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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  SWGJ13000000879556P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$24,933.00 to $39,549.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Temporary NTE 1 year
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Louisville, KY United StatesView Map
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map
Detroit, MI United StatesView Map
Huntington, WV United StatesView Map
Chicago Metro Area, IL United States
More Locations  (2)
Current students in the local commuting area.


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.

About the Position:
To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit:

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. 

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

Positions will initially be filled as Temporary NTE 1 year at the GS-3 or GS-4 grade level and may be extended.  

The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

In order to meet the above requirements for conversion it is highly recommend you have 2 full Semesters or 4 Terms remaining in your degree program.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) cost is not authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

Payment of Relocation bonus is not authorized.

Work Schedule may be full-time, part-time, or intermittent.


This is a standing register for multiple vacancies within the USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.  Applications will be accepted throughout the duration of this announcement and vacancies will be filled as they become available.

Who May Apply:

  •  Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

* To be considered, Students must be attending college and live within the commuting area of the location of the position.  Generally, this is identified as the area in which employees can be reasonably expected to commute daily between their residence and the duty location.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifing institution.
  • U.S. Citizen


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Serve as a Student Trainee in one of the Engineering disciplines:  Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental.  Will receive formal/informal and on-the-job training in the application of engineering principles, theories, concepts, and practices.

  •  Assist on various aspects of engineering projects such as, preparing drawings, graphs, and charts.
  • Perform analysis and calculations using standard mathematical engineering formulas and standards.
  • Research and collect technical data for use by senior engineers.
  • Record factual data from tests and other studies by manual or computerized systems.


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To qualify at the GS-03 level, applicants must have completed 1 academic year of post high school education.


To Qualify at the GS-4 level applicants must have completed 2 academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.


Note:  Education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job, i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering.  The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy upon graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for  the corresponding two-grade interval position.



Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the 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 websites at -  and

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume. 

A copy of your transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application.  If selected, official transcripts will be required.


Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Must be accepted for enrollment and seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in a qualifying educational institution in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Environmental Engineering

Must maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by the educational institution.

Must be and remain in good academic standing.



Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.



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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • 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.


    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    Positions may be filled at any of the locations listed. 

    Minimum and/or Maximum salary may differ according to location.

    Vacancies may be filled at the GS-03 or G-04 grade level.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    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. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 30, 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 ID879556.  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 Questionnaire.  Use 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.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. 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 accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    •        Resume: Your resume may be submitted in any format; however, if you submit a resume with inappropriate material (e.g. photos) you will not be considered for this vacancy. For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e. hours 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.

    •        Online Application (Questionnaire)

    •        Transcripts: This appointment/position has an education requirement.  You must submit unofficial college transcripts with your application in order to show proof of current enrollment and proof of current standing (i.e. cumulative GPA). Submission of transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you currently occupy or have in the past occupied a government position requiring the same education.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at application time; however, if selected you must be able to provide the original transcript, class schedule, and certification of status from the school before you are appointed.

           Proof of enrollment: If you have not yet received transcripts, but have been officially accepted for enrollment and are seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in a qualifying institution, you will need to provide proof of enrollment.  Acceptable proof of enrollment consists of a letter from the registrar confirming enrollment/acceptance or a copy of your confirmation letter from your school confirming acceptance for enrollment.


      Veterans: If you are a veteran’s preference eligible, you MUST submit proof of veteran's preference with your application package (in addition to the items listed above).  These documents may include, but are not limited to:

          - For current active duty service members - A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.   If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:  Please upload veteran’s documents under the appropriate category.
          - For veterans’ preference eligibles  - a copy of your DD Form 214 that includes service/proof of service and MUST include character of service OR a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which MUST include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you MUST submit a VA letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) AND a completed SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference) or Activation/Deactivation orders.  For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link: 


    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.


    Bobbie J. Vinup
    Phone: (502)315-6586
    Agency Information:
    PO Box 59
    Louisville, KY


    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:

    Additional Duty Location Info

    Few vacancies in the following locations:
    Louisville, KY United StatesView Map
    Nashville, TN United StatesView Map
    Detroit, MI United StatesView Map
    Huntington, WV United StatesView Map
    Chicago Metro Area, IL United States
    Pittsburgh, PA United StatesView Map
    Buffalo, NY United StatesView Map

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