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L&I Factory Assembled Structures Plans Examiner, 2 positions

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!  Our Values: Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability.


Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.  Here at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), we believe that your voice matters.  We value our employees and offer flexible schedules that respect your work/life balance.  In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 3 million workers. To learn more about L&I, please click on the link below!



Here are two unique opportunities to join the Factory Assembled Structure (FAS) program and help us keep Washington safe and working.


As an FAS Plan Examiner, you will review plans for modular buildings, manufactured and mobile homes, commercial coaches, vendor units (food trucks), mobile medical units, temporary worker housing, recreational vehicles, and recreational park trailers for compliance with state laws, regulations, codes and standards.


You will have the opportunity to conduct inspections of building structures, constructed in factories, for conformance to the codes adopted by the Washington State Building Code Council. This position also performs recreational vehicle (RV), and park model recreational vehicles (PMRV) audits and prepares reports related to the approval of these structures.  In addition, you will interact with the public, industry professionals, and internal consumers, related to building codes, plan review and inspections.

Please Note: This posting is for two opportunities

  • Perform plan reviews on buildings, trailers and vehicles regulated by the Factory Assembled Structure program to assure compliance with state rules and laws.
  • Write plan review reports to manufacturers, contractors and owners listing deviations from rules and laws, and notifying the applicant of the action necessary to obtain department approval.
  • Approve and issue plans, and enter relevant information into the FAS program database and spreadsheets.
  • Verify that all required plan review and insignia fees due to the agency have been paid before issuing approved plans or insignia.
  • Conduct factory inspections on buildings, trailers and vehicles regulated by the FAS program to ensure compliance with state laws and rules, national regulations, codes and standards related to fire/life safety, structural plumbing, electrical, and mechanical and energy code requirements.
  • Provide complete and accurate inspection reports, factory permits and invoices for all inspections performed, listing all deviations found, corrections approved and inspection fees due to the agency. 
  • Participate in meetings and discussions with various consumers, industry professionals, stakeholder groups, and department staff, providing assistance as it relates to interpreting factory assembled structure regulations and related statues, codes and standards.
  • Provide, training for installer certification, manufacturers, building departments and FAS Inspectors.
  • Interpret applicable factory assembled structure codes, standards, laws and regulations. Answer questions and provide information to manufacturers, industry representatives, local government representatives, and members of the public.
  • Conduct audits of manufactured home factories, audit of RV/PMRV factories and inspection of individual RV/PMRV units.  
  • You may be asked to conduct factory inspections and audits in other states and other countries.


Professionals with:  4 years' experience as an inspector in the Factory Assembled Structures program.




4 years as a Building Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, Architect or Engineer.



4 years' experience of Journey level work in the building trades.



4 years' experience in Modular, Manufactured Home or RV factories or industry.




  • Current Building Inspector Certificate issued by International Code Council.
  • Current Building Plans Examiner Certificate issued by International Code Council.
  • Journey level trades license (such as electrical or plumbing).
  • Engineering or Architecture License.
  • A working knowledge of RCW's, WAC's, standards and codes relevant to electrical construction, plumbing construction and contractor registration, and the ability to apply these on the job.
  • A thorough working knowledge of International Building Codes as adopted by the State of Washington.
  • A thorough working knowledge of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rules and regulations concerning manufactured homes.
  • Ability to enforce laws, rules and regulations - In such a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills - Present ideas effectively, clearly and concisely in formal and informal situations.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and demonstrate effective conflict management skills.
  • Use a personal computer, including hardware such as keyboards and software such as word processing and other programs.
  • When conducting factory inspections, incumbent needs to be capable of climbing stairs and ladders to inspect roofs, and capable of crawling beneath homes.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license and be able to obtain a US passport.
  • Plan Examiners may be required to work beyond normal 40-hour workweek, including occasional weekends.
  • Plan Examiners may be required to travel out of state, including staying overnight and using commercial airlines.
  • Willing to stay over a weekend in a city while you are in travel status, and able to be in travel status for periods of 3 to 4 weeks at a time. Travel time in this job can be up to 35% of your duties.


To be considered for this position a cover letter demonstrating how you meet "What we are looking for" is required. Incomplete applications will not be looked over.Application Process:  

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described in the announcement.


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.

  2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.

  3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Other Information:

  • Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.
  • This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  
  • Employees driving on state business shall have a valid driver's license.  If driving a privately owned vehicle on state business, must be insured.
  • Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us at: Jobs@Lni.wa.gov

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.  


You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact April Sharp at elib235@lni.wa.gov.

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