MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
This position has a BASIC EDUCATION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT! You MUST furnish a copy of your transcripts of college work completed regardless of whether you are currently in this series, or have previously been in this series. Non-submission of college transcripts will result in your being rated ineligible due to insufficient information to determine qualifying status.
A. 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.
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B. 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 Boards 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) 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 basic education qualification requirement described above, applicants must also possess the following:
-- For the GS-11 level, you must have 3 years of graduate education, Ph.D or equivalent doctorate -OR- at least one year of Specialized Experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Collecting and processing design data including map development; reviewing and preparing construction specifications and drawings, analyzing estimates, submittals, and proposal recommendations; writing technical analysis and correspondence; preparing drawings for final right-of-way acquisition and design data reports, sound civil engineering design principles and practices, and design modeling programs.
If you do not meet the definition of Specialized Experience, you will be determined not qualified for this position.
This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: To qualify for the GS-11 by substituting education for experience, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Qualification Standards Operating Manual for Professional Engineering Positions, GS-810 Series.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions:
1. Knowledge of professional engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to a broad range of engineering and construction practices and their application in order to design project features and to administer construction contracts for engineering features.
2. Knowledge of and ability to comprehend construction specifications, materials, and terminology when developing and preparing design data and final design in order to ensure that the features can be constructed and the desired results will be obtained.
3. Knowledge of commonly used contract principles, techniques, methods, and procedures of government contracting, including bid opening procedures, contract modifications, supporting documentation, contract clauses and payment of contracts in order to administer assigned contracts.
4. Skill in effective writing techniques, paragraph and sentence structures, spelling, punctuation, etc., in order to ensure concise and effective correspondence, and create contract documents and invoices.
5. Skill in effective communication/collaboration in order to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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