To meet the basic qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:
(1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position:
A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics;
B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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:
- Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
- 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.
- Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
- 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 bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.
For additional information, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf.
(2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes.
Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
(3) Specialized Experience:
To determine if you are eligible, review the following grade specific details. You will need to verify how you meet this experience in your resume.
For the GS-12:
On Experience, you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, which included:
- Experience in transportation project design, development or construction of highway, bridge, or other highway transportation projects (such as those involving socio-economic or environmental considerations, project location, multiple use of highway rights-of-way, high traffic volumes, major intersections, or others), including experience with pavement and materials engineering (such as design, construction, maintenance, materials sampling, testing, acceptance, and/or specifications), performance management systems; AND
- Experience consulting with others to develop alternatives and help to resolve pavements and materials issues or conflicts that arise with processes or outcomes.
You cannot substitute education at this level, you must have experience.
For the GS-13:
On Experience, you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, which included:
- Experience in transportation project design, development or construction of highway, bridge, or other highway transportation projects (such as those involving socio-economic or environmental considerations, project location, multiple use of highway rights-of-way, high traffic volumes, major intersections, or others), including managing and leading experienced individuals with pavement and materials engineering (such as design, construction, maintenance, materials sampling, testing, acceptance, and/or specifications), performance management systems; AND
- Experience representing the organization with partners and stakeholders to provide advice, consultation, or project/program oversight on pavement, materials, asset management, or performance programs.
You cannot substitute education at this level, you must have experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
- Knowledge of highway engineering concepts, requirements, laws, principles and practices in multiple specialty areas to represent the office in providing stewardship and oversight; resolving highly complex technical issues/problems in engineering design, construction, maintenance, safety, operations and other functional areas as assigned.
- Knowledge and understanding of pavement management, design, rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance principles and practices, including a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of highway materials, including testing methods, materials acceptance programs, statistical specifications, and state-of-the-art practices.
- Knowledge and understanding of asset management and performance management systems, including performance gap analysis, life-cycle planning, risk management, financial planning, and investment strategy development of state-of-the-art asset management systems. Proficient in state-of-the-art Asset Management principles, and knowledge of emerging Asset Management technologies to affect the development and delivery of the Federal-aid program in Washington.
- Proficient in advanced principles and practices of transportation programs and management systems to provide advice and expertise in resolving complex issues related to Federal-aid delivery systems consistent with Federal laws and regulations.
For all types of consideration, 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.