Selective Placement Factor: A current professional engineering license is required for the technical review/approval authority required on engineering design and construction documents.
Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. 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.
B. 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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
In addition to meeting the Selective Placement Factor and Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience as defined below:
GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.
Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-14: Professional engineering experience responsible for reviewing/approving engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications required for the planning, design and construction of complex and difficult civil works projects related to power and/or the storage and conveyance of water such as canals, dams, pipelines or tunnels. Work experience should be at the senior level and demonstrate most of the following: project management, planning and budgeting; maintaining contact and collaborative working relationships with state, federal and local agencies; providing counsel to project stakeholders and outside organizations concerning complex design and construction issues; and ability to lead and supervise a multi-discipline staff. These examples are not all inclusive.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire.The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1)Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
-Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
-Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
-Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions
1. Knowledge of professional engineering concepts, principles, and practices pertaining to engineering design, construction, and geotechnical engineering for water resources projects.
2. Knowledge of and experience reviewing and implementing engineering plans, designs, specifications, statements of work, and cost estimates for water resource and related projects.
3. Ability to communicate in writing to prepare technical engineering reports and documents.
4. Ability to represent the agency on highly controversial issues to develop support for water resources decisions and persuade others to accept particular actions, concepts, or approaches.
5. Ability to manage an engineering program and supervise a complex and technical organization composed of a diversified staff.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration. To preview questions please click here.