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Job Title:Civil Engineer (Structural)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-OSHA-55

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20210View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

NOTE:  This position is also being advertised with Job Announcement MS-13-OSHA-55 for Government-Wide status employees.  In order to be considered for both vacancy announcements, you must apply to each.

THE DIRECTORATE OF CONSTRUCTION/OFFICE OF ENGINEERING SERVICES WILL NOT PAY FOR TRAVEL AND RELOCATION COSTS. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Directorate of Construction

Office of Engineering Services

Washington, D.C. 

This position is located in the, Directorate of Construction, Office of Engineering Services.  The mission of the office is to provide structural analyses of concrete, steel and wood structures to determine the cause of collapses of such structures during construction.

Salary range:

$89,033 - $115,742 per year

(include Locality Pay)

Promotion Potential: GS-13

Bargaining Unit - Local 12

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship. May be subject to travel.
  • Must provide college transcripts.
  • A writing assessment may be conducted at time of interview.
  • DD-214, SF-15 and Veterans Letter if claiming veterans preference.
  • Requires a probationary period.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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Incumbent performs structural calculations and analyses of steel, concrete and wood structures, buildings and bridges, in accord with applicable codes including ACI, AISC and National Forest Product Association codes.  Conducts manual calculations, and performs analyses using STAAD Pro software.  Models simple and complex structures in an efficient manner to obtain analytical results from STAAD Pro.  Investigates structural collapses during construction.  Analyzes a variety of factors to identify causal relationship. 

After completion of analyses, writes a report describing the incident, field observations, structural analyses and conclusions reached.  The report becomes a part of OSHA case file, and could form the basis of issuing citations to the parties involved. 

Upon request from OSHA regional administrator, participates in providing technical assistance to state government agencies regarding construction matters, and investigates construction emergencies that are generally the result of some unrecognized or obscure condition or hazard on work sites that results in a sudden catastrophe involving a number of employees.  Analyzes a variety of factors to identify causal relationships. 

Evaluates technology involved in construction with a view to recommending approaches and techniques for handling safety and health problems which are feasible for OSHA  application.  Advises OSHA program offices on technological developments in the construction industry including work practices and processes and their impact on existing OSHA standards, priorities and procedures. 

Maintains currency with technological developments in the broad fields of construction and construction safety through frequent personal contact with other professionals in the fields, directing field studies and research activities, and attending professional meetings, symposia and workshops.  Represents OSHA at professional meetings.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.  Specialized Experience examples:  Experience in finding structural engineering solutions to construction problems.  Experience in the concepts of principles and practices of structural engineering combined with a broad background in and comprehensive knowledge of structural behavior to include experience in structural design of concrete, steel, and timber buildings.  Experience in finite element analysis of structural frames and components using linear or non-linear structural analysis computer programs.  Experience and familiarity with the American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, International Building Code, and the National Forest Products Association codes.  

Basic Requirements: 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 of 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 area 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.


College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity. 

Category B – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position. 

Category C – Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.


Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Structural Engineering /Civil Engineering -  Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and methods related to the design and analyses of steel, concrete and timber structures.  Structures may include determinate or indeterminate system.  Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to design buildings, bridges and other structures including precast pre-stressed and post-tensioned components.

Structural Analysis –  Experience in finite element analysis of structural frames and components using linear or non-linear structural analysis computer programs.  Versatility in manual structural computation of steel, concrete and timber building components.  Performs structural calculations and analyses of steel, concrete and wood structures, buildings and bridges, in accord with applicable codes including ACI, AISC and National Forest Product Association codes. 

Written Communication –  Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material,  that is appropriate for the intended audience. 

Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 

Technology Application/Data Systems – Uses computers and software applications to analyze structures.  Knowledge of a variety of engineering programs to model structures and its components in an efficient manner to determine their structural response.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Anderson
Phone: 202-693-1826
Fax: 202-693-1697
TDD: 202-693-2349
Email: anderson.cynthia@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N3308
Rm. N3308
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 202-693-1697

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-OSHA-55

Control Number:

337156800