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Job Title:Supervisory Civil Engineer (Geotechnical)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGJ12527924686071DR

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$83,407.00 to $108,428.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 18, 2012 to Wednesday, July 4, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Pittsburgh, PA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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.


This position is also being announced under SWGJ12527924685922R for "Status Candidates". If you are currently a permanent Department of Army employee with status or have other appointment eligibilities, please review this announcement to determine if you are eligible to apply and receive consideration. 


  Duty station: PITTSBURGH, PA


About the Position:  As the Chief, Geotechnical Engineering Section you will plan, coordinate, assign, direct, through senior engineers, and review the work of professional and non-professional engineering employees engaged in the soils-related component of the District civil engineering design program segment.


ACQUISITION REQUIREMENT: This position requires the selectee to complete all requirements for Facilities Engineering Level II certification within 24 months of entry to the position.


Who May Apply: Click here for more information.


This vacancy is open to "All US Citizens"


  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) may be authorized
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) may be up to 15%
  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized
  • Relocation incentive may be authorized
  • Professional Engineer Registration required
  • Financial Disclosure OGE-450 required


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As the Chief, Geotechnical Engineering Section you will be responsible for managing and directing the soil mechanics related component of the District civil engineering design program. This includes planning and directing the work of engineers, technicians, and other employees the following:


·        Direct the interpretation of soil conditions and their impact on planned projects.


·        Oversee the evaluation of test results, selection of appropriate design values for use in engineering studies, and design of earth and combined earth and rock dam embankments, flood walls, levees, cut and fill slopes, and roads, highways, railroads and paving.


·        Approve technical portions of specifications for contract soils investigations, construction specifications for foundations, embankments, soil excavation, dewatering, and control of water.


·        Approve technical soils portions of design memoranda, detailed construction drawings, quantity estimates, and related specifications for assigned projects.


·        Approve recommendations from subordinate project engineers for selection of the most desirable design from among the alternatives.


·        Conduct QA/QC reviews of above referenced work and AE contract product deliverables.


·        Manage a variety of miscellaneous studies and assistance in channel and streambank erosion, slide investigations, litigation, review of permits for new facilities along navigable waters, and piling and design tests.


·        Coordinate both in-house and contractor-provided engineering services required for assigned projects. 


·        Provide liaison and coordinates technical engineering work throughout design and construction stages with affected District elements, and with other Federal, state, and local government agencies and their engineering representatives.


·        Work with the Branch Chief and Project Managers in developing input and monitoring project budgets, schedules, and timelines.


·        Serve as geotechnical design consultant to Branch Chief responsible for geotechnical features, resolving problems, providing advice and developing procedures for various geotechnical design and analysis, including subsurface soils investigations.


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General Schedule


Specialized experience: To be qualified for the GS-13 supervisory position, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12). Best qualified candidates must show in their resumes that they possess extensive experience and training in the following areas: Performing soil mechanics analysis; conducting and advising on the design of all soil and rock foundations, loadings on soil and rock foundations, retaining structures and embankment structures. Conducting geotechnical site investigations and inspection, leading in the preparation of programs for field soils explorations and reviewing completed designs and specifications for adherence to safety tolerances, adequacy, and good soils engineering practice. Professional working knowledge of concrete materials, concrete mix design and concrete placement or other experience directly related to the position.


Time in Grade Restriction: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction. Applicants must have one year of time-in-grade at the GS-12.


To be referred, applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade and specialized experience requirements within thirty (30) days after the closing date of the announcement. 


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, applicants must have one of the following:


A. A bachelor's degree in professional engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY. (You must provide transcripts to support educational claims).
B. A bachelor's or higher-level degree in professional engineering. The curriculum included 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) statistics, dynamics+ADs- (b) strength of materials (stress/strain relationships)+ADs- (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics+ADs- (d) thermodynamics+ADs- (e) electrical fields and circuits+ADs- (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties)+ADs- and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science of physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. (You must provide transcripts to support educational claims).

C. A current registered as a professional engineer by a state in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. I also have college-level education, training, and/or technical expertise that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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. (You must provide transcripts to support educational claims).
D. Completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the ABET+ADs- and I have successfully passed the Engineer in Training examination, or the written test required for professional registration, that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. (You must provide transcripts to support educational claims).
E. A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical expertise that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph B above. The courses are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. (You must provide transcripts to support educational claims).

Other Requirements:
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- 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.


- One year Supervisory probationary period may be required.


- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


***NOTE:  Incumbent must have and maintain a Professional Engineer Registration.  Please attach a copy of your professional registration to your application and clearly state in your resume that you have such registration.


***NOTE: This position required the incumbent to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the positions and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


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    Special Note to NSPS Applicants: If you apply for and accept a GS position, your GS pay will be set differently than if you transition out of NSPS with your organization. If you apply for and accept a position and your pay cannot be set within the GS grade range, you may not be eligible for pay retention. Be sure to refer to the NSPS web site ( for more details on how this might affect your specific situation."

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at
    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at
    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.



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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 04, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID686071.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
    2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    The Department of the 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. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required: 

    • Resume
    • Online Application (Questionnaire)
    • Transcripts: This position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • Eligibility: You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to the items listed above.
    • ***NOTE:  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.  

    PLEASE NOTE : Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Rachel Owens
    Phone: (615)736-2165
    Agency Information:
    PO Box 59
    Louisville, KY


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