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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Engineer (Civil/Mechanical Engineer)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-RTS2-12-264a

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 21, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810/0830-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Boise, ID, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Public Notice has been Extended to October 15th.

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-RTS2-12-263 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each. This is an interdisciplinary position. Position may be filled by: Civil Engineer, GS-0810 or Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830. Reclamation is seeking a entry-level professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a SPECIFICATION WRITER in the Engineering series. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Promotion to the Full Performance Level:  The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level.  However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition.  Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic. 

Location - Boise, ID   http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html .

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for Federal Employment.
  • Suitability for Fed employment determined by a background investigation.
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications.
  • Submit transcripts, required, to verify education requirements.
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents.
  • Valid Professional Engineer's license req. before eligible to the GS-12.

DUTIES:

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- Prepares and reviews construction specifications using bid schedules, submittals, guide specifications, manufacturer's information, standard clauses, design data and drawings.

- Assists and coordinates review of draft specifications by appropriate team members and stakeholders.

- Performs conventional design calculations, drawings and specifications for engineering features using specialized software to model engineering systems; compute quantities, sizes, and locations for cost estimates; studies; reports and designs projects.

- Researches and presents technical engineering information to both technical and non-technical audiences.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. 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.
OR
Combination of education and experience -- college level education, training, and/or technical experience 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. For more information in regard to the adequacy of acceptable experience, refer to the GS Qualification standards operating manual found at www.opm.gov, choose site index, choose "Q" and find the manual.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must meet the following qualification requirements.

For GS-07 level - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service is required. Specialized experience is defined as exposure to the engineering design and specification process. Performed calculations and provided information for inclusion into specification sections under the direct supervision of a project engineer.
OR
1 year of graduate-level education OR Superior Academic Achievement.

For GS-09 level - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as development of engineering designs and specifications under the direct supervision of a project engineer. Performed calculations for a minor portion of a larger engineering design project or responsible for development of a specification section as part of a larger specification package.
OR
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's OR equivalent graduate degree.

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer. 


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

If you are claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures required in the preparation of design drawings and specifications.

2. Skill in applying the theories, concepts, principles, and methodology of the science of engineering relevant to design and construction activities coupled with a general knowledge of research work.

3. Ability to interact professionally through written reports; oral presentations; and serving on a interdisciplinary teams with colleagues and counterparts.

4. Skill in using project management concept, principles, methods, and practices.  (To meet project goals and alleviate project delays, scheduling conflicts, or other challenges.)

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/ .

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.
If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov.

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html .

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:
-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process
-- E-mail to MMKelly@usbr.gov 
-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1424, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 - or -
-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214. 
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp .

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: mmkelly@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1425
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you WILL be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-RTS2-12-264a

Control Number:

327212900