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Job Title:  Mechanical Engineer
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  TRICARE Management Activity
Job Announcement Number:  NCJT12953302741109DR1

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

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$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medicine (JTF CapMed) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.

About the Position:

Located at a medical treatment facility.    Work will be in an office setting and on-the-job inspecting the areas of concern, both indoors and outdoors.  There will be nominal walking, stooping and bending.

US Citizens


  • Incentives are not authorized.
  • Moving expenses are not authorized.


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You will serve as mechanical engineer responsible for technical direction of all mechanical engineering projects for Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital.  Duties involve advanced planning, organizing, scheduling, coordinating, controlling and furnishing technical guidance to staff engineers and medical center customers on project assignments.  You will analyze and design systems and construction for new mechanical installations; renovate mechanical system modification or renovation, develop new approaches for construction and renovation and design major problems. Responsible for a wide variety of projects involving new construction, mechanical system modification, renovation, equipment relocation and repair of mechanical systems including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, direct digital controls and Medical center utilities such as water, air, oxygen, vacuum, steam, gas and sewer systems.  Determines design projects, scope of work, phasing and cost requirements.  Organizes project design in terms of staffing and scheduling requirements.  Designs complete systems including layout of piping and ducts; determines size and type of components; designs controls and switchgear.  Solves complex problems referred by engineers requiring technical decisions involving nonconventional aspects of design. Reviews completed assignments for adequacy or technical decisions and coordination of all phases, to minimize interruptions to critical operations.  Ensure projects include:  adequate safety features; efficient electrical, water and other utility systems usage; and effective operating conditions for mechanical system components.  Keeps abreast of latest developments and selects those methods, materials, and equipment of value to the medical treatment facility.  Monitors contractors work on projects implementation. 



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General Schedule

Specialized experience: To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-11.  Specialized experience is defined as:  Plan and execute mechanical engineering projects for a medical treatment facility.  Develop new and/or modify existing mechanical engineering designs; advise on design and construction methods for all projects.


You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:

Knowledge of engineering priniciples and practices.

Project management.

Skill with mechanical engineering design.

Ability to Communicate.


Educations requirements: 

Bachelors 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. 




Have a 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 -- 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.
(2)Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
 (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.
(4) 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.)


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.  For additional information, please go to the Office of personnel management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at- and http://www.ed.gove/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.


Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position.  Please include this information in your resume. 

If the position has a positive education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education, you must submit your transcripts with your application.

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 trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Security background investigation is required for all positions.

May require drug screening.




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. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for RatingQualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

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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    • 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

    • Bethesda, Maryland is located  just northwest of our nation’s capital Washington DC.  In 2009 Forbes ranked Bethesda second on its list of “America’s Most Liveable Cities.”  Rich in history there are many museums and landmarks to visit throughout the city. The area commonly known as "Downtown Bethesda" is centered at the intersection of Bethesda Avenue and Woodmont Avenue. There is public transit both rail and bus at two primary locations. For more information about Bethesda go to:

    • All federal agencies in the National Capital Region offer qualified employees a monthly stipend as a transit or vanpool subsidy to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Generally, staff members who take part must give up their parking permits to receive the subsidy. Federal (civil service) employees who use public transportation or van pools to Bethesda are entitled to a free MetroChek pass which can be used to save up to $230 per month in transit costs

     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: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    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) onWednesday, December 19, 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. 

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.   You will need three documents to complete this process:   the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below.  


    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from  


    2. View Occupational QuestionnaireUse this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.   Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.


    3.   On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of "E" ("I am considered an expert in performing this task....").  


    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.   Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.   When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.  


    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.   Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.   Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date TAG:Closing Date of the announcement.


    The Department of the Defense 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: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the 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
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    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.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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