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Job Title:General Engineer - GS - 0801-12 / 13 (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants) ARC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.RPD-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 21, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013




Full Time- - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


  • Current or former federal employee with status OR
  • Veterans who are eligible under VEOA

If you are not a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.RPD-2013-0014, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

This position is located in the Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development, Office of Engineering and Project Development, in Washington, D.C.

Under the supervision and general administrative direction of the Division Chief, you will provide engineering services, program management and technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of passenger and freight rail projects. The work will require you to apply engineering judgment and principles as well as project management and administrative skills to perform engineering studies and operations oversight of projects funded by grants or loans, including progress reviews, site visits, and managing oversight contractors. The work will also require you to interface with diverse public, industry and Government (U.S. and foreign) groups who have interests and concerns with the planning and implementation of rail infrastructure investments. The work also often requires basic understanding and use of several engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, as well as engineering economics.

The ideal candidate has experience in providing engineering review, program and project management, technical guidance and oversight of passenger and freight rail projects.  


  • Must be a status candidate or VEOA eligible and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job also advertised open to all US Citizens: FRA.RPD-2013-0014
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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At the full performance level, you will:

  • Review and comment on engineering documentation detailing project scope, schedule and budgets; including analysis of engineering reports and design drawings for railroad track, structures, and vehicles.
  • Apply engineering judgment and principles; project management and administrative skills; to engineering studies and operations oversight of projects funded by grants or loans.
  • Work closely with the staff in the Environmental and Systems Planning Division to ensure strong integration among projects and to provide technical assistance with engineering, design and environmental requirements.
  • Provide technical support for the development and review of project scoping and development of statements of work.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of infrastructure operations planning and simulation methods including railroad capacity modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other resources for railroad project development and planning.
  • Assess and build upon the project management capacity of grantees and potential grantees to ensure successful implementation of projects and programs.
  • Assist in the development of standards, tools, and policies to ensure effective development and systems integration of railroad projects, plans, railroad capacity modeling and evaluation of the railroad operating environment.
  • Represent FRA in management and technical briefings, conferences, and meetings.
  • Conduct review and oversight of Amtrak, State and railroad capital planning and implementation; including state of-good repair, capacity improvement, and service enhancement projects.
  • Participate in related conferences, workshops and research efforts to provide technical assistance to recipients and potential recipients of Federal financial assistance, including training, one-on-one support, site visits, project reviewsand other communications tools.
  • At the lower grade level, your assignments may be less complex and/or you may need more guidance from your supervisor.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the Education Requirement for the series, provide a copy of transcripts for verification, and meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, your experience should include at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience applying engineering principles and practices as they relate to project development, standards and procedures in the transportation industry.
  • Experience providing advice and guidance in various internal and external meetings, conferences or training sessions on issues related to transportation project development.
GRADE 13 In addition to meeting the specialized experience at the GS-12, this level requires:
  • Experience providing program and/or project management oversight and monitoring of transportation programs.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college. OR
  • Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (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 as an engineer.
  • Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
  • Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM
  • Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec. 31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb. 15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official. As this is an engineering position and you are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license or passing the Engineer In Training (EIT), please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • SF-50 - which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you MUST meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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