The General Engineer serves as a member of the Engineering Service, Technical staff. The duties of this position include development of and review of contract plans and specifications for projects. The projects include, but are not limited to, Nonrecurring Maintenance, Minor and minor miscellaneous construction projects, In-House Design Projects, etc. The incumbent serves as a technical advisor in the development and submission of five-year facility plan, five-year energy management plan.
Major duties include but are not limited to;
Develop and review contract plans and specifications for assigned projects using AutoCAD and MS Office.
Conduct documented design review for assigned workload.
Develop procurement packages inclusive but not limited to statement of work, estimate, market research, and privacy statements.
Conduct scheduling for construction activities as to not interfere with Medical Center activities.
Serve as a technical advisor in the development of the facility five year plan.
Provide professional engineering support to Maintenance, Operations, Biomedical, Construction and Safety sections.
Provide contract management as a VA COR on assigned contracts/projects.
Conduct quality and compliance inspections for assigned projects.
Provide processing for contract payments.
Conduct field measurements and verifications for construction and design projects.
Maintain project specifications, drawings and technical reference library of codes (NFPA, OSHA, ANSI, ASTM, IEEE, etc.).
Conduct regular project database updates with regards to progress.
Conduct regular construction safety inspections of the facilities construction areas.
Provide resolution on complex problems encountered throughout the facility.
Provide code compliance (OSHA, NFPA,etc.) reviews as a subject matter expert.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer/ 02345-A
Physical Requirements: The work of this position is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required in walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, and traveling by motor vehicle. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, training rooms, and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. There may be occasional exposure to moderate risks or discomforts in storage areas or at hazardous waste sites.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement 09/24/2020.
GS-12 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. Such engineering experience would include a working knowledge of engineering construction, cost estimating, project management, drawing preparation on highly complex projects; demonstrated ability reading, preparing, and interpreting architectural, structural, civil, industrial hygiene, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans and drawings.
A professional engineering degree in a school of engineering whose curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or whose curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; € electrical fields; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics? (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
A combination of education and specialized experience, i.e., college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering? The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by professional registration, specified academic course or related curriculum as described in the qualification section of this announcement. (EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (VA)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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.
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This job is open to
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
ALL US CITIZENS. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.