Electrical Engineer

Woodlawn, Maryland
Dec 07, 2022
Dec 10, 2022
Full Time

  • Provides planning and design consultation on sophisticated requirements for power distribution, lighting, security, electrical and mechanical equipment for commercial office buildings on a nationwide basis.
  • Serves as the authoritative source for all electrical guidance and consultation for SSA facilities at headquarters and nationwide, including the largest most modern and sophisticated computer center.
  • Serves as an electrical engineering resource to committees, component task forces and consulting firms performing studies and/or design undertakings such as facility modernizations and facility retrofit initiatives.
  • Serves as agency-wide consultant on electrical engineering techniques to members of the SSA executive staff and assists in review and solution of complex facility planning and engineering problems related to the use of program needs.
  • Prepares cost benefit analysis for budgetary purposes and for discussion and approval with GSA and architectural/engineering consultants. Approves plans and specifications in the electrical discipline.
  • Prepares standard and technical reports, administrative memos and letters and other forms of correspondence.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required. Selective Service Registration: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov
  • Fingerprinting and background and/or security investigation may be required. Job offers are contingent on fingerprinting and background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing. Federal employees must have a successful performance rating. Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date. All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources. Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • Some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings at various stages of construction.
  • Occasionally will visit and investigate onsite operations, repair and improvement or construction activities and be subject to related construction hazards, in particular, those associated with high voltage and electrical switch gear.
  • Some travel may be required to conduct studies and meet with regional and other field facilities.
  • This is an emergency/mission critical position. Incumbent may be called to work after-hours, on weekends and holidays.
  • Position is on a full-time, flex-time schedule; Alternate Work Schedules (AWS) may be authorized; eligible for telework consideration after all conditions for telework have been met.
  • Position is not authorized to be filled virtually or through outstationing; selectee will be required to report to SSA Headquarters, Woodlawn, MD; relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • You may be required to serve a 1-year probational period.
  • See Additional Information section for other conditions specific to this position.


To qualify for this GS-13 Electrical Engineer position you must demonstrate:
A. an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) for the federal GS-0850 series
B. at least 52 weeks of Specialized Experience.

You must have one of the following:

(1) Degree in Engineering from a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET.

(2) Degree in Engineering that includes 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 (those courses must be highlighted on your transcript)

(3) A combination of college-level education, training or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering AND a theoretical and practical understanding of engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

This claim must be thoroughly described in your resume and must be supported by one of the following:

(3)(a) Professional registration or licensure -- current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.

(3)(b) Written Test -- evidence of successfully passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

(3)(c) Specific academic courses -- successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences that included the courses specified in (2)(a)-(g) above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program and must be highlighted on your transcript(s).

(3)(d) 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 you have 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.

B. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE must have been gainedin a federal position at or above GS-12 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal pay scale OR outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to GS-12.

Professional engineering experience is defined as non-routine engineering work that requires and is characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE should primarily consist of developing electrical designs and preparing construction drawings and specifications for electrical systems and equipment. Work should involve overhead and underground electrical distribution; interior and exterior lighting and power; electrical generator installations for critical facilities and structures and intrusion detection systems.

If your experience matches the requirements of the Specialized Experience statement above, your resume must state, in your own words, the actual tasks you perform that demonstrate that experience.

If your experience is in a federal position, state the grade and pay scale of that position in your resume, along with the full start- and stop-dates (month/day/year) of each position you are using towards meeting the Specialized Experience requirement.

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

Federal applicants seeking promotion must have at least 52 weeks at GS-12.
Time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Information on Engineering positions can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf


This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) as described above.

To satisfy the IOR, submit a copy of your full transcript(s) and other supporting documents, if applicable. Transcripts must include your name, the name of the educational institution, the degree conferred, course title(s), number of credits, grades and date of completion. If you attended more than one college or university, submit transcripts for all schools attended.

Since course titles do not always indicate that a course pertains to a creditable curriculum:

-- Applicants claiming IOR Option A(2) (differential and integral calculus and courses in five of the seven areas of engineering science or physics)should highlight qualifying courses to ensure they are given consideration.

-- Applicants claiming IOR Option A(3) (A combination of college-level education, training or technical experience) should also highlight relevant engineering courses to ensure that consideration is given to the college education portion of this requirement.

Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. CHECK YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO CONFIRM IT SHOWS THE REQUIRED INFORMATION. You must upload your transcripts as part of your application. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail.

If selected, you will be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of your appointment.

Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information


(1) ICTAP/CTAP (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf before you choose this)

(2) Current Competitive Service -- permanent OR conditional tenure

(3) Former Competitive Service -- voluntarily separated (resigned or retired)
(a) with permanent tenure (separation at any time)
(b) with conditional tenure (separation within previous 3 years)
(c) with conditional tenure AND veterans preference (separation at any time)

(4) Current Excepted Service:
(a) agency with competitive service compatibility (Foreign Service, US Postal Service, etc)
(b) agency with Interchange Agreement
(c) Schedule A -- block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg 213.3102(u)
(d) time-limited veteran appointment -- block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg. 316.402(b)(4)
(e) not described above but can demonstrate prior Competitive Service OR veteran's status

(5) Former Excepted Service - only those who can demonstrate prior Competitive Service OR veteran's status

(6) VEOA -- see https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/veoa/ -- may be used by applicants with non-qualifying Excepted Service (e.g., all former Excepted Service OR current Excepted Service not included in (4) above).

If you have non-qualifying Excepted Service and are an eligible veteran, you may use VEOA as your eligibility, but still must provide documents demonstrating your Excepted Service status (e.g., current SF-50 and performance appraisal or separation SF-50)

VEOA cannot be used to circumvent merit promotion requirements and will not result in priority selection.

VEOA applicants with federal status will be considered on federal status first and VEOA only if federal status cannot be used. Eligibilities must be fully documented to receive consideration.

If you are a federal contractor, do not identify yourself as a federal employee.

This is a moderate risk position. If selected, you may be required to complete SF-85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, to have the appropriate investigation conducted.

This is a bargaining unit position, represented by AFGE, to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan . Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date of the initial selection.


Salary will be set in accordance with local pay provisions; federal employees currently receiving a higher locality pay will lose entitlement to that pay.

Position is not authorized to be filled virtually or through outstationing; relocation expenses will not be paid.

Position is on a full-time, flex-time schedule. Alternate Work Schedules (AWS) may be authorized. Telework may be approved after all conditions for telework have been met.

This is an emergency/mission critical position. Incumbent may be called to work after-hours, on weekends and holidays.

Location of position:
Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management (ODCBFM)
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Buildings Management (OBM)
Division of Delegated Programs (DDP)