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Job Title:Mechanical Engineer

Agency:National Gallery of Art

Job Announcement Number:NGA-13-8A

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


 Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals                                              


Vacancy announcement # NGA-13-8B is being issued at the same time for this position and is open to federal competitive status candidates and those candidates eligible under special appointing authorities (e.g., 30% or more compensable service-connected disabled veterans, VEOA, and individuals with disabilities).  Candidates who wish to apply under both vacancy announcements MUST apply separately for each announcement.

The National Gallery of Art seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as the Senior Mechanical and Physical Plant Engineer under the Office of Administrative Facilities Management to perform senior mechanical engineering and project management services for maintaining and operating the physical plant to ensure that the highest of environmental standards are always met to protect the nation’s finest art.


  • U.S. citizenship required


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The Senior Mechanical and Physical Plant Engineer (SMPPE) provides mechanical engineering advice to the Chief of Facilities and provides mechanical engineering guidance and direction to the Operations Department Manager on all relevant matters.  The SMPPE serves as the Gallery’s senior mechanical engineer and provides technical mechanical engineering expertise and guidance on all matters pertaining to physical plant engineering and sustainability efforts.  The SMPPE provides professional mechanical engineering recommendations and guidance to the facilities management staff in:  physical plant maintenance and operations, including repair program planning; support to construction, minor alterations, and improvement; facilities condition assessments; facilities maintenance and repair service contracts; energy management; and energy conservation measures.  Through mechanical engineering knowledge and experience, the SMPPE provides vision and leadership to the Gallery in all matters pertaining to:  the physical plant facilities and infrastructure; physical plant planning and program development; mechanical design, maintenance and repairs; capital revitalization and sustainability with a focus on mechanical systems; contract administration; and development of Gallery budgetary resource requirements for operations, maintenance, and utilities.

The National Gallery of Art’s facilities comprise over 1.3 million square feet of building space, including two monumental buildings. These major facilities are listed as National Historic Landmarks. The Gallery also operates and maintains storage and shop facilities in Landover, Maryland and several other smaller facilities in Washington DC.  The Gallery’s physical plant operates primarily on electricity and GSA supplied steam and chilled water, the latter running through four large plate and frame heat exchangers.  The Gallery’s own chilled water system is unique, in that it is an open loop system with 49 air washers to clean and cool the air in order to meet strict gallery temperature and humidity standards.


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Candidates must meet the Qualifications Standards Handbook requirements for GS-830-14:

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. This experience must be performing or supervising senior mechanical engineering duties and responsibilities in operating a physical plant (HVAC) at a large facility with stringent environmental standards, such as a museum or hospital and  designing mechanical systems (e.g., HVAC, plumbing, controls, energy), and coordinating construction of these systems.  .  Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience.  If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.


Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates.  Candidates should ensure their résumé and application packet clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.


1.  Knowledge of facilities management, a strong mechanical engineering background, and skill at a high level in operations and program management, resource coordination, and physical plant operations.


2.  Skill in dealing with individuals to gather and communicate information and obtain acceptance of mechanical and energy project designs.


3.  Ability to direct complex operations to accomplish mission objectives, possess a high level of managerial and people skills.


4.  Skill in designing modifications for facilities or major mechanical equipment that may require unique design approaches and modifications of standard techniques, rather than design approaches commonly used for commercial buildings. 

Candidates must meet the Qualifications Standards Handbook requirements for GS-830-14:

  1. Degree: 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.


  1. 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 succesfully 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.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

REQUIREMENTS: The work is often sedentary, but walking, climbing, and bending to inspect operations, standing for extended periods, and related physical exertion is required.  There may be times that inspections will need to be performed in poorly lit or ventilated tunnels with limited space to maneuver.  There may be times to climb narrow ladders or spiral staircases to access mechanical or other spaces.  Incumbent must wear or apply safety equipment or clothing whenever necessary or appropriate.


All qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three pre-determined quality categories.  This evaluation will be based on the personal, educational and work experience indicated in the candidate’s résumé and in their responses to the applicant questions. 


Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your responses are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have overstated your experience or your responses are not supported by your resume OR if your application is incomplete, you will be assigned to a quality category commensurate to your described experience.  Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not hiring you. 

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The Gallery offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  Information on Federal benefits is provided at:  If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.






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Please Note:

1. You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).

2. You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the National Gallery of Art Personnel Office on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

The National Gallery of Art receives many applications for each job.  Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks.  You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS.”


1)                  DD214 – Member Copy 4 required.

2)                  SF-15 & supporting documentation (only if claiming 10-point veteran’s preference.  Letters must be dated 1991 or later.  Candidates must attach all required proof to be awarded 10-point   veteran’s preference.)

3)   ICTAP entitlement documentation (only if claiming it).  Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the ICTAP must be well qualified to receive consideration.  ICTAP candidates MUST submit: a copy of the agency reduction-in-force notice, a copy of their most recent annual performance rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 “Notice of Personnel Action” noting current or last position held, grade level, and the duty location.



Phone: 202-842-6814
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC
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When the vacancy announcement closes we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  To check your application status for this job, please go to My USAJOBS, input your User ID and password, and select "Track your online job Applications".


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