Mechanical Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Woodlawn, Maryland
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
Closes
Sep 14, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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Responsible for planning, developing and conducting complex comprehensive agency-wide facilities planning and engineering. Provides planning and design consultation on sophisticated requirements for computer layouts and facilities needs of electronic data processing equipment, as well as electrical and mechanical equipment for commercial office buildings on a nationwide basis.
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Responsibilities

  • Provides all mechanical guidance and consultation for SSA facilities nationwide.
  • Expertise covers a wide range of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other engineering services.
  • Serves as project engineer on the mechanical aspects of building design, planning, modifications, and upgrades.
  • Keeps up with state-of-the-art of building technologies and mechanical and electrical engineering requirements
  • Reviews requests for proposals to assure compatibility with building capabilities and provides data for the preparation of Requests for Proposals which are issued to potential bidders.
  • Serves as resource expert to component task forces and consulting firms performing studies of approaches and methods used to accomplish specific processes such as modernization retrofitting, troubleshooting and changes.
  • Formulates strategy in planning for new and retrofitted space to meet new program equipment needs for general office space, computer areas and other special areas; taking into account reliability, energy conservation, security and health and safety.
  • Prepares standard and technical reports, administrative memos, letters and other forms of correspondence.
  • Serves as agency-wide expert on mechanical engineering techniques to SSA components and assists in and/or provides solutions to complex facility planning and engineering problems as they relate to program needs.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

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
  • Most work is sedentary, however, some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings at various stages of construction.
  • Work is primarily in an office setting where no unusual hazards exist.
  • Will occasionally visit and investigate onsite operations, repair and improvement or constructions activities and be subject to related construction hazards, including those associated with rotating machinery, high voltage and electrical switchgear.
  • Some travel is required to conduct studies and meet with regional and other field facilities.


Qualifications

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

A full explanation of these qualifications 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 Mechanical Engineer position.

*Specialized Experience should primarily consist of performing technical design and development work; providing program management and engineering advisory services based on engineering theories, principles and practices and conducting complex professional engineering studies affecting program operations.

Duties should include designing, evaluating, constructing, commissioning, decommissioning, operating and maintaining HVAC and refrigeration systems; providing design and construction reviews, cost-estimating and problem-solving pertaining to engineering services; formulating strategies for new and retrofitted space to meet new program equipment needs for general office space, computer areas and other special areas, taking into account reliability, energy conservation, security and health and safety; and performing detailed investigations, research, engineering studies and analysis work pertaining to the mechanical aspects of building design, planning, modifications and upgrades.

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. If your experience is in a federal position, you must state the grade of that position in your resume.

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

Transcripts must clearly show your name, the name of the school, the program in which you were enrolled and your degree. NOTE: If your degree is based on the completion of specific courses as described below, you must highlight those courses on your transcript.

A. Engineering Degree -- to be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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. You must submit a transcript that supports this claim.

OR

B. 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 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) 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 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 and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. 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 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.)

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

This position also requires the following " Other Conditions: "

Most work is sedentary, however, some walking, bending and climbing is required to inspect buildings at various stages of construction.

Work is primarily in an office setting where no unusual hazards exist.

Will occasionally visit and investigate onsite operations, repair and improvement or constructions activities and be subject to related construction hazards, including those associated with rotating machinery, high voltage and electrical switchgear.

Some travel is required to conduct studies and meet with regional and other field facilities.

Education

This position has an educational requirement, as described above. Applicants must meet and fully demonstrate this educational requirement (as well as the Specialized Experience requirement) to qualify for this position.

You must submit a transcript that demonstrates this education and/or other 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 A(2), option B(3) or option B(4)), 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 .

OTHER NOTES:

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.

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

See Conditions of Employment for other information associated with this position.

This position is located in:
Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management (DCBFM)
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Realty Management (ORM)
Division of Architectural and Engineering Services (DAES)

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Preview the questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10596091

Answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The score you receive is based on your responses to the online 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 building mechanical engineering, including planning, design, construction and cost estimating.

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

-- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

-- Knowledge of advanced mechanical engineering concepts and principals.

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 -- Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.

(2) Well Qualified -- 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 -- 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
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

You must complete the online questionnaire and submit a resume prior to the closing of the announcement or you cannot be considered.

Your resume must describe duties you perform(ed) as they relate to the specialized experience required for this position. Your resume must include your work schedule (full or part time/hours worked per week), full start and stop dates for each position you've held and (if your position is or was federal) the pay scale and grade, as well as a clear description of the duties you perform(ed) in that position.

If your resume doesn't provide sufficient information to demonstrate the specialized experience required for this position, you will not receive consideration for this position. Your resume should not simply list knowledge, skills, abilities or projects worked on, but must describe how you use your claimed knowledge, skills and abilities (e.g., the duties you perform) to accomplish Mechanical Engineer work.

If you are claiming eligibility for selection preference, you must also submit supporting documents, as follows:

CTAP (Career Transition Assistance Plan) - this is for competitive service employees who have been (or will be) displaced from the hiring agency (e.g., from SSA). If you voluntarily separated from SSA (e.g., resigned or retired) OR you separated at the conclusion of a term or temporary appointment OR you were terminated for performance or conduct reasons, you do not meet the requirements for CTAP and should not indicate that as an eligibility.

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan): this is for competitive service employees who have been (or will be) displaced from other federal agencies (e.g., NOT from SSA).If you voluntarily separated from federal employment (e.g., resigned or retired) OR you separated at the conclusion of a term or temporary appointment OR you were terminated for performance or conduct reasons, you do not meet the requirements for ICTAP and should not indicate that as an eligibility.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates must provide (as part of your application):
-- a copy of your written notification of CTAP or ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) and
-- your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent

CTAP and ICTAP candidates must meet the requirements for the Well-Qualified or Best Qualified category (as described above) to receive selection priority.

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

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: Follow these instructions pertaining to documents required to substantiate veteran's preference. Applicants who don't submit the required documents will receive preference based only on the documents provided. This may affect your eligibility and/or rating.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SSA'S REQUIREMENTS MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED IN THE PAST.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a DD-214 ( member 4 copy ONLY ) OR if you are currently on active duty, an official statement of service from your command. To be acceptable, documents must show Character of Service. You may not receive consideration as a veteran if you fail to submit a legible copy of the proper DD-214.

Applicantsclaiming 10-point veteran's preference based on a service-connected disability must submit an SF-15 ( Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference) and the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive consideration as a 10-point veteran if you fail to submit all of the required documents

Applicants claiming derived preference must submit an SF-15 and the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive derived preference if you fail to submit all of the required documents.

MILITARY SPOUSES: You must meet certain conditions to be eligible as a Military Spouse. See complete information at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ . You must submit a marriage certificate and proof that your spouse is still an active-duty member of the military.

Preference will be based ONLY on the documents received for this vacancy announcement .
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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