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General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

  • Provides creativity, interpretation, adaptation and application of design and engineering principles and practices which lead to solutions of design and construction energy problems. In addition to traditional engineered systems are: solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies; variable air volume, demand control ventilation; closed loop, open loop and open well geothermal technology; DX and package unit design; electric, steam turbine, absorption and gas driven chillers, and wind turbines.
  • As the engineering authority, interprets policies, regulations, engineering criteria and codes and provides such information to the project team members across all PBS Divisions. Reviews designs for Energy Act and Executive Order compliance (e.g., Executive Order 13693 (Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade) Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) and Executive Order 13423). Provides guidance, training, and consultation in resolving compliance issues; inspects complex and/or major construction and operational plans at critical stages.
  • Examines and performs on-going reviews of preliminary through final designs prepared by private architect-engineering firms to confirm maximized energy efficiency. Design reviews include constructability, cost control/analysis and adherence to sound engineering principals. Participates in value engineering workshops for prospectus level projects. Advises and provides consultation to project and program managers of methods and procedures to be used on complex building issues.
  • Conducts visits and virtual meeting with field offices and/or construction project teams to observe and report on the technical aspects of energy efficiency. Evaluates the quality of workmanship; compliance with authorized standards and codes, approved plans and specifications and other requirements. As a technical expert in energy issues, acts as a troubleshooter and will consult field offices with special problems related to energy efficient operations. Communicates with the engineers, building managers and property managers indicating findings and provides appropriate recommendations for any immediate corrections or actions required delineating findings and recommendations.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizens and National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 or Non­Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-13 salary range starts at $112,015 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.


In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience in identifying solutions, based on industry standards, to address complex energy related problems and achieve energy conservation goals. This experience must include: analyzing the energy impacts of alternative building systems considered during the design, construction, and maintenance phases of the building life-cycle; reviewing project designs for compliance with applicable energy and sustainability requirements and standards; evaluating existing building operations to address high energy and water use; and evaluating and selecting energy conservation technologies for addition to existing buildings.

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


Note: 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. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Bargaining Unit Status: This position is eligible for the bargaining unit

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

· Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government

· Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee

· Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area as needed; through other means; or not at all.

If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement WP-2024-0042. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.

GSA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility that goes beyond our compliance with EEO regulations including:

  • Valuing and embracing diversity, promoting equity, inclusion and accessibility, and expecting cultural competence; and
  • Fostering a work environment where all employees, customers and stakeholders feel respected and valued.

Our commitment is:

  • Reflected in our policies, procedures and work environment;
  • Recognized by our employees, customers and stakeholders; and
  • Drives our efforts to recruit, attract, retain and engage the diverse workforce needed to achieve our mission.

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