Civil Engineer (Structural) GS-0810-14 (Open to All U.S Citizens) AW

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 20, 2017
Closes
Oct 28, 2017
Function
Engineer, Civil
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

This position is a bridge engineer located in the field, within the continental United States. You will be in the Office of Technical Oversight, Bridges and Structures Division, and reports to the Chief Engineer – Structures. You will be responsible for being a FRA subject matter expert on railroad bridge design and analysis, and responsible for developing technical aspects of the long-range FRA program to ensure that the Nation’s railroad bridges maintain their capacity to safely carry railroad traffic without hazarding the safety of the public or the environment. You will act as the staff specialist in analyzing and overseeing the general state of repair of railroad bridges, other large structures-which support railroad tracks, and tunnels; and evaluating railroad programs for the maintenance and management of those structures. You will provide FRA Headquarters and Regional managers with accurate and complete information related to the adequacy, safety, and serviceability of railroad structures.

The Ideal Candidate Statement: The ideal candidate is a licensed professional engineer with experience in conducting evaluations and investigations pertaining to bridges and related structures, and has worked with programs to ensure the safety of railroad bridges and related structures. They should possess a high degree of energy, passion for the job, and is willing to travel, and achieve organizational goals.

PLEASE NOTE: There is one position that will be filled in any of the locations listed. Salary will be adjusted in accordance with the locality pay for the specific area.

This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must telework within the geographic area of the duty location stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location is subject to approval by the Chief Engineer - Bridge and Structures Section. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.

A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

50% or less - Position requires travel.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • 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 also advertised Status & VEOA: FRA.S-2017-0042
  • May be used to fill similar positions at DOT within 60 days of closing.
  • CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for this position. If selected, you will be required to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement within 30 days of entering the position.
    • DRUG TEST: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    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 https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/



    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education AND experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
    • Experience applying concepts, principles and practices of bridge and structural engineering for the full range of railroad structural, hydraulic, safety, inspection, and engineering programs.
    • Experience using Federal, state, association and institutional laws, regulations, policies, procedures and specifications relating to the design, rating, and maintenance of railroad bridges and track-carrying structures for the purpose of leading inspections and evaluating to determine their suitability.
    • Experience addressing matters related to railroad bridges to the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, and state and local government officials.


    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.

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top-rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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