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General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

Plans, directs, coordinates and/or manages facility design and construction projects or project phases related to major organizational functions, programs, or initiatives. Overcomes and resolves technical, project management, and organizational problems using innovative and original approaches. Plans, guides, coordinates, and manages the work of subordinate, secondary, and matrixed resources engaged in accomplishing the missions and functions of the organization.

Performs periodic review and analysis to assess achievement of major goals. Provides engineering analysis for special projects, future projects, and advanced planning of new systems and capabilities of all applicable agency programs and areas of concern and responsibility. Participates in preliminary and critical design reviews and determines, develops, and defends requirements. Responsible for operations maintenance and sustaining engineering planning and execution.

In coordination with the Chief, Facility Services, the incumbent consults with internal and external stakeholders related to facility construction, major renovation projects, planning, management, fire safety systems, environmental control, and other related matters. Advises stakeholders of agency policies and requirements applicable to construction and major renovation projects. May represent the Chief, Facility Services at meetings and conferences within or outside the Library.

Directs, manages, plans, and conducts a variety of diverse architectural, engineering, analytical, and/or evaluative studies related to the assessment of the Library's facilities construction program which may include multipurpose designs characterized by environmental variables or other unknowns. Provides planning, recommendations and advice for determining resources in terms of facilities furnishings and equipment that are necessary to accomplish program goals; determines strategies for achieving program goals within budgetary constraints. Performs management and/or oversight duties in the development of preliminary and conceptual design processes as well as the detailed design of facilities, systems, structures, or equipment. Prepares or reviews, within delegated authority, budgetary estimates prepared by subordinate engineers and contract engineers for large, complex, or costly projects. Reviews cost estimates to ensure consideration of all economical influences that impact cost. Prepares detailed cost estimates to support contract negotiations and procurement requests. Applies the principles of engineering economics such as present worth, cost/benefit, and life cycle analysis.

Manages and/or participates in interoffice task forces formed to study and resolve general and specific management and operational problems related to the assigned organization's programs, policies, and procedures and redirects projects to meet changing deadlines, priorities and goals. Delegates segments of the project-to-project team members, monitors performance, and reviews progress, and writes or directs the preparation of final drafts of project reports and other documents for submission to management officials. Participates in establishing priorities for use of resources for major programs or projects, and reports on actions, results, and proposed new initiatives to the Chief, Facility Services. Develops trend analyses, process analyses, control policies, and requirements.

Performs contract development and monitoring activities for planning and design support activities and construction projects. Responsible for the procurements related to major projects, serving as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) representing the Contracting Officer (CO) in technical project execution. Evaluates requirements that will necessitate contract development. Determines whether in-house personnel or contractors will accomplish projects; develops technical requirements, decides methods and types of contracts necessary to meet project or task order needs; resolves disputes that arise. Prepares necessary administrative paperwork, including specific requirements, statement(s) of work (SOW), project schedules, cost estimates, market research report(s), and vendor lists. Determines standard and project management controls for inclusion in SOW products that are incorporated into contracts. Contracts often entail the development of highly complex contractual agreements involving extensive cost and price analysis, special pricing arrangement, and careful and extensive evaluations of contractor qualifications and capabilities. Assists the CO with contract negotiation(s). Evaluates technical proposals, through review of written proposal and technical shop drawings; conducts site visits; amends SOWs as required. Provides technical guidance and reviews planning consultant contracts, including determination of reasonableness of cost, to ensure that selection is in accordance with professional services procurement requirements.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to apply knowledge of architectural and engineering design, construction, and office renovation planning, space utilization, ergonomic principles, and related standards.**

Ability to manage projects.**

Ability to apply technology.**

Ability to comprehend and assimilate technical information.

Ability to write technical documents.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others, exercising judgment and discretion in order to provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (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.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that 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)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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 and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  • 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 has had 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

  • You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

    Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    Additional information

    Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid at step one of the grade.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see: Vetting Process

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

    Initial permanent appointments to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. Probationary periods served at other Federal agencies do not count toward this requirement.

    The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

    A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

    Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

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