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Job Title:General Engineer/Architect (Interdisclipinary)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-791094-SW

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

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$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


VacancyID: 791094 (Include on all documents).

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to



  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period.
  • Subject to possible Mobilty Agreement
  • Travel required approximately 25% of the time.
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.


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The incumbent serves as an Architect or General Engineer within the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM), Consulting Support Service within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The office is responsible for problem identification and assessment, investigation, analysis and presentation of findings on Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules and claims submitted by private contractors.  In addition, the incumbent works with the Project Manager and VA Medical Centers on establishing a phasing schedule to minimize the disruption caused by construction.  He/she will also serve as a technical CPM expert in reviewing contractor CPM schedules, change order analysis, parallel runs, and in support of litigation directed by the Office of General Counsel.


Responsibilities include:

·         Work with the Project Manager, Engineering Staff and Medical Center Director to develop a viable construction phasing plan and schedule to minimize the disruption caused by the construction project.

·         Review the contractor's interim and final CPM diagrams for logic, cost loading and constructability.

·         Recommend to the contracting officer or his representative approval or disapproval of the CPM diagram with explanation. 

·         Review updates and schedules to determine if the schedule reflects actual sequence, work progress, contractor problems and or other potential problems.

·         Develop a planned approach to proceed with a detailed analysis that includes legal interface, initial discussion, file search, preliminary analysis, theory and strategy development for claim review.

·         Develop data collection tools, analyzes the data collected and assimilates information on the project.

·         Examine accuracy of CPM schedules and notes errors and identifies problems. 

·         Identify and analyze contract change orders, identify contractor problems, extra work items, designer performance and other issues which impact the project.

·         Develop” fragnets” for projects using CPM with the resident engineer for analysis in the monthly CPM updates to determine delays or impact on the overall construction schedule.


Perform other duties as assigned.


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To qualify, you must meet both the basic education and specialized experience for the series(s) for which you are applying.

Basic Education Requirements: 

To qualify as a General Engineer (801), you must have:

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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer 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.

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 above.

Related curriculum--Successful completion of a 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, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


To qualify as an Architect (808), you must have:


Degree: architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.


B.     Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:


Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.

Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Specialized Experience:


At the GS-13 grade level:

You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  experience with major on-site construction of hospital or medical facilities; serving as the contracting officer related to major renovation, modernizations, or new construction for highly specialized medical facilities, nursing homes, energy centers, cemeteries, and administrative facilities; and/or providing professional engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture advice and assistance on Federal Acquisition/Contract regulations related to hospital and/or medical construction services.  To qualify for this job, you must have thorough knowledge and experience of medical facility design and construction.


At the GS-14 grade level:

You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  supervising and managing major on-site construction of hospital or medical facilities; serving as the contracting officer related to major renovation, modernizations, or new construction for highly specialized medical facilities, nursing homes, energy centers, cemeteries, and administrative facilities; and/or providing professional engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture advice and assistance on Federal Acquisition/Contract regulations related to hospital and/or medical construction services.  To qualify for this job, you must have thorough knowledge and experience of medical facility design and construction.


Education does not substitute for specialized experience at GS-13/GS-14 grade levels. 


Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

·         Advance knowledge of a wide range of construction principles and practices to investigate the entire range of construction and renovation processes involving large scale projects, including Project Risk analysis.

·         Advance knowledge of the Critical Path Method network analysis to evaluate the contractors CPM schedule and progress analysis utilizing the skill in applying project management software such as Primavera and MS Projects.

·         Skill in evaluating the contractors performance on complex construction claims including estimating compensable damages and reasonable claims cost.

·         Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations related to Architect/Engineers and construction contracts.

·        Skill in managing a workload with multiple projects with various priorities and complexities.

·       Skill in facilitating training sessions on various CPM and contracting topic.





APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accred-itation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at"

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date.

If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.


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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional required documents, if applicable, as described below in the "Required Documents"

The complete Application Package for this announcement must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, February 04, 2013.

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

Note: To return to a previously-Saved or Incomplete application, you may use the following link:  After you submit your application, you can return to Application Manager or My USAJOBS at any time to see the status of your application - including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete the fax cover page found at using the following Vacancy ID: 791094.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire; View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You can obtain this form at
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form in its entirety - along with all supporting documents - to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form should be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page; and
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial college transcript or course listing, if applicable (an official transcript will be required before being hired)
  • Responses to the occupational questionnaire
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable

You will not be contacted for additional information.  Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!


Stephanie Watson
Phone: (202)461-6092
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups - best qualified, highly qualified, well qualified and qualified.  After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

An electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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