Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
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.
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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:
GS-09: GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of civil engineering.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of civil engineering.
Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-09: GS-09: Civil engineering experience performing specific engineering assignments and or/assisting higher grade engineers on small engineering projects or segments of larger projects. Such as, preparing engineering designs, reviewing designs for accuracy, preparing design criteria, developing scopes of work, developing technical data and performing detailed calculations regarding material sizes, dimensions, and qualities and costs for use in construction specifications. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-11: Civil Engineering experience planning and carrying out various portions of complex civil engineering projects under general guidance from a higher level engineer such as preparing and analyzing civil engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications, and related engineering documents involved in the design and construction of civil works projects. These examples are not all inclusive.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
You must meet all qualification requirements and as applicable, any selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
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. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
- Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
- Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
- Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions:
1. Knowledge of civil engineering concepts related to the design and construction of civil engineering structures e.g., dams, canals, pipelines, pumping plants, powerplants, water conveyance systems, etc.
2. Knowledge of construction contracting to prepare costs estimates and contract specifications.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to prepare technical reports, coordinate project work and provide technical advice.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
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