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Job Title:Student Trainee (ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN) - Internship

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGG13551609877663P

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

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$26,418.00 to $34,343.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE One year


1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map


Students who are currently enrolled or accepted at a qualifying institution on at least a half time basis, pursuing an Engineering Technology diploma or degree closely related to this field (must have completed 1 full academic years of qualifying post-high school study).


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

To be eligible for this appointment students must be currently enrolled or accepted at a qualifying institution on at least a half time basis, pursuing an Engineering Technology diploma or degree closely related  and complete at least 640 hours of career related work prior to graduation.  


About the Position:

This position is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Construction Division, Design Branch.  The St. Paul District is responsible for planning water resource projects in the Upper Mississippi Valley.  Projects include supporting inland navigation, flood risk management, restoring environmental resources and providing emergency response to disasters.  The Engineering Technician intern will work under the direction of a higher-graded technicians and with a team of higher-graded engineers to accomplish a wide variety of tasks such as, preparing or revising CADD drawings of engineering designs.  

About the Pathways Internship Program:

The purpose of the Pathways Internship Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the US Army Corps of Engineers St Paul District and the intern. Within 120 calendar days after completing educational requirements, the employing agency may non-competitively promote and convert an intern to a career/career-conditional or term appointment. The conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.

About the Surrounding Area:

Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota and the seat of Ramsey County.  Along with Minneapolis, it occupies the center of the fifteen-county Twin Cities metropolitan statistical area.  The city developed in the late nineteenth century through the efforts of railroad Baron James Hill and religious leader Archbishop John Ireland.  In addition to being a primary transportation and distribution hub, Saint Paul has gained a national reputation for its effective local government, attractive architecture, rich cultural environment, and quality of life.  The combined cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are highly rated for their livability and rank among the country's best places for growing a business.

Who May Apply:

Current students from accredited educational institutions interested in paid internship opportunities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District.


  • Must be accepted or enrolled as a degree-seeking student in good standing
  • Academic course load must be at least half-time
  • Moving expenses will not be paid
  • Copies of College Transcripts MUST be submitted with application
  • If selected, must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship


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As a student trainee you will perform a variety of routine, repetitive tasks that require the application of simple work procedures in the engineering field.   You will apply appropriate guidelines in the accomplishment of familiar tasks.   Participate in studies, inspections, projects or other activities assigned to higher graded personnel by performing familiar tasks and/or carrying out portions of more difficult assignments for the purpose of acquiring specific subject matter knowledge or skill in the engineering field.   Developmental assignments can include compiling specific data form records or other sources such as specifications, drawings, and performing specified arithmetic computations, plotting data and drawing curves.


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US Army Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Candidates will be required to meet the qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying.


  • For GS-3: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics. (Special note: courses in CAD Drafting and Design, Engineering Technology, Construction Technology or related program with a CADD emphasis are highly desirable.)  


  • The classification of the intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework of the candidate. Many positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements. Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled, and can be viewed at OPM Student Trainee Position Qualifications.

Only degrees from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. 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.

Foreign education must be evaluated for US equivilancy to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Unofficial Transcripts will be accepted with applications. If selected, official college or university transcripts must be received before official start date.

All internship applicants are required to submit the following supportive documents:

  • Resume (with current cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation)
  • Current Transcript (official or unofficial accepted)


If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement to verify Selective Service Registration.

You must be at least 16 years of age.


You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevent to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the online questionnaire, and your supporting documentation to determinte your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than supported by your resume/application, or your resume and/or application is incomplete, you may be rated as ineligible and not referred for further consideration for this Internship.


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  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • 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


    Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers


    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    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. If applicable, current or prior Federal employee's attach a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50)

    4. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 01, 2013.

    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. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 877663.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    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.  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 of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army 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.


    • 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.
    • All applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts (official or unofficial) with their application package. Official college transcripts will be required at time of selection.  If you have not attended college, you MUST submit a copy of your acceptance letter.
    • 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 are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
    • If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

    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
    TDD: (800)627-3529
    Agency Information:
    DA SWR USACE St Paul
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    180 5th Street East Ste 700
    St Paul, MN


    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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