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Job Title:MECHANICAL ENGINEER, GS-0830-12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1360-SE-NG-D-R1

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,533.00 to $92,992.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0830-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OH 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 13-1360-SE-NG-M-R1.  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 DHS/U.S. Coast Guard, Civil Engineering Unit Cleveland, Cleveland, OH.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • This position requires travel.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is a senior project and asset managing mechanical engineer within a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering team at Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) Cleveland in Cleveland, OH. CEU Cleveland serves all Coast Guard units in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Regions.
Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team.  Typical work assignments include
- Evaluating design objectives and employing innovative approaches to meet project needs and requirements.
- Planning and executing large and/or complex designs for various advanced engineering projects that entail complicating and interacting factors, concepts, or conditions such as new technology or ideas.
- Planning specific objectives, milestones, and phasing for complex projects, and making needed innovations and modifications.
- Providing technical guidance to contractor counterparts regarding new or complex aspects of assignments; in developing new procedures, or defining the scope of the problem.
- Identifying, testing, and evaluating emerging technologies that could enhance the operational performance or reduce the life cycle support costs of assigned assets within the Product Line. 
- Supporting research and development (R&D) initiatives by assisting in developing R&D budget proposals, providing technical support to the R&D Center and integrating new technologies into the asset. 
- Developing strategies in response to program changes for the purpose of maintaining optimum support for assigned CG Group. 
- Planning and executing a wide variety of logistics responsibilities including contractual support, logistics planning, and handling of logistics problems.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must show that they possess a professional knowledge of engineering principles and practices as evidenced through the following: Completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering that was from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school or that included courses in differential and integral calculus and courses (beyond 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
Registration as a professional engineer by a state, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
OR
Successfully passing the Engineering-in-Training (EIT)examination, or the written test required for professional registration that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from an ABET-accredited program.
OR
A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training,and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph A above. (NOTE: The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.) OR 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) AND at least 1 year of professional engineering experience under the guidance and supervision of a professional engineer.
 
IN ADDITION to meeting the basic education requirements above, applicants must have at least 1 full year of professional mechanical engineering design, evaluation, problem resolution, and advisory experience (equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service). Experience must have involved mechanical systems as noted in the duties section of this announcement for shore-side facilities involving design,evaluation.and advisory work,using applicable mechanical engineering standards and codes.Experience must also have involved design, evaluation and/or advisory work with domestic and international mechanical engineering standards and codes. Only education/experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.


This position does have a positive education requirement.
 
A copy of your unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application.  If selected, official transcripts will be required.

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 professional mechanical engineering concepts, principles and practices applicable to the full range of engineering duties. Requires the planning, design and layout for construction of facilities type mechanical engineering components for use in CG facilities.
2. Knowledge and skills sufficient to design large and complex mechanical systems such as could be acquired through an accredited bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering supplemented with considerable design experience.
3. Knowledge of related technical disciplines (i.e. electrical, civil and ocean engineering and architecture) to ensure areas of overlapping intra-disciplinary responsibilities receive proper design consideration and all project objectives are met.
4. Knowledge of information technology relating to design engineering including computerized drafting, word processing, global information systems, spreadsheet and data bases, plus design programs associated with mechanical engineering technical skills.
5. Knowledge of energy saving programs and how they apply to design and construction of facilities.  Programs include use of energy efficient materials and control systems as well as complying with Presidential directives and pursuing Department of Energy initiatives.

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.
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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 be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

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 703-872-6279.  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. 

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

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 Human Resources, CG-1211SE,
4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130
ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
Office of Civilian Human Resources (CG-1211SE)
4200 Wilson Blvd, Ste 800
MS-7130
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
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:

13-1360-SE-NG-D-R1

Control Number:

354727600