Summary The incumbent is assigned to the Project Section of Facilities Management where he/she functions as a General Engineer. The incumbent works with clients to develop station-level, non-recurring maintenance and minor construction projects which are efficient, economical, and consider the needs requested. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Project documents including design drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and related contractual materials are developed in accordance with applicable criteria and regulations outlined by NFPA, JCAHO, EPA, OSHA, and VA , and other regulatory bodies. Develops and manages projects from conception through the warrantee; researches projects assigned by supervisor, develops engineering solutions, researches allocable codes, completes schematic design, prepares cost estimates, including in Capital Asset Plan, prepares construction specifications and drawings, negotiates or received pricing, and manages constructions. Surveys existing conditions of medical center facilities to collect information pertaining to customer and engineering process requirements. Meets with all relevant parties to determine specific needs, physically visits proposed construction site to check general conditions of the area, ensures accurate drawings, and determines how to best accomplish desired goal of the project. Interviews occupants to determine space usage and functionality. Discusses preliminary layouts with the originator to define the scope of the project and to obtain information necessary to coordinate the design. Applies their engineering expertise to solve maintenance and construction problems that arise in the medical center. The incumbent is expected to complete calculations, conduct code research, and consult with architect-engineering firms and vendors to find engineering solutions. Leads engineering studies and surveys to determine feasibility and requirements of proposed projects. Designs and develops a variety of construction projects, which considers electrical power and lighting distribution systems, VHAC systems, architectural designs, floor plans, steel structural beams and columns, interior plumbing systems, and other structural members in the preparation of layouts to avoid conflicts of structural load requirements. Using Auto CAD, the incumbent prepares drawings, layouts, and plans required for the use of the Project Section Staff for proposed additions, improvements, alterations, modifications, repairs, equipment installation, and new construction as requested. Prepares drawings of utility systems, roadways, parking lots, and landscaping in addition to structural requirements. Promotion Potential: 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. Full performance level is GS-11. Work Schedule: 8am-4:30pm, occasional off-hours Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: General Engineer/PD90200A and PD90459A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/06/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9.The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Preferred Competence: Knowledge of engineering and architectural concepts, principles and practices for design, layout and construction of medical facilities, associated buildings and site utilities. Familiar with Computer Aided Design (CAD) operation. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Basic Requirements: The basic qualifications for this position are in the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf Education: Degree in Professional engineering (or higher). To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 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: Professional Registration Written Test Specified Academic Courses Related Curriculum In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement (as indicated above), you must also possess the following specialized experience and or education: GS 09: Specialized Experience: In additional to the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: utilizing knowledge of construction standards and OSHA guidelines to design floor plans, elevations, walls, and perform site surveys; use of computer systems and computer operations to write and communicate requirements to customers on projects requirements, prepare computerized drawings and reports; and interpreting and using information from various sources. OR Education: 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the General Engineer position. Transcripts Required. OR Combination of Education/Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level. When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. GS-11: Specialized Experience: In additional to the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge/experience in preparing and administering construction project designs and layouts, specifications, and estimates; preparing original designs and preliminary/final layouts; directing surveys and investigations to establish baseline data necessary to initiate design, evaluate design objectives, perform technical calculations, and identify the most economical and efficient procedures; performing scheduling and layout of operations, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, safety and equipment used in construction; and providing professional advice to peers, non-professional administrators, or managers. OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree for the experience required for the GS-11 level. Transcripts Required.OR Combination of Education/Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Customer ServiceDesignGeneral EngineeringProject ManagementSafety Engineering 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements located under Education section. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education Physical Requirements: The work is basically sedentary; however, frequent physical activity such as walking, climbing, bending and carrying light items such as paper, books, files, manuals, blueprints, etc. is required. The incumbent must also be physically able to safely navigate the interstitial space of the VAMC, climb ladders, inspect roos, evaluate in-ceiling work, and inspect construction sites. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information 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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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