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Job Title:General Engineer GS-5T11(Technical Career Field Recent Graduate)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-13-KH-914838

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $57,408.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 01, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Recent Graduates

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
North Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Announcement will close on midnight of the day that applications reach 50.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 914838

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.  

Come and join a dynamic group of people in the Human Resources Management Service at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. This is an advanced developmental position in which the incumbent will gain experience and develop his/her knowledge, skill and abilities in the Engineering profession through the completion of more complex assignments and the exercise of increasing authority and responsibility.

This position is being filled under the TCF Recent Graduates Program. TCF is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field.

Individuals selected for these positions are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through and extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location.

If selected for the TCF Recent Graduate Program, you will follow a formal training plan for 2 years. During the first year, you will be under a temporary appointment in the excepted service. Participants who are successfully meeting the requirements at the end of their first year are eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term appointment (1-4 years in duration) without further competition. This conversion is at the agency’s discretion.

Selectee will be required to sign Mobility, Training, Continued Service and Participant Agreements.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION TO UPLOAD. ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS.

WHO MAY APPLY: RECENT GRADUATES WITH AN ASSOCIATES, BACHELORS, MASTERS, PROFESSIONAL, DOCTORATE, VOCATIONAL OR TECHNICAL DEGREE OR CERTIFCATE FROM QUALIFYING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree or certification completion to apply. For more employment information for veterans, go to OPM’s Feds Hire Vets (external link) website. Students may apply if they are within 3 months of completing the above described requirements. (NOTE: Individuals who graduated between 12/27/10 and 07/10/12 will be eligible to apply under the Recent Graduates Program through 7/10/2014.)

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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Duties:

He/She will work under the general supervision of the Chief of Engineering in supervising the construction program and assisting the engineering maintenance and operations program. This includes providing professional consultative advise to management and improvement of buildings, grounds, utilities and equipment. Also, responsible for the coordination of the Engineering Construction Program. He/she conducts continual program reviews and makes recommendations to the Chief of Engineering for improvements and modifications. He/she will be responsible of the inspection of projects during construction, preparing necessary reports, checking blueprints and specifications, and for taking corrective action as indicated. Prepares cost estimates, drawings and specifications and justifications and description for proposed medical center projects. Reviews and approves/disapproves material and equipment submittals.

Work Schedule: 1st, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

PD #: 598-00984-A


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 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.

                                                                           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.

  • Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Definition of Professional Engineering Experience: The professional engineering experience required for grades GS-7 and above is defined as nonroutine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.

Professional knowledge of engineering is defined as the comprehensive, indepth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent.

Professional ability to apply engineering knowledge is defined as the ability to (a) apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception; (b) adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and (c) organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.

Professional work in engineering, like that in other professions, is marked by continuing personal effort to keep abreast of the advancing and changing discipline. Continuing education in engineering and related fields is an important element of full professional competence as an engineer that should be considered in evaluating the qualifications of applicants for professional engineering positions.

In some situations, experience may be creditable even if it is not clearly professional engineering work. In such cases, the experience must have been preceded by prior responsible professional engineering experience and must contribute directly and significantly to the applicant's engineering competence. For example, an engineer might be assigned to a management-type position in preparation for assumption of higher-level responsibilities in engineering project or program management.

 

GS-7: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement and one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5

GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree and one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9


 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


References: U.S. Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Group Coverage Qualification Standards. You may also access this standard through the Internet at the following address: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Work requires some physical excertion and occasional lifting of heavy objects.

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) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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




HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

 

Candidates for appointment under the Recent Graduates appointing authority in the occupation of General Engineering GS-5 & 7 are required to undergo the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment process. The VA Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) in Atlanta, GA administers this process. Applicants must follow the instructions below under "How To Apply."

Using the Category Rating system, applicants will be evaluated on their resume as it relates to the position along with the Specialized Experience required. The competencies required should be reflected and demonstrated by the extent and quality of experience, education and training in your resume. Based on the evaluation of your resume you be placed into one of the following three categories:

Best Qualified applicants demonstrate an outstanding proficiency in the needed competency on review of the application package by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s).

Well Qualified applicants demonstrate an excellent proficiency in the needed competencies based on review of the application by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s).

Qualified applicants demonstrate and meet the basic qualifications based on review of the application by a Subject Matter Expert(s) and/or evaluator(s).




REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Resume (required).

VA Form OF 306 - Declaration For Federal Employment (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/of0306.pdf (required).

Transcripts (MUST SHOW DEGREE AS CONFERRED) (required).

Please 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.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 914838.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 11, 2013Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kawauna Hubanks
Phone: (501)257-1763
Email: KAWAUNA.HUBANKS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR
72114
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

RQ-13-KH-914838

Control Number:

346237700