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    Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

    Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

    About the Position:
    Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Recent Graduates Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation. After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position or to a term position (a project-based term of employment lasting between one and four years).

    Applicants can be selected at the GS-07 or GS-09 level. The target grade of this position is GS-11.

    To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

    • Be a U.S. Citizen
    • Successfully complete all the requirements of the Recent Graduate Program as defined in the Agency Participant Agreement.
    • Demonstrate successful job performance.
    • Meet the Office of Personnel Management qualification standard including any applicable positive education requirements and/or selection placement factors and any other designated special qualifications requirements and conditions of employment (e.g. medical standards) appropriate for the position to which being converted.
    To learn more, please visit the Office of Personnel Management webpage, Hiring Authorities: Students & Recent Graduates.

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    Responsibilities

    Who May Apply:
    Positions are open to:

    • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Short-term training programs (e.g. several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study.
    • Current students who will graduate no later than 9 months from the closing date of announcement.
    • Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion.
    As a developmental Civil Engineer, you will assist in performing duties such as:
    • To develop cost models, perform functional analysis, and develop viable alternatives to project features, that enhance the functions and reduce the life cycle costs while maintaining or enhancing the qualify of the project.
    • Prepares the scope of work, assists in the selection, participates in the negotiations, management, and acceptance of the work performed by the Architect-Engineer firms.
    • Meet project schedules and customer requirements, reviewing the completed studies and assuring that all proposals within the study are given complete and unbiased review for Value Engineering studies in-house or Architect-Engineer contracts.
    • Assists in the planning and execution of the District's Value Engineering Program in accordance with appropriate regulatory controls and directives to meet HQ USACE and District goals.
    As a developmental Civil Engineer (Geotechnical), you will assist in performing duties such as:
    • Develops soil load diagrams for pumping plants, retaining walls, floodwalls, flood control dams, navigation locks and other structures.
    • Determines the scope of and the foundation stability of levees and earth dams.
    • Determines the type and thickness of the base special treatment to be given soil bearing the load, thickness of base course or bituminous concrete and the thickness of the wearing surface required to meet existing and expected conditions.
    • Reviews plans and specifications prepared by A.E. and in-house forces covering civilian and military projects for soil and foundation features.
    • Conducts foundation studies involving varying soil conditions.
    As a developmental Civil Engineer (Structural), you will assist in performing duties such as:
    • Designs segments of the plain or reinforced concrete, structural metal, or timber portions for a construction or remedial project.
    • Identifies loading assumptions and problems to be encountered and develops complete design of structure.
    • Works out several solutions depending on the structure and based on varying loading conditions to find the most critical conditions for each portion or all of the structure i.e., seismic conditions, hydrologic velocities, and uplift.
    • Prepares sketches showing all necessary dimensions, steel sizes and spacing, and notes required to prepare contract drawings pertaining to structural design.
    • Prepares or coordinates preparation of finished CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) drawings on structural items for use in contract drawings.
    • Develop preliminary and final designs and plans for structural features.
    As a developmental Civil Engineer (Hydraulics), you will assist in performing duties such as:
    • Performing hydrology and hydraulic (H & H) studies and analysis used in the preparation of H & H design portions of design studies and final detailed design for culverts, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, flood protection, flood control and reservoirs pertaining to civil and military projects.
    • Based on data developed in basic studies and investigations, determines method of approach and makes recommendations as to design characteristics of sanitary sewer and sewer treatment systems of facilities, flood control projects and appurtenant works, and flood protection projects with pumping plants ranging in capacity up to 50 cfs.
    • Performs liaison with facilities engineers, architect engineers, and representatives of other agencies/communities to secure additional data required to accomplish assignments.
    • Provides inputs to PROMIS system, coordinates review comments, assembles complete package of plans and specifications, coordinates with user on technical aspects, and coordinates preparation of amendments.
    • Studies newly developed methods published in technical papers, periodical, and Government publications and reports for the purpose of improving methods currently employed.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Recent Graduates

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0810 Civil Engineering

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    Other Requirements:

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position.
    • Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.
    • A mobility agreement may be required for this position.

    Qualifications

    For the Engineer position, you must possess either a Civil, Geotechnical, Structural or Hydraulics degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum 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.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07: One year of specialized experience which includes performing engineering work such as searching technical reports to obtain information relating to projects; and applying basic formulas to routine calculations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

    OR

    Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Civil, Geotechnical, Structural or Hydraulics Engineering.

    OR

    Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:
    (1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR
    (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR
    (3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/).

    OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09: One year of specialized experience which includes preparing portions of conventional engineering plans, designs, and/or design specifications; and conducting limited site surveys. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

    OR

    Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Civil, Geotechnical, Structural or Hydraulics Engineering.

    OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.

    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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
    • Grade Point Average


    Education

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions above in the Qualifications section.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of two quality categories: Ideal Candidate and Eligible Candidate. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    • Ideal: This category will be used for those candidates who meet cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 or higher..
    • Eligible: This category will be used for those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    • Resume:
      • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
      • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
      • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
      • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts for education claimed in your resume and occupational questionnaire is required. If you provide an unofficial transcript at the time of application and you are selected, you will be asked for official versions prior to appointment. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    • Applicants claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP): to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package.
    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date you apply to this opportunity. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. More information about Veteran's Preference is located on the Feds Hire Vets website. Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.
    Your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply and support your qualifications. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    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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    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.

    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_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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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/06/2017 to receive consideration

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10066465).
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

    The Department of Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    Army Applicant Help Desk

    Address

    GJ-APF-W07202 US ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, LOUISVILLE
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    Louisville, KY 40201
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    Next steps

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL.

Fair & Transparent

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482464800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.