This position is located within Central Iowa Health Care system (CIHCS). The incumbent has full responsibility for the Energy conservation, Water conservation, and Green House Gas (GHG) reduction programs, and shares responsibility for the vehicle Fleet Management program and the Green Environmental Management program (GEMS). Responsibilities include the development, planning, coordination, maintenance, and the reporting of all elements of these programs for VA Central Iowa facilities.Learn more about this agency
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Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- The Incumbent participates in facility Energy Audits throughout VISN 23, and prepare reports and surveys for the VA Office of Capital Asset Management and engineering Support (OCAMES), and participates in various national committees such as the Energy Engineer Advisory Board (EEAB).
- The incumbent is responsible for interpreting and resolving conflicts between, the various legislation, executive orders, VA Directives and specification, and industrial codes and standards as relate to the conservation programs for Energy, Water, and Fleet management within the CIHCS.
- Because each VHA medical center is unique, the Energy Manager must exercise judgment in the interpretation and application of the guidelines relative to their particular medical centers.
- The incumbent is responsible for facilitating the success of the Energy and Water conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, and fleet management programs in CIHCS; elements of the program include but are not limited to the following:
- Energy Planning; including the development or review of energy or energy intensive projects for Strategic Capital Investment Planning (SCIP) this includes engineering calculations for Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Savings to Investment Ration (SIR), and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions
- Renewable Energy utilization
- Ensuring efficient chilled water Plant Operations
- Ensuring efficient Steam Plant Operations
- Ensuring and improving the energy integrity of Building Envelopes
- Operation of HVAC Building and lighting Controls including digital Building Management Systems
- Developing Pilot Programs (New Technology and procedures)
- Developing local Standards to minimize energy and water waste
- Commodity acquisition
- Commissioning, Retro Commissioning, and Continuous Commissioning of facility buildings
- Training and increasing the "awareness" of; general, M &R staff, general staff and facility managers regarding the Energy, Water, and GHG reduction programs for CIHCS
Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer (Energy)/30238-0
Physical Requirements: The Energy Manager generally works in an office environment. However, inspections/audits and other field work require frequent walking, standing, bending, crawling and climbing ladders, etc. and may require carrying equipment with weights up to 50 lbs.
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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
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- Degree (bachelor's or higher) in engineering. 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); 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 & 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. Transcripts required. OR
- Combination of education, experience and/or training
- Professional Registration or Licensure: Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), 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. (You must submit a copy of your certification with your application package for verification purposes) OR
- Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 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. (You must submit a copy of your certification with your application package for verification purposes) OR
- 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 above in number 1. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts with your application package for verification purposes) OR
- Related Curriculum - Successful completion of 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 bachelor's degree in engineering, provided you have 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. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts with your application package for verification purposes)
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, you must also meet one of the following additional experience and/or education requirements to qualify at the GS-11 level.
- EXPERIENCE: One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the Federal service defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (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. Engineering experience includes planning, designing, completing and carrying out new construction and renovation projects in a complex environment; reading, preparing, and interpreting architectural, structural, civil, industrial hygiene, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans and drawings preparing cost estimates for projects in the planning stage; contract and regulatory compliance, serving as a point of contact. Suggesting alternatives and adaptations of engineering principles. AutoCAD. Specialized experience examples include: implementing energy conservation initiatives and project submissions for cost effective energy conservation retrofit projects. Prepares and monitors utility budgets, advises management of potential budget shortfalls; review local facility-level project and maintenance activities that may impact energy performance; Works with the operations and maintenance sections to analyze and improve utility system energy performance, initiate and provide support for the development of operational procedures and controls; Evaluate existing energy savings systems; Manages building/energy management system(s) and utility metering initiatives
- EDUCATION: Successful completion of three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in engineering or equivalent doctoral degree. The education is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the General Engineer position. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. OR
- COMBINATION: A combination of successfully completed graduate level education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as described above, which may be used to meet total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the General Engineer position. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials.
- Engineering and Technology
- Interpersonal Skills
- Project Management
- Requirements Analysis
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). 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.
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/.
IMPORTANT: 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.
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- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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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.
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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/11/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10585124.
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AddressVA Central Iowa Health Care System
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA 50310
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