• Help

    Duties

    Summary

    The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of Foreign Service Construction Engineer vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

    To learn more about the Department of State and a career as a Foreign Service Specialist, please visit us at https://careers.state.gov.

    Learn more about this agency

    Responsibilities

    The following are typical duties, performed at various grade levels, in the course of a career as a Construction Engineer (CE).

    In Overseas Assignments:

    • Performs duties of an Owner’s Representative for the USG including quality assurance tasks, including approving quality programs, hiring and managing quality assurance staff, ensuring contractor’s work is properly inspected, selecting laboratories for testing, ensuring corrective actions take place, ensuring trades are certified, ensuring materials meet contract specifications, accepting contractor submittals, and resolving conflicts.

    • Performs financial control tasks, including approving progress payment requests, preparing estimates, evaluating changes in costs, evaluating contractors’ claims, establishing procedures for petty cash, controlling costs, and monitoring schedule.

    • Performs safety tasks, including approving project safety programs, monitoring safety, ensuring safety training and equipment, and ensuring health requirements.

    • Performs security tasks, including approving project security programs, managing security staff, monitoring security, ensuring document security, and coordinating final inspections.

    • Performs preconstruction tasks, including performing design reviews and constructability reviews.

    • Performs administrative tasks, including managing the site office, approving budgets, preparing inventories, hiring and managing local employees, preparing reports and files, liaising with local officials and utilities, performing contracting officer duties, ensuring proper inventory control, and performing other site obligations (e.g., tours).

    • Performs commissioning tasks, including coordinating close outs, commissioning of systems, managing the commissioning agent, providing warranty support, ensuring commissioning training, and participating in relocation.

    In Domestic Assignments:

    • Performs program management and project support tasks, including prequalifying bidders, evaluating bids, participating in the design of new facilities, providing guidance to contractors, coordinating construction projects, coordinating procurement, traveling to project sites, making recommendations to contracting officers, organizing meetings, preparing progress information, providing supervision, and participating in planning.

    • Performs administrative support tasks, including developing special contract provisions, participating in policy/procedure development, and participating in training.

    • Follow established safety regulations related to construction and renovation practices and regulations.

    • A CE periodically must perform work that requires regular and recurring periods of prolonged standing, bending, and stretching. Additionally, CEs may supervise contractors and tradesmen that work with building equipment, heavy machinery and construction vehicles. All of these tasks are at times performed at construction sites with ambient noise and other environmental factors that are typical for such sites.

    Physical Requirements

    Some of the essential functions of the job have a physically demanding component. In the execution of the duties and tasks listed above, Construction Engineers must:

    • Have the ability to work in confined areas such as crawl spaces, attics, utility pits, tunnels, manholes, and other confined spaces;

    • Have the ability to work from heights such as rooftops, ledges, scaffolding, including climbing extension ladders and scaffolding;

    • Have the ability to move and handle heavy objects (up to 50 pounds of weight) such as equipment, tools, and other building materials;

    • Have the ability to see objects that are near, far, in color, or at night, possibly including depth perception; and

    • Have the ability to hear speech or other sounds, possibly including sufficient sensitivity to hear sounds of low volume or in noisy environments.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Specialist generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    MC

  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517812100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.