Pathway Recent Graduate-Civil Engineer (Highway), GS-0810-7/9 (Open to U.S. Citizens) HK

Sterling, Virginia
Jun 12, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
Engineer, Civil
Full Time

About the Agency

This is a Recent Graduate position under the FHWA Pathways Program.

This position is located in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Federal Lands Division Office and supports the Division as a designer with responsibility for the development of plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) packages relative to the design of highways and bridges. You will be assigned to perform engineering and PS&E preparation activities on projects to support senior/lead designers or may assigned lead on simple projects. The projects occur primarily on Federal Lands managed by other Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service and include a multi-state area. The Designer works or assists on projects that involve addressing context-sensitive concerns, including safety, economics, environmental issues, and impacts to local landowners.

The ideal candidate for this position is an engineer with experience developing, monitoring, and adhering to the design, budget, and schedule for roadway construction projects and providing technical assistance from initial scoping through construction support.

The ideal candidates have completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees within the last two years (veterans have up to six years) of the closing date of the announcement.

NOTE: Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel is required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet Pathways Recent Graduate requirement.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days.
  • This position IS eligible for telework.
  • To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the 810 series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the education and/or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


    All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

    • Successful completion of a engineering degree at an accredited university or college. OR
    • 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:
    1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
    2. 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.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.
    4. 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.
    Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at


    To qualify for the GS-07 on Experience, you must have at least one full year of specialized equal or equivalent experience. It must include:
    • Experience reviewing engineering regulations or policies.
    • Experience applying civil engineering principles and practical concepts related to highway road and systems structures, transportation systems, traffic engineering, and modeling.
    • Experience conducting analyses to support conclusions or recommendations.
    You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

    To qualify for the 09 on Experience, you must have at least one full year of specialized equal or equivalent experience. It must include:
    • Experience reviewing engineering design standards and regulations.
    • Experience conducting analytical investigations using the scientific method, modeling and computational analysis.
    • Experience articulating information through various venues such as discussions, meetings, fact sheets, reports, design documentation, briefings, and presentations.
    You can also qualify based on a combination of education and 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.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    • Selected participants are on an excepted service appointment under the Recent Graduates Program and required to serve a one year trial period, and will be evaluated for conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service at the end of one year.
    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • SUITABILITY: Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Similar jobs