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     OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo. 

    We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our General Engineer position.    VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

    Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities .

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    As Project Engineer, the incumbent provides professional engineering advice and assistance for all types of projects. This assistance involves all aspects of the project procedure including the needs to perceive,

    propose, prepare plans and specifications, coordinate with necessary stakeholders and supervise the construction for compliance with the contract documents.

    The incumbent is an integral part of the facilities SCIP Capital Planning process for the purposes of proposing and developing projects that are necessary to maintain the facilities infrastructure and address SCIP condition gaps. Projects shall take in to account what is best for the facility, monetary amount of projects, amount of funds available, importance of the project to the service the project is for, addressing VA CO priorities (i.e. Legionella, Electrical Safety, and Environmental concerns), and whether the project eliminates a Facility Condition Assessment deficiency.

    The Project Engineer provides technical advice as the highest local level of expertise in the area of his/her professional training but duties encompass engineering aspects other than within incumbent's major field of study. Assignments include preparing cost estimates and justifications for project proposals, determining materials and methods of accomplishment, system(s) design, writing specifications, producing project drawings for in-house projects, reviewing drawings and specifications for A/E designs, checking construction for compliance with contract documents, proposing viable solutions for problems encountered during any/all project phases, and acting as the COR for all assigned projects. For A/E designs he/she is responsible for completing the scope of work and working with the applicable customer to ensure the project design meets need and is supportable from a budget stand point. Users can be Service Chiefs, Program Managers, and in some cases subject matter experts. These projects range from relatively unsophisticated, low cost, locally funded Station Level Projects, complex VISN funded Non-Recurring Maintenance (NRM) Construction Projects  through highly complex Office of Facilities Management projects delegated to the local facility, such as Minor Construction Projects, costing several million dollars.

    The incumbent utilizes national codes, agency policy and guidelines, federal, state and local regulations as applicable, manufacturer’s information, and supplementary information as needed in the development of plans and specifications.

    The incumbent works closely with the South Dakota Energy Engineer to assure that energy conserving measures are incorporated into planned projects. The incumbent also works closely with medical and administrative services staff and provides engineering consultive services to address building and systems questions to assist in solving issues and assist in future planning discussions.

    Incumbent performs various administrative assignments. These include, but are not limited to completing procurement packages for assigned projects, assembling plans, updating the Capital Asset Data Base for monthly PTR’s, updating the Capital Asset Inventory to reflect current departments space usage, and providing advice on complex operational problems encountered during recurring maintenance and repair procedures.  He/she maintains project files for all assigned projects and completes CPARS contractor evaluations for contractor performance on all applicable construction contracts.

    Duties include using engineering knowledge in solving engineering problems relating to industrial hygiene, and safety & fire protection.

    The project Updates and maintains master drawing files and as-builts to include building floor plans and utility plans, and site and site utility distribution plans. This includes AutoCadd files and hard copy drawing files.

    The Project Engineer performs engineering studies and analysis in areas where required to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of operation in all program areas as deemed necessary.

    Incumbent performs land surveys as required to determine distances, elevations, angles, slope, land boundaries, and other features as deemed necessary for engineering assignments.

          Duty Location: Hot Springs, South Dakota

          Work Schedule:  Full time 40 hours a week Monday-Friday8:00am - 4:30pm

          Position Description Title/PD#:   20144-0


        Travel Required

        Not required

        Supervisory status


        Promotion Potential


        Who May Apply

        This job is open to…

        Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

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        0801 General Engineering

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