Electrical Engineer

Woodlawn, Maryland
Jun 17, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Full Time



Plans, develops and conducts complex agency-wide facilities projects and provides agency-wide engineering support.

Provides planning and design consultation on sophisticated requirements for facilities needs.

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  • Plans and develops complex engineering plans using automated equipment including plans for power distribution; lighting; security; and electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Provides electrical guidance and consultation for SSA facilities at headquarters and nationwide, including the largest most modern and sophisticated computer center.
  • Performs in-depth studies of approaches and methods used to accomplish specific processes, such as modernization, retrofitting, troubleshooting and other changes to ensure maximum reliability of facility systems.
  • Serves as an agency-wide consultant on electrical engineering techniques and assists in reviewing and resolving complex facility and engineering challenges.
  • Prepares cost benefit analyses for budgetary purposes and for discussion and approval with GSA and architectural/engineering consultants.
  • Approves plans and specifications in the electrical engineering discipline.
  • Prepares standard and technical reports, administrative memos, letters, and other forms of correspondence.
  • Position located in the agency?s Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM), Office of Realty Management (ORM), Division of Architectural and Engineering Services (DAES).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting and no unusual hazards exist; however, duties will occasionally require visits to onsite operations to inspect construction or repair activities.
  • Some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings at various stages of construction.
  • Employee will be subject to related construction hazards; in particular, those associated with high voltage and electrical switchgear.
  • Travel is sometimes required to conduct studies and meet with regional and other field facilities.


This position requires specialized experience IN ADDITION TO specific education as described below - you must meet both requirements to eligible for this position.

A full explanation of these requirements can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

You must have at least 52 weeks of *Specialized Experience as described below. This experience must have been gained in a federal position at or above GS-12 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal payscale or outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to those performed in a federal position at or above GS-12. This specialized experience must have provided you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of this GS-13 Electrical Engineering position.

*Specialized Experience should primarily consist of professional engineering or scientific work concerned with designing, developing or providing large-scale electrical-power and facilities-planning services, including electrical-engineering planning, design, techniques, construction and cost-estimating.

Duties should include providing consultation and/or guidance on requirements for complex electrical engineering issues for large-scale facilities, including power distribution, lighting, security and electrical and mechanical equipment; preparing and/or collaborating on the development of design drawings, project specifications and cost estimates; coordinating with and/or directing personnel or contractors to complete complex engineering and construction projects and analyzing engineering work to provide recommendations for solutions to complex problems.

NOTE: Duties of this nature should be typical of your everyday work. Your performance of duties relevant to the specialized experience must be clearly and specifically described in your resume. Experience from participation in a special project or workgroup is not creditable unless that experience equals 52 weeks at the required grade level.

ADDITIONALLY, you must demonstrate one of the following Educational Requirements and must support that claim with appropriate documentation.

A transcript for an engineering degree must clearly show your name, the name of the school, the program in which you were enrolled and your degree. NOTE: If your degree was not earned at a school of engineering and you are using the successful completion of specific courses to meet this educational requirement, you must highlight those courses on your transcript.

A. A bachelor's or higher degree in Engineering earned in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET. You must submit a transcript that supports this claim.

B. A bachelor's or higher degree in Engineering which includes 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. You must submit a transcript that supports this claim (e.g., highlight the courses that meet this criteria).

C. A combination of relevant education and experience as follows: college-level education, training and/or technical experience (in addition to 52 weeks of specialized experience) that 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 this claim must be demonstrated and documented by one of the following; e.g., you must provide proof of your claim.

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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.

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 by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph B. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

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 you have 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.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


As stated above, this position has an educational requirement that must be met by all applicants (in addition to the required specialized experience).

You must submit a transcript that demonstrates this education and/or documents that support a combination of education and experience.

Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts will be accepted for application purposes, but original transcripts may be required if you are selected for this position. Transcripts (copies included) must show your name, the name of the educational institution and the degree you earned. If you are claiming specific credits (option B), highlight the relevant courses on your transcript.

Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.


This position is eligible for telework consideration.

The selectee may be approved for telework after the initial probationary period has been served if all conditions for telework are met.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

See Conditions of Employment for Conditions associated with this position.

This is a high risk public trust position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The score you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. Your resume should describe duties you perform that demonstrate how you meet the following Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities as they pertain to the Specialized Experience described above.

-- Skill in electrical engineering, planning and design

-- Knowledge of power distribution systems

-- Ability to perform project management oversight for electrical engineering projects and functions

-- Knowledge of engineering regulations, policies, codes, standards, laws and guidelines of GSA and national and local building codes

-- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10513137

Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit supporting documents (e.g., resume, transcript, etc) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

Your resume must describe duties you perform(ed) as they relate to the specialized experience required for this position.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. ICTAP candidates must also provide:

-- proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); and
-- proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.

For more information visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate ( DD 214 member 4 copy ONLY ) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service.

Additionally, if you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must submit an SF-15 ( Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) AND the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15,.

Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documents specified on the reverse of the SF 15.

Preference will be granted based on the documents received .
For more information visit the Vet Guide .

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Eligibility for preference based on disability remains unchanged.

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