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.