MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. (1) Professional engineering degree from 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 (advanced beyond 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.
B. 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Professional registration; (2) Written test - evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; (3) Specified academic courses - successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or (4) Related curriculum - successful completion of curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have education and/or specialized experience as defined below:
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.
GS-12: 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-11: Examples of specialized experience include professional engineering experience involving civil engineering concepts, particularly as related to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of concrete and earth embankment structures and water conveyance structures. Examination of or operation and maintenance of dams, canals, or other concrete and earth structures. Review and preparation of standing operating procedures, emergency action plans, or similar technical documents. The above described experience should be mostly independent work which is complete and accurate, with limited oversight and review by a more senior engineer.
GS-12: Examples of specialized experience include professional engineering experience involving civil engineering concepts, particularly as related to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of concrete and earth embankment structures and water conveyance structures. Examination of or operation and maintenance of dams, canals, or other concrete and earth structures and the supervision/leading of others these activities. Review and preparation of standing operating procedures, emergency action plans, or similar technical documents and the supervision/leading of others preparing such documents and reviewing their work. Planning, scheduling, and assigning work, and then tracking project progress and project budgets as a supervisor or as a team leader.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. 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) Highly Qualified, 2) 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 30 minutes to complete. To preview questions please click here.
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 experience in engineering principles related to maintenance and operation of dams, storage reservoirs, and delivery structures.
2. Knowledge of Reclamation's or other Safety of Dams programs, standing operating procedures, and emergency action plans.
3. Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations requiring immediate action and effectively coordinate the activities of a team to achieve objectives within identified time frames.
4. Ability to supervise staff, assign work, and review work products of staff for accomplishments, completeness and accuracy.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, in order to effectively accomplish position duties.
Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response 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.