Pathways Recent Graduate - Interdisciplinary Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 21, 2018
Closes
Sep 21, 2018
Function
Engineer
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - 1-5 Days


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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Placement in the program confers no right to conversion to a career conditional appointment. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:

• Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.
• Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
• Have at least 1-year of continuous work experience;
• Receive a satisfactory recommendation by his/her mentor.
• Meet training requirements as specified in the USDA Pathways Programs Training Plan.
• Must sign a USDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
• Participants will serve a trial period for the duration of the excepted service appointment.
• Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
•  Perform their job successfully and satisfactory.
•  Must be 16 years of age
•  All requirements must be met by the closing of this announcement.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

An individual may apply for a position in the USDA Recent Graduates Program only if the individuals application is received not later than 2 years after the date the individual completed all requirements of an academic course of study leading to a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or a veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

The Pathways Recent Graduates Program is a 1-year Excepted Appointment program structured to help prepare and promote individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs for a possible career in the federal government.

Recent graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment if all training and program requirements are met.  Conversion is neither guaranteed nor conferred. 

Applicants must provide documentation (such as a transcript, professional registration, Engineer-In-Training certificate, etc) to show they meet the Basic Requirements, either Option A or Option B for this position. Failure to provide documentation may result in loss of consideration for this position:
 
A. 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.

OR 

B. Combination of education and experience: College-level education and technical experience, that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and a good understanding of the theoretical and practical 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; (2) Written test - Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination and have completed degree requirements as stated on website; (3) Specified academic courses (see list at OPM website above); (4) Related curriculum with appropriate experience (see OPM website above). 

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by the grade level. 

GS-07 grade level: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: Experience providing limited and basic engineering support to senior staff; receiving projects of limited scope and difficulty designed to develop technical engineering competencies; researching and interpreting regulations and procedures pertaining to electrical or mechanical engineering design, construction, operations, and maintenance of electrical distribution/transmission that serve rural areas.  Under the guidance of senior level engineers, reviews cost estimates of electric facilities proposed in Rural Utilities Service borrowers loan applications; perform loan budget analysis; composes correspondence or other documents related to the review of engineering contracts; accompanying engineers and financial specialists in attendance of meetings with borrowers, participates in working committees, and assist in preparing responses related to engineering questions and inquiries. OR 1 year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, (3) honor society membership.

  1. Class Standing— Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses.
  2. Grade-point average— Applicants must have a grade-point average of:3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years if education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
  3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-09 grade level: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 or its non-federal equivalent that demonstrates: Experience providing engineering support to senior technical staff and performs projects of limited scope and difficulty designed to develop technical engineering competencies including ensuring that the need for the proposed facilities are supported by borrowers approved Construction plan; basic design data and plan and profile sheets for transmission lines; design plans/specifications; ensure the cost of proposed facilities in the loan application are generally consistent with current costs of utility construction; perform loan budget analysis appropriate for the loan application; prepare draft recommendations to senior level engineer; composes correspondence or other documents related to the review of engineering service contracts. Experience researching and interpreting regulations and procedures pertaining to engineering design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electrical distribution, transmission and generation facilities that serve rural areas; prepare detailed technical reports with findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Attend meetings with borrowers, participates in working committees, and assist in preparing responses related to engineering questions and inquiries.; OR masters or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related. Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-0800 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .  

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.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

•  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
•  Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
•  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
•  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
•  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
•  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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

Individuals will be evaluated against OPM qualification standard for the position being filled.  NOTE: To be considered for Pathways Internship positions, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:  http://www.opm .gov/qualifications/index.asp

Each applicant will receive a determination of eligible or ineligible.

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.

Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://rus.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=359E76D6-F57F-47D9-A61A-A94C00B97A94

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