General Engineer


  • Duties
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    • STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES
    • RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES

    The Engineering Service of VA Boston Healthcare System has vacancies for General Engineers at our Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Brockton campuses.

    As a general engineer the incumbent serves as a project lead and subject matter expert, in charge of construction projects ranging from five to eight million dollars. The incumbent may assist lower-graded engineers as required, and may occasionally act as a leader for the department when the program manager designates leadership responsibilities.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Compressed/Flexible: Compressed work schedule may be available.
    Telework: Not available.
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: General Engineer/523-01012-A (GS-11); 523-01021-A (GS-9)
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    NOTIFICATIONS:
    • This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
    • This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay
    • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered
    • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

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    Responsibilities

    The work consists of a variety of assignments involving many different and unrelated engineering or architecture processes and methods. The incumbent determines the best course of action by researching, analyzing, testing, and evaluating information, unusual circumstances, unconventional issues, conditions, and problems; considering different, incomplete, and often conflicting information and alternatives; and determining efficient, effective, and feasible solutions to meet the project or situation requirements and constraints. Typical duties and responsibilities include:

    - Developing specifications, plans, and drawings.
    - Oversight, administration, and coordination of the requirements of contract documents.
    - Oversight and coordination of the work of general contractors, numerous subcontractors, architect engineers, and hospital personnel during all phases of construction.
    - Formulating, executing, and advising on recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques.
    - Adapting precedents or existing strategies to meet unusual needs or special demands.
    - Acting as a principal contributor on team-based projects or coordinating a team project and providing technical oversight and direction.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Selectee may be required to work at any campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    11

  • Job family (Series)
    0801 General Engineering

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • May serve a probationary period.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
    • Pre-employment physical examination is required.

    Qualifications
    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/26/2018. BASIC REQUIREMENT: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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. OR 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 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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 Board's 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 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's 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.)

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a degree in Mechanic or Electrical Engineering. Applicants with degrees in other specialty areas of engineering will not be eligible for consideration.

    GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

    FOR GS-9:

    A. Degree in Engineering with Superior Academic Achievement (GPA of 3.0; honor society membership, or top 3rd class rank) AND 1 year of specialized experience; OR

    B. Master's degree in Engineering (or a related field if Bachelor's degree is Engineering) or 2 years progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

    FOR GS-11:

    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in Federal service; OR

    B. Ph.D (or equivalent) doctoral degree in Engineering (or a related field if Bachelor's degree is Engineering) or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

    Specialized experience is defined as experience performing all or most of the following engineer duties, preferably in a healthcare environment: performing engineering tasks associated with complex and diversified design and construction projects; applying knowledge of the various disciplines of engineering (civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, architectural and electronic); evaluating equipment, buildings and structures; providing technical support by developing solutions to engineering problems; performing technical calculations; applying knowledge of regulatory requirements; compiling information to write a variety of technical reports; and developing, managing, and directing construction projects, preferably within a hospital/medical center environment. (This experience must be reflected in your resume to be credited to your rating.)

    You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

    - General Engineering
    - Mechanical Engineering
    - Problem Solving
    - Technical Competence

    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; religions; 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.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing or recurring and considerable walking, stooping, bending, crouching and climbing such as in performing regular and periodic construction activities, field inspections or to observe and study work operations in an industrial, storage, or comparable work area. Work may also include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items weighing no more than 50 pounds, such as equipment and samples.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

    Education
    GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in Engineering, or master's or equivalent graduate degree in Engineering (or a related field WITH a bachelor's degree in Engineering), may be substituted for experience to qualify at the GS-9 grade level.

    GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in Engineering, may be substituted for experience to qualify at the GS-11 grade level.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/ .

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    Alternate Application:
    If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Confidential

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • Other
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/26/2018 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Agency contact information Job Information

    Phone
    (774)826-1269
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    VA Boston Healthcare System
    940 Belmont Street
    Brockton, MA
    US

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    Next steps

    After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496063800 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted
04/12/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Brockton, Massachusetts, US