As a Mechanical Engineer, you will be providing professional engineering, technical and programmatic support services in the region.
This position is located in Public Building Services, Design & Construction Division, Boston, MA.
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.
Responsible for all matters on assigned projects and for assuring that all matters conform to requirements of GSA policy, regulations, and standards. Ensures that assigned projects are technically correct for both design and construction and are in accordance with the best current practice in the industry; that they are within the technical and administrative constraints of the project and that they are fully coordinated and compatible with other Mechanical Engineer disciplines of the project.
Leads discussions with representatives of client agencies regarding project requirements, needs, building limitations and functional use of space to determine the most economical solution and to meet the operational needs of the occupants.
Conducts site surveys to determine condition of structures and systems, evaluates requirements and recommends incorporation, modification or exclusion of various project features to best meet long-term needs of the government in consideration of such factors as urgency of needed repairs or redesign, useful life of building components and systems, and cost/benefits involved.
Represents GSA and the Contracting Officer on Mechanical Engineer, Construction Management, and Construction contracts as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). Exercises full delegated authority from the Contracting Officer, reviewing, inspecting and directing the work as it proceeds in compliance with contract requirements. Recommends payment for services received or appropriate action where non-conformance with the contract is discovered. Construction inspection responsibilities include all facets and all phases of construction engineering covering each of the building trades. Prepares statements of work and detailed instructions for guidance to architects and consulting engineers. Reviews technical reports and evaluates assumptions, formulas, and calculations. Assists in Mechanical Engineer evaluations, selection panels and negotiations.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Job family (Series)
0830 Mechanical Engineering
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
For each job on your resume, provide:
the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
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The GS-12 salary range starts at $85,423 per year.
If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.
In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying mechanical and electrical engineering principles, concepts and practices in the design and/or construction of building systems, design reviews, statement of work development & operational practices to improve energy and water use efficiencies in federal buildings and facilities. Such experience must also include having managed projects and/or a portion of projects. Ensuring all assigned projects are technically correct for both design and construction and are in accordance with the best current practice in the industry.
Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Bargaining Unit status: AFGE
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government
We are also accepting applications from all U.S. Citizens and Nationals under Vacancy Announcement # 20PBSB637MMDE. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
Ability to manage projects impacted by multiple competing priorities and requirements and to successfully integrate these requirements to meet the goals outlined for development initiatives.
Skill in allocating fiscal, staff, and time resources to produce maximum results
Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting cost, work, and contractor performance
Knowledge and proficiency in using project management and scheduling software
Knowledge of various procedures including quality control and quality assurance and developing risk management plans
Ability to apply financial management and budgeting knowledge, techniques, and innovation to achieve project results with on-budget, fiscal integrity.
Knowledge of procurement principles and procedures and methods of contracting.
Skilled in techniques to negotiate contracts to ensure the successful completion of a project
Knowledge of the FAR and of regulations and techniques of source selection sufficient to chair a panel and recommend a selection to the Contracting Officer
Knowledge of Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) duties and limitations as defined by the Federal Acquisition.
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations that apply to leasing and development as well as to client organizations to determine potential impact on current and planned projects and to identify strategic objectives and long range plans for development.
Ability to apply a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to solve a range of design and construction issues that arise in the course of project initiation, planning and design through the development of recommendations
Ability to identify rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyze information and make correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions
Skill necessary to effectively lead a diverse team, keep stakeholders informed of highly complex technical information, and to satisfy and support a diverse customer base.
If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit. Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1)completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.
If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:
one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.
Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS’s People With Disabilities page.
If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.
If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.
College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts MUST be submitted in order to be considered.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
You will have access to many benefits including:
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules
Transit and child care subsidies
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This job is open to
Individuals with disabilities
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
Your application will be considered if you are a: Current career/career-conditional Federal employee in the competitive service; Reinstatement eligible; Special Appointing Authority eligible; VEOA eligible Veteran; ICTAP eligible; or OPM Interchange Agreement eligible.