Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-13

Baltimore, Maryland
May 27, 2022
Jun 04, 2022
Full Time

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Surface Forces Logistics Center, Engineering Services Division, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Branch, Main Propulsion and Machinery Section, Baltimore, MD.


The incumbent will coordinate overall engineering progress, systems design reviews, and technical evaluation teams.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

- Accomplishing varied and complex project management duties in participation with project teams consisting of other marine engineers and naval architects and makes decisions affecting areas of responsibility.

- Ensuring proper and sufficient resource allocation by a variety of agency and contractor organizations.

- Serving as a technical specialist a key source of information for assigned areas of responsibility.

- Maintaining liaison with engineers who are experts in related fields in order to keep abreast of the latest trends and innovations in design or testing techniques and procedures.

- Liaising with Coast Guard electronics equipment subject matter experts and technical authority representatives to ensure applicable electronics system work packages meet overall project performance and schedule requirements.

- Performing independent studies and assessments to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and recommends improvements.

- Reviewing plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy for main propulsion, auxiliary, and electrical machinery. Reporting progress and/or problems.

- Directing necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, ensures conformance to plans and specifications, and furnishing other assistance as required where deficiencies are noted.


Conditions of Employment

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position, applicants
must show that they possess a professional knowledge of engineering
principles and practices through the following:
Completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering that was
from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
accredited school or that included courses in differential and
integral calculus and courses (beyond 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.
Registration as a professional engineer by a state, the District of
Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
Successfully passing the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination,
or the written test required for professional registration that is
administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various
states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and
completed all the requirements for either (a) bachelor's degree in
engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or
university that included at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from an ABET-accredited program.
A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education,
training, and/or technical experience that included successful
completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical,
mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed
in paragraph A above. (NOTE: The courses must be fully acceptable
toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering
Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree
in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field
(e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science,
mathematics, hydrology, or geology) AND at least 1 year of
professional engineering experience under the guidance and
supervision of a professional engineer.
IN ADDITION to meeting the basic education requirements (above),
Applicants must have at least 1 full year of professional
engineering experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal
service) planning, designing,or directing the development of unique or leading edge technology, equipment, or systems to meet specific mission requirements; determining mechanical engineering requirements/specifications for propulsion machinery or related systems; solving mechanical engineering problems for marine propulsion equipment and systems; ensuring timely and cost-effective execution of contracts; and inspecting ongoing and contracted work for adequacy, conformance to standards, etc.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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; religious; 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.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here
Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-3504. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation