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About the Position:

You will function as a Mechanical Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Engineering Division, located in Louisville, KY.

This position can be filled at the GS-0830-11 or GS-0830-12 grade level.

The full performance grade for this position is GS-0830-12. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next performance level is reached. Non-Competitive promotion to the next level may be effected provided sufficient experience and all necessary qualification requirements are met and the full scope of the duties are performed.

To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, you are required to have a State registration as a professional engineer (P.E. License).  Documentation/proof of license certification must be provided with application packet.  Otherwise, candidate will not be considered for GS-12 grade level.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


Serves as a senior Mechanical Engineer, responsible for developing mechanical designs and performing technical reviews of mechanical designs developed by Architectural-Engineering firms (A-E).  Mechanical designs primarily include heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; pumping, plumbing, fire suppression, and utility systems.   Performs and reviews mechanical, energy conservation, and life-cycle cost studies and analyses.  Inspects, tests, trouble-shoots, and commissions mechanical systems during construction.  Other duties include:

  • Develops mechanical designs, studies, and analyses for assigned projects, including unique, complex and/or novel.

  • Reviews completed work and A-E design products on assigned projects for accuracy and compliance with requirements.

  • Plans and develops mechanical design or task schedule and budget.

  • Works with others to develop a well-integrated and coordinated design package for assigned projects.

  • Provides construction support through submittal reviews, inspection, testing, commissioning, and trouble-shooting. 

  • Visits project sites to assess existing conditions, gather data for application in design/studies, and meet with customers to define/confirm scope of work. 

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • 25% TDY may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives may be authorized. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government's interest.

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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