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Job Title:  Electrical Engineer
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  MP-13-900221-OS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Palo Alto, CA - $81,460 to $125,926

Denver, CO - $73,848 to $114,158

New Orleans, LA - $ 68,809 to $106,369


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 900221

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Who May Apply: You may apply as a Merit Promotion candidate if you are a current or former career/career conditional Federal employee with competitive status or eligible for consideration under a special hiring authority (i.e, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A).

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.  Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under these appointment authorities.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Relocation Expenses will be authorized.
  • Relocation Incentive will be authorized
  • Travel required 15% of the time.
  • Position subject to mobility agreement


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The incumbent serves as a Electrical Engineer in the Field Resident Engineer Staff within the Office of Operations; Office of Construction and Facilities Management in the Department of Veteran Affairs. The incumbent reports to a Senior Engineer, on daily construction activities for a major renovation, addition, or new construction for VA facilities. Construction activities involve new construction, renovation projects, seismic reinforcement, modernization, demolition projects and major replacement systems. Construction sites are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and have a timeline of sixteen months to five years.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviews contractor's critical path method diagrams (CPM) for construction logic and correct tie-in for submittal items;
  • Review cost breakdown and cost loading of CPM activities and provides recommendation to the Senior Resident Engineer in charge for acceptance or rejection;
  • Participates in updating the project information through the computer system and in certifying items for the processing of construction draw payments;
  • Reviews submittals of equipment and matterials submitted by the contractor for compliance with the contract specification;
  • Submits samples to the testing laboratory and reviews reports of findings to assure that materials meet standards;
  • Records tests findings and maintains a log of failures, their cause, number and locations.
  • Maintains accurate and complete job files including as-built drawings, specifications, submittals and general correspondence.

    WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


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    TIME-IN-GRADE Requirements: Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures must meet the following time-in-grade requirements: One year at the GS-11 level is qualifying for the GS-12. One year at the GS-12 level is qualifying for the GS-13. (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION).


    Minimum Qualifications:

    Specialized Experience for the GS-12 grade level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service performing work involving:

    Specialized Experience: knowledge to conduct inspections of partial and completed work; of construction phasing, standard design and industry practices and construction drawings and specifications and of medical facilities' functions, safety and life support requirements and the impact on active construction.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-13 grade level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service performing work involving:

    Specialized Experience: the knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of two or more engineering disciplines to reconcile conflicts or difficulties among various construction trades; ability to solve a variety of complex technical problems; knowledge of construction phasing and standard design practices, construction drawings and specifications as they apply to medical facilities; and knowledge of health care delivery, patient environments, support system requirements and occupational, safety and health issues.


    There is no education substitution at the GS-12 of GS-13 grade levels.


    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

    KSA 1 - Ability to review design and construction plans against existing site conditions and assess the need to make changed because of unforeseen design problems;

    KSA 2 - Ability to determine compliance of workmanship, materials, equipment and installed work with contract requirement.;

    KSA 3 - Knowledge of other professional engineering disciplines.

    KSA 4 - Ability communicate verbally and in writing

    KSA 5 - Ability to verify safety requirements on construction sites that contain multiple ongoing activities by applying a through knowledge of OSHA safety standards;

    KSA 6 - Ability to utilize a variety of software to monitor, update and produce work products by applying computer knowledge.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at


    APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.   If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document 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.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


    After the vacancy announcement closes, those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position are referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


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    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

    Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you cannot apply online: you will need to click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.  Then print the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt n case verification is needed.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 900221. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


    The following documents are required:

    1. Résumé 
    2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
    3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


    Olga Shilkina
    Phone: (202)461-0524
    Agency Information:
    VA Central Office HRS
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    810 Vermont Avenue NW
    Washington, DC


    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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