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Job Title:  Mechanical Engineer or Electrical Engineer
Department:  General Services Administration
Agency:  Public Buildings Service
Job Announcement Number:  1409014EEDE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,867.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
2 vacancies - San Francisco, CA   View Map
All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


Take your career to the next level at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). GSA is a diverse federal agency that delivers the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. We manage approximately 350 million square feet of buildings and work spaces, and a third of the federal government's fleet of vehicles, with a focus on efficiency and sustainability.  A vast amount of goods and services flow through our schedules program, credit cards, travel services, and more. With employment opportunities as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.

GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government'.

As an Electrical/Mechanical Engineer , you will be providing professional engineering, technical and programmatic support services, assisting the Energy Program Manager and team to meet the goals and objectives established within the PBS Energy Program for the Region.  

This position is located in the Public Buildings Service, Facilities Management and Services Program Division, Sustainability Branch.  
GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

  • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development

This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 1409013EEMP under Merit Promotion regulations.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion Procedures.  Note:  You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)


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  • Provides professional engineering, technical and programmatic support services. Assists the Energy Program Manager and team to meet the goals and objectives of the PBS Energy Program for the region. Operates as a key program Energy Engineer integrating Mechanical or Electrical engineering principles, concepts and practices into building management and operational practice to improve energy and water use efficiencies in federal buildings and facilities.
  • Provides expert technical, professional assistance and guidance on operations and maintenance of mechanical equipment - heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and other building systems.
  • Performs technical analyses to optimize building operations and reduce energy and water consumption, utility costs, as well as operational costs. Identifies and implements efforts to reduce overall energy and water consumption. Conducts onsite building surveys as required.
  • Builds strong collaborative relationships with GSA regional and field office staffs and the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contractors. Identifies the need for program related training, develops instructional materials and presentations and provides such training to program stakeholders.
  • Develops procedures, techniques and tools to conduct in-house Energy Independence Security Act (EISA) compliant ASHRAE Level I and Level II building evaluations for the region's buildings and facilities. Assesses and validates buildings' energy performance when pursuing EPA's Energy Star certification.
  • Supports the Energy Program as a project manager for contracted technical studies and services. Develops statements of work, independent Government estimates, evaluation criteria and reviews contractor proposals, including serving on Source Selection Evaluation Boards.
  • Reviews and analyzes design and construction documents to determine the technical adequacy of proposed projects. Provides technical design recommendations or alternatives to meet the energy and water goals and objectives. Provides technical direction and guidance for new and existing building commissioning efforts.
  • Applies a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess and improve Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) program effectiveness.


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This position is interdisciplinary and may be filled in one of the following occupational series:  

  • 0830 (Mechanical Engineer)
  • 0850 (Electrical Engineer)

The GS-13 salary range starts at $96,867 per year, if you meet the following qualifications.  You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
All applicants for engineering positions must meet the Basic Requirements. Carefully read the following statements A through G which states the various ways to meet the basic eligibility requirements for all engineering positions:
A) Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must 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.
B) Degree: Professional Engineering including differential & integral calculus & courses (more advanced than 1st yr. physics & chemistry) in 5 of the following areas: statics, dynamics; strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields & circuits; nature & properties of material (relating to particle & aggregate structure to properties) & any other comparable area of engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
C) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
D) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by successfully passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination.
E) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences & techniques, and their applications to one of the branches of engineering, evidenced by successfully passing the written test administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, D.C., Guam or Puerto Rico.
F) College level education, training and/or technical experience -- evidenced by successful completion of at least 60 semester hrs. of courses in the physical, mathematical, & engineering sciences & in engineering that included the courses specified in Option B above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.
G) College level education, training & or technical experience evidenced by successful completion of a curriculum leading 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 acquired under professional engineering supervision & guidance.
In addition to the Basic Requirements stated above, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as applying industry standards and current and advanced technology in the mechanical or electrical engineering professions to identify and implement technical options for improved energy efficient building systems for enterprise-wide deployment to meet complex energy related needs. This experience must include analysis of energy-use impact of alternative building systems considered during design, construction, alteration, or the maintenance phases of the building life-cycle; developing scopes and budgets based on ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 standards; developing building automation specifications; assessing performance of building systems to obtain optimal performance levels and assess code compliance; and project management to address high energy and water costs.

See the Basic Requirement listed in the Qualifications section.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
  • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility.  GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system.  Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates.  If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories:  Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified.  Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference.

You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Mastery of professional advanced concepts, principles and practices of Mechanical or Electrical engineering.
  • In-depth knowledge of building mechanical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Knowledge of energy modeling to ensure building operational efficiencies.
  • Effective relationship building skill.
  • Knowledge of oral communication and presentation techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Energy Independence Security Act.
  • Knowledge of project managmenet principles and techniques.
  • Analytical Ability.

 A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s).  Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority.  ICTAP/CTAP

To preview questions please click here.


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GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.


Bargaining Unit status:  AFGE
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.  Management also has the right not to fill the position.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
This position may require frequent overnight travel of up to 5 times per month.


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You must submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. A description of the online process is provided below.  For more information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job.
  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.  Once you have completed this step, select "Apply for this Position Now!"
  2. Complete your personal information within GSAjobs.  Once you’ve been redirected to GSA’s automated system, follow the prompts to create, review, or update your personal information.  This information is used to determine your eligibility to apply for this position so be sure that it is up to date.
  3. Respond to all of the vacancy specific questions.
  4. Submit any required documents.  A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system.   Review the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which apply to you.  You may choose one of the following options to submit your document(s):  Upload; USAJOBS, or FAX.  We strongly recommend you read the "Fax Instructions" provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
  5. Respond to any Additional Assessment Questions.  If you are presented with additional assessment questions, be sure to respond to them or you may not be considered.
  6. Click the "FINISH' button.  Finally, you'll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your application by selecting the 'Save PDF' button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE 'FINISH' BUTTON to complete and submit your application.

Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered. 


Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.
ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating.
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, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form. 
Active Duty Military Personnel - In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.  This document must include rank, dates of active duty service, and type of discharge.
College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If slected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.
If you are a licensed professional mechanical or electrical engineer, please submit a copy of said license.


Emily Edgar
Phone: 415-522-2716
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
GSA, Public Buildings Service
General Services Administration
Human Resources Div (CPK)
450 Golden Gate Avenue 5W
San Francisco, CA
Fax: 000-000-0000


If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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