General Engineer TCF

General Engineer TCF

02 Aug 2020

General Engineer TCF

    Duties

    Summary

    The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. This position draws from professional educational background, & practical experience. They are required to provide engineering studies & to design & develop improvements where needed. The individual will apply knowledge to complete special projects & assigned to further development for the training position of General Engineer


    Responsibilities

    TCF is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is required for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal individual development plan for two years during which they are trained and coached by a preceptor who is a subject matter expert within the career field/job specialty. Trainees must remain at the hiring grade level for a minimum of one year. Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements.

    This position draws from professional educational background, as well as practical experience. They are required to provide engineering studies and to design and develop improvements where needed. The individual will apply knowledge to complete special projects and assigned to further development for the training position of General Engineer or project Engineer.

    Duties of the position include and are not limited to:

    • Provides professional consultative advice to management on the engineering problems and responsibilities involved in the maintenance and improvement of buildings, grounds, utilities and equipment
    • Individually responsible for the coordination of the Engineering Construction Program
    • Conducts continual program reviews and makes recommendations to the Chief, Engineering Service, for improvements and modifications
    • Carries out planning activities that are requested by the Chief, Engineering Service
    • Provide engineering expertise. Will serve as main resource of engineering theories and applications for other staff.
    • Provides professional engineering services (including design calculations) related to the layout, design, development, and completion of construction projects ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 and nonrecurring maintenance projects
    • Prepares cost estimates, drawings and specifications, and justification and description for proposed medical center projects and annual major, minor, minor miscellaneous, and NRM project submissions to VACO.
    • Serves as project manager and resident engineer for medical center construction and NRM projects
    • During the construction phase, checks the work progress and insures that plans and specifications are being followed
    • Reviews and approves/disapproves material and equipment submittals
    • Acts as liaison with architects/engineers, supervising the design process which includes coordinating work between hospital personnel and design firms
    • Uses AutoCAD on a daily basis in assisting tradesmen in locating as-built utilities and coordinating maintenance and repair work. Revises contract documents on AutoCAD during construction and coordinates changes with the AE to ensure accurate electronic information using word processing, spread sheets, VA bulletin boards, and project scheduling software.
    • Operates the medical center's Building Automation System on a daily basis which includes changing set points, operating various equipment, data trending, load shedding, power monitoring, and programming
    • Provides engineering program support by preparing reports, studies, correspondence, calculations, policies and procedures with no previous data or direction
    • Delegated areas of responsibility are to be researched by the incumbent to define the situation, the problem, and determine the proper solution with little or no guidance from the chief engineer. Judgment shall be used to modify or adopt standard guidelines and engineering practices to solve new problems and situations
    • Other related duties as assigned


    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0730-1600
    Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer TCF/PD124130
    Physical Requirements: Work will involve mostly office work (50%) and some physical exertion such as walking, bending,

    stooping, climbing in utility rooms, crawlspaces, attics, boiler and chiller plant (50%). Such work will

    require an average amount of agility and dexterity

    This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    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

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    Basic Requirements:
    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include 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, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
    OR
    B. Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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 one of the following:
    1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
    2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
    4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    Grade Specific Qualifications:
    GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 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: Observes, measures, analyzes, maps and describes physical and cultural features and phenomena as required by assigned tasks. Assists experienced engineers in accomplishment of work. Makes calculations, applies formulas, prepares graphs, curves, and tables for other engineers; records factual data in tests and observation studies; performs drafting and minor detail design; and searches technical reports to obtain information.

    OR

    Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level. Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in an engineering program is qualifying for GS-7.

    OR

    Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level.

    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-07. 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.

    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.

    Education

    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.

    Additional information

    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

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter

    • License

    • Professional Certification

    • Resume

    • Separation Notice (RIF)

    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

    • Transcript


    Documents Required:

    • Resume
    • Transcript


    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.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    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.

    Review our benefits

    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.


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  • The public

    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 337.205) for this occupation.

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Job Details

  • ID
    JC4488634
  • State
  • City
  • Source
    US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Date
    2020-07-16
  • Deadline
    2020-09-14
  • Category

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