Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa
Summary The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Chief, Engineering Service in supervising the construction program and assisting the engineering maintenance and operations program at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. This announcement will have 2 cut off dates in which applicants will be reviewed and referred over to the hiring manager. The first cut off is July 23, 2021 and the second is August 9, 2021. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the coordination of the Engineering Construction Program. Conducts continual program reviews and makes recommendations to the Chief, Engineering Service, for improvements and modifications. Provide engineering expertise. Will serve as main resource of engineering theories and applications for other staff. Inspection of projects during construction, preparing necessary reports, checking blueprints and specifications, and for taking corrective action as indicated. Provides professional engineering services (including design calculations) related to the layout, design, development, and completion of construction projects ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 and nonrecurring maintenance projects. Prepares cost estimates, drawings and specifications, and justification and description for proposed medical center projects and annual major, minor, minor miscellaneous, and NRM project submissions to VACO. Serves as project manager and resident engineer for medical center construction and NRM projects. Acts as liaison with architects/engineers, supervising the design process which includes coordinating work between hospital personnel and design firms. Provides engineering program support by preparing reports, studies, correspondence, calculations, policies and procedures with no previous data or direction. 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. Full Performance level is GS11. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: General Engineer/PD30330A and PD30329A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: The basic qualifications for this position are in the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf Education: (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) Degree in Professional engineering (or higher). To be acceptable, the program must: (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, (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 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:(DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED) Professional Registration Written Test Specified Academic Courses Related Curriculum In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement (as indicated above), you must also possess the following specialized experience and or education: GS 09: Specialized Experience: In additional to the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience may typically include: utilizing knowledge of construction standards and OSHA guidelines to design floor plans, elevations, walls, and perform site surveys; use of computer systems and computer operations to write and communicate requirements to customers on projects requirements, prepare computerized drawings and reports; and interpreting and using information from various sources. OR Education: 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the General Engineer position. Transcripts Required. OR, Combination of Education/Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level. When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Transcripts Required GS-11: Specialized Experience: In additional to the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience may typically include: knowledge/experience in preparing and administering construction project designs and layouts, specifications, and estimates; preparing original designs and preliminary/final layouts; directing surveys and investigations to establish baseline data necessary to initiate design, evaluate design objectives, perform technical calculations, and identify the most economical and efficient procedures; performing scheduling and layout of operations, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, safety and equipment used in construction; and providing professional advice to peers, non-professional administrators, or managers. OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the GS-11 General Engineer position. Transcripts Required. OR, Combination of Education/Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Transcripts Required 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. Education 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.