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Job Title:Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-5/7/9/11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1415-NE-CA-D-R2

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$37,073.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Tuesday, December 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0830-05/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Oakland, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1415-NE-CA-M-R2.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

This position is located in the US Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center, Long Range Enforcer Product Line, in Oakland, CA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • This position may require travel.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is a Mechanical Engineer responsible for the repair, alteration and maintenance of large Coast Guard cutters; specifically, main and auxiliary machinery systems, and piping systems.
 
Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:
 
- Performs independent studies and assessments to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of maintenance and recommends improvements to management.
- Coordinates development (including primary responsibility for definition of contract technical requirements), oversight, and estimating for assigned repair, alteration and maintenance projects.
- Consults with management and planning personnel in preparing requirements and criteria for complex or high value projects for repair, alteration and maintenance of marine propulsion systems and auxiliary equipment.
- Technically reviews and comments on operational drawings and sketches that are prepared by others.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS A. Applicants must show successful completion of a professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. 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 advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR B. A 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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: 1. 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. 2. Written Test: evidence of having successfully 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, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 3. Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement. 4. 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 candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5).
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (GS-5 at the GS-7, GS-7 at the GS-9, GS-9 at the GS-11, GS-11 at the GS-12) Examples of specialized experience include: Examples of specialized experience at the GS-5 level include: preparing drawings, bills of material, specifications and test memoranda for procurement, arrangement, installation, testing, modification, maintenance and repair of shipboard equipment. Examples at the GS-7 level include: analyzing, evaluating and preparing new drawings or modifying existing drawings using conventional manual drafting techniques or Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equipment. Examples at the GS-9 level include: estimating costs for tasks; understanding project management principles and applying them. Examples at the GS-11 level include: developing, analyzing and reviewing designs, specifications and independent cost estimates for a variety of mechanical or electrical equipment; reviewing system designs and specifications prepared by consulting engineers for compliance with requirements and recommends necessary revisions and improvements. Examples at the GS-12 level include: managing large-scale marine mechanical engineering projects involving efforts such as analyzing, evaluating, developing and integrating detailed construction and installation plans required for critical mechanical projects or reviewing the calculations, studies, technical documentation, specifications, and plans of others to determine whether they meet the projects stated requirement.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
Applicants may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience. Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum is qualifying for GS-7. A combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9. 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree also qualifies at the GS-9. At the GS-11, 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree is qualifying.


This position has a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.              

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.  The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are: 
1. Knowledge of mechanical engineering related calculations required to design modifications and repairs to machinery, ship structure and other shipboard equipment.
2. Knowledge of vessel propulsion and power systems, auxiliary systems, their maintenance requirements and standard repair methods.
3. Knowledge of concepts and principles of mechanical engineering to resolve problems, extend and modify techniques, develop new approaches.
4. Knowledge of contracts and preparation of statements of work for engineering and technical services.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1.     Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2.    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3.    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-3500.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility.  Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit a DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service, and an  SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

For more information about veterans preference click here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is:
(Jobs)
U.S. Coast Guard,
Ofc of Civ Pers, CG-1211NE,
2401, Hawkins Point Road, Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4,
Baltimore, MD 21226.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
2401 Hawkins Pt. Rd.
Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4
Attn: Office of Civilian Personnel
Baltimore, MD
21226
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1415-NE-CA-D-R2

Control Number:

353432400