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Job Title:General Engineer - 0801 - 13 (Open to all U.S. Citizens) SB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Transit Administration

Job Announcement Number:FTA-LMRO-2013-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$92,259.00 to $119,935.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 03, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013




Full Time - - TERM 2 YEARS, with possible 2 year extension.




2 vacancies in the following location:
New York - New York, NY, USView Map


Any U.S. Citizen


Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public Transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This position is located in the Lower Manhattan Recovery Office (LMRO), Region II, New York, New York Office of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The transit programs of LMRO are characterized by the highest degree of complexity and sensitivity due to the number of persons served, the type and size of on-going projects, the involvement of large sums of money/complex financial arrangements, the coordination of different transit needs, the involvement of multiple governmental jurisdiction and the level of particularly complex; novel and politically sensitive issues.

The LMRO Office manages the most sophisticated transit operators and transit system network in the United States and has the largest most complex transit programs in the country.  The LMRO program experiences intense scrutiny by the public, elected officials of all levels, and the media.  This position requires the services of an individual with the highest professional qualifications and with extensive experience and expertise. 

This position is perfect for a mid-to-senior level engineer who is looking for an excellent opportunity to join the Federal Transit Administration, work with transportation officials and meet the challenges of advancing the best transit systems. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and have the ability to provide specialized engineering assistance to the grantees, program managers, and senior staff to resolve problems and ensure successful delivery of federally funded projects.

This is a TERM position.  The initial appointment will be for two years and it may be extended for an additional two years without further competition.  Selection under a term appointment does not confer competitive status in the Federal government.  Completion of a one-year trail period is required.

PLEASE NOTE: If interviewed for this position – at the interview stage, candidates will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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General Engineer,

  • Assists in the coordination of risk assessments with grantees and Project Management Oversight Contractors (PMOCs). Reviews budget revision requests based on the eligibility of expenses, compliance with approved project scopes and availability of funds.
  • Aids in project development activity related to assigned grantees including review, analysis, evaluation and response to technical submissions. Organizes regular technical overview sessions with a grantee and its engineering consultant(s). Participates and serves as an FTA point of contact at Procurement Reviews, Financial Management Oversight Reviews, and other reviews as necessary.
  • Provides expert technical assistance and ensures the application of other FTA expert resources to assist grantees in developing creative solutions to complex project coordination and engineering issues. Uses judgment and specialized knowledge to detect and subsequently resolve unique problems by developing the appropriate LMRO response.
  • Prepares reports, memoranda and other written communications as needed or requested; develops draft responses to correspondence, prepares briefing papers, statistical summaries and policy papers; reviews financial and technical policy recommendations and technical proposals. Participates with on-site reviews to inspect projects during the development stage and on-going construction. Effectively communicates issues up the LMRO management structure chain.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience managing or directing various aspects of public works construction projects including experience extending and modifying traditional design and construction engineering options.
  • Experience with financial grants oversight, technical guidance and compliance reviews.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


All applicants must meet one of the following
requirements to qualify for consideration for an
engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a professional
    engineering degree at an accredited university
    or college
  • OR
  • Have a combination of college level
    education or training AND technical experience
    that has furnished you with
    (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
    1. Professional registration as a
    2. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training
      Written Test
    3. Successful documented completion of at least
      60 semester hours of courses in the physical,
      mathematical, and engineering sciences as
      described by OPM.
    4. Successful completion of a curriculum
      leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering
      technology or in an appropriate professional
      field and at least 1 year of professional
      engineering experience acquired under
      professional engineering supervision and

Please review the OPM page on specifics about
required curriculum and for more information on
qualifications, please visit GS-800:    
All Professional Engineering Positions


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official. If you are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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