Washington D.C.
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Engineer, Civil
Full Time

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position: The US Army Corps of Engineers is the world's premier engineering organization. This position is located at the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant, 5900 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC. This position is under the supervision of the Washington Aqueduct. The Aqueduct, while part of the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a large scale, vital public utility, wholly financed through the sale of potable water. The job provides the opportunity to work at one of the largest water utilities in the nation, serving the public and producing a product which impacts the lives of all metropolitan area citizens and businesses on a daily basis. To be successful in this position, you will need to commit yourself to the Aqueduct's mission of providing safe, reliable and cost effective water.

Amenities available:

  • Ample free parking is provided on site
  • Limited public bus service
  • Compressed and flexible work schedules

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is authorized; DoD National Relocation Program (DNRP) is not authorized

  • Must Be a US Citizen.
  • Transcripts are required at the time of application.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid State driver's license.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    The Civil Engineer (Hydraulic) occupation has specific educational requirements. To qualify, applicants must meet one of the following basic educational requirements and provide supporting documentation for verification.  

    Basic Education Requirements:

    Professional Engineering Degree. 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. (NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.)

    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. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program.


    Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours or 90-quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included 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 above.


    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, architecture, computer science, mathematics, or electronics, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided I have at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

    *NOTE: You MUST provide a copy of your transcript(s), regardless if you are currently a federal employee in this series, and proof of degree with your application. Failure to provide transcript(s) with your application will result in your application being rated not qualified.
    **NOTE: If you selected meeting the educational requirement for this position with a PE, EIT or other qualifying certifications, you MUST submit copies of your current valid registration for verification under the "transcript" heading when uploading your supporting documents.

    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).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, Qualified Candidates for this position must ALSO identify in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-11) in the federal service that demonstrates the following: 1.) Preparing hydraulic engineering design analyses, plans and specifications for water or other industrial facilities; 2.) Troubleshooting system processes and equipment through field investigations; and 3.) Performing project management duties such as providing technical oversight and direction on projects.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

    • Knowledge of Civil (Hydraulics) Engineering Principles
    • Knowledge of Construction Principles and Procedures
    • Ability to Communicate Verbally
    • Ability to Communicate in Writing

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


    NOTE: Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information with your application package.




    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and


    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Position has physical requirements to include bending, stooping, climbing, working outside the office being exposed to varying weather conditions and entering confined spaces which require the use of hard hats and appropriate safety gear.
    • DoD National Relocation Program (DNRP) is not authorized.
    • Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



    You will serve as a Senior Hydraulic Engineering Specialist (Civil Engineer). You will conduct pertinent design studies and analysis to develop engineering criteria for construction, renovation, rehabilitation, expansion or optimization of water treatment, pumping and conveyance systems. You will investigate qualitative/quantitative aspects of engineering principles pertaining to the treatment, distribution and flow of water.

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