Introduction: The position is located in the Network Support Branch (T/EOS/N) of the Operations and Stations Division (T/EOS) of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). The T/EOS Division is located under the Engineering and Transmission Directorate of the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation (TSI).
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi-cultural organization that encompasses all United States civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised of five networks broadcasting in 61 languages that include the Voice of America, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti), and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia. The International Broadcasting Bureau provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations. Our staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience of 215 million people with news, information, and relevant discussions.
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This vacancy is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement ST-10025006-17-AJ. Status applicants are those individuals who are currently serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, individuals who are eligible for reinstatement, or individuals who are applying under the VEOA program. Applicants who wish to be considered under both delegated examining and merit promotion procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements.
THIS POSITION IS COVERED BY A UNION AGREEMENT
Note: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be required to travel internationally, to include travel to remote and underdeveloped areas,
A - Basic Qualification for Professional Engineering positions:
Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum MUST (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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.
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 professional 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 -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
- Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
- Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.)
For GS 13 LEVEL - One year experience equivalent to GS-12, including:
- Incumbent must possess a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or satisfy the other qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement for the position. Registration as a professional Engineer is highly desirable.
- Comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical engineering practices, construction engineering standards, methods and codes.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience in technical aspects of: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; fire protection; pumping and piping systems; mechanical controls, instruments and measurement standards; and fuels and energy sources.
- Working knowledge of related specialties such as civil, structural, and electrical engineering and architecture to permit effective decision making concerning modifications to existing facilities/systems.
- Knowledge and experience in the planning, design and construction of complex telecommunications and broadcasting facilities or similarly complex industrial buildings and facilities.
- Experience in the management of major projects involving design and construction of complex telecommunications and broadcasting facilities or similarly complex industrial buildings and facilities. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is highly desirable.
- Ability to write concise Statements of Work, technical specifications, tasks, projections, assumptions, rationale, analysis, conclusions and recommendations related to telecommunications and broadcasting facilities projects.
- Experience using CAD and other multimedia computer software, such as AutoCad and CorelDraw, for the preparation of plans and drawings for bidding, construction, engineering studies, and presentation purposes.
For GS 14 LEVEL - One year experience equivalent to GS-13, including:
- Expert knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical engineering practices, construction engineering standards, methods and codes.
- Expert knowledge and experience in technical aspects of: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; fire protection; pumping and piping systems; mechanical controls, instruments and measurement standards; and fuels and energy sources.
- Comprehensive knowledge of related specialties such as civil, structural, and electrical engineering and architecture to permit effective decision making concerning modifications to existing facilities/systems.
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the planning, design and construction of complex telecommunications and broadcasting facilities or similarly complex industrial buildings and facilities.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of project management.
- Extensive experience in the management of major projects involving design and construction of complex telecommunications and broadcasting facilities or similarly complex industrial buildings and facilities. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of Federal contracting, procurement, budget/fiscal policies, regulations and procedures.
Position requires a professional engineering degree, as discussed under the basic qualifications above.
Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.
Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
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Q - Sensitive
The incumbent has three primary areas of responsibility: i) serves as a mechanical engineer and expert consultant within the branch in the application of engineering theories, practices, and concepts to the design development, operation, and maintenance of broadcasting facilities, particularly as related to HVAC equipment and other mechanical aspects of the worldwide IBB network; ii) serves as Project Manager and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) responsible for defining, planning, managing, coordinating, implementing, evaluating and reporting all aspects of assigned projects; and iii) serves as Program Manager of the overall Maintenance and Repair (M&R) Program. Tasks include but not limited to:
- Performs mechanical surveys, inspections, design analysis, and modification work as required to refurbish, modify, maintain and repair all existing facilities. Manages multi-disciplined M&R Projects and other initiatives involving the construction of new or modernization of existing broadcast facilities within the global transmission network. Determines project scope, cost estimates, design criteria, special contract requirements and constraints for project development and implementation.
- Reviews, evaluates and analyzes contract proposals, bids and other source selection material. Manages initiatives involving the closure of existing transmission facilities necessitated by the agency's network realignment plans. Prepares station closure plans, cost estimates and schedules for network realignment initiatives. Coordinates the activities of various functional groups within the agency and contractors involved in project development and implementation of approved projects in order to effectively and efficiently function as a team in the accomplishment of project goals and objectives.
- Serves as the COR to manage individual task orders for designs and related services provided by A/E consultants. When required, also serves as COR for the base contracts through which the A/E task orders are issued.
- Manages a large, multi-year M&R Program involving diverse facility and broadcast system projects to ensure that the worldwide IBB broadcast network maximizes its capabilities. The incumbent utilizes extensive engineering experience and management skills to exercise control over the M&R Program to ensure timely, responsive and effective results.
- Justifies fiscal resources necessary to initiate and complete the M&R program. Initiates funding transfers and commitment documents. Monitors planned and actual obligations during project implementations to ensure that authorized fiscal year appropriations are appropriately and fully expended-to the maximum extent possible-each year.