Civil Engineer (Structural) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Ashburn, Virginia
Posted
Jun 30, 2022
Closes
Jul 04, 2022
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As a Civil Engineer (Structural), you will:
  • Serve as a Structural Engineer in field inspection of bridges, tunnels, and culverts as a member of the inspection team. This includes safety inspections and inventories of such structures to identify and note deficiencies, problems, or the general physical condition of such structures. This work sometimes includes climbing steep slopes and tall ladders, lifting heavy equipment, crawling under or into confined spaces, wading in moving water, and working at heights in excess of 100 feet; while exposed to extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind, heat, and cold.
  • Assist in the preparation of inspection reports, including documenting field findings, updating of the database, preparation of required drawings, calculation of load capacities, quantities, and cost estimates for review by the program manager or higher level staff.
  • Assist with detailed field condition surveys of concrete bridge decks. This includes a study of the physical condition of the decks to identify and report on the extent of any structural deficiencies and/or other problems. Performance of these surveys requires the operation of specialized investigative equipment utilized to gather data.
  • Assist with assessment of stream hydraulic characteristics, including scour, erosion, alignment, etc. as they affect the foundations of the structure.

The ideal candidate statement for this position: will participate in Bridge Inspection Program (BIP) activities for FLH. In this position he / she will be knowledgeable about all aspects of bridge inspection including NBIS criteria, structural analysis and load rating, inspection procedures and equipment, bridge repair, and rehabilitation. He / She will also be responsible for coordinating activities with partner agencies, scheduling work activities, and performing personnel oversight and evaluation.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is approved for occasional telework. The number of telework days approved is determined by the agency policy, emergency situations, the approval of your immediate supervisor, and if applicable, approval of additional officials. You are required to report to the office on a regular basis since this is not a full-time telework position, or approved as a remote work position.


Qualifications

To meet the basic qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your documentation for verification, and (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for each grade that you are applying to. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:

(1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position.

A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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:
  • Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
  • Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 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.
  • Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
  • 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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

  • For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    (2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes.
    • Foreign education must have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. For instructions and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
    • Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within three months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    (3) Qualifications: To determine which grade(s) you are eligible for, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.

    For the GS-07:

    On Experience, you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level, which included:
    • Experience assisting with professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices.

    Or on Education, you must have at least 1 year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in an engineering program.

    You can also have a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

    For the GS-09:

    On Experience, you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level, which included:
    • Experience assisting with the inspecting and analyzing of structures (i.e., bridges, culverts, tunnels, retaining walls, or buildings).

    Or on Education, you must have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    You can also have a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Civil Engineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities such as buildings, transportation systems, water and sanitary systems, and other public works systems.
  • Structural Engineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods related to the design and analysis of complex structures using a variety of materials. Structures may include aerospace systems or structures, and other determinate or indeterminate systems.
  • Communications - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

  • For all types of consideration, 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.

    Education

    See the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education Requirements

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Bargaining unit position.

    COVID VACCINATION: If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.