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Job Title:Mechanical Engineer - ORF - DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-ORF-DE-14-962595

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 08, 2013 to Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0830-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

If you have expert knowledge of advanced mechanical engineering systems for Oil and Gas fuel fired boiler plants and electric/system driven chiller plants using performance specifications AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Office of Research Facilities (ORF)!  For more information, visit http://orf.od.nih.gov .   

This position is located in the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Technical Resources (DTR).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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Working as a Mechanical Engineer in ORF, you will:

 

•Have responsibility for the development and implementation of new approaches to mechanical engineering systems for oil and Gas fuel fired boiler plants and electric/steam driven chiller plants using performance specifications.

•Plan and coordinate activities concerned with design, construction, modification, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in boiler and chiller plants.

•Serve as a consultant to project officers and contractors; perform ad-hoc reviews of contract documents, design and construction contract submissions, including shop drawings, as-builts, control submissions, testing, commissioning, and equipment maintenance and operations.

•Maintain state-of-the art knowledge in mechanical engineering, current codes and standards in order to apply current technology to develop, update and review policies.

•Prepare or review feasibility studies, special reports and investigations on problems related to building mechanical systems, their user needs and testing requirements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements for Engineers:  

A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study.   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

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 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:

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. 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.

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, 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.

3. 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.

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 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.)

IN ADDITION to meeting the education requirement (above), you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government.   Examples of qualifying experience include: developing and implementing of new approaches to mechanical engineering systems for Oil and Gas fuel fired boiler plants and electric/steam driven chiller plants using performance specifications; planning and coordinating activities concerned with design, construction, modification, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in boiler and chiller plants; and establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, operating procedure, inspection, and predictive maintenance of equipment according to engineering principles and safety regulations. View Assessment Questions


This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education.  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Tuesday, November 19, 2013, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses. 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. 

The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ).  E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. 

The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

 

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)

 

 

  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

 

For additional information, click on the links below:

 

Additional Information on How to Apply

 

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

 

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Sheryl Wheeler
Phone: (301)435-2032
Email: WHEELERS@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-ORF-DE-14-962595

Control Number:

355072500