General Engineer (Energy)

Richmond, Virginia
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The incumbent serves as General Engineer (Energy Manager), Engineering Service at the Richmond VA Medical Center. Incumbent functions as Energy Manager for one or more Medical Centers, inclusive of Medical Center (VA) owned and leased space including Outpatient Clinics, CBOCs or administrative space operated by the Medical Center.

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Duties include, but are not limited to:

-Incumbent works closely with the VISN Capital Asset Manager and VISN Energy Engineer providing technical support for VISN initiatives. Provides technical and program support for the Energy Conservation programs at the local level.

-Implements energy conservation initiatives and prepares project submission documents for cost effective energy conservation retrofit projects.-Prepares and monitors utility budgets, advising management of potential budget shortfalls and other factors that may influence the energy budget.

-Works with A/E firms and facility engineering staff for all renovation and construction projects to ensure compliance with applicable local, national and VA regulations as they relate to energy performance.

-Works with the operations and maintenance sections to analyze and improve utility system energy performance, initiate and provide support for the development of operational procedure and controls, including but not limited to monitoring utility system components, evaluating data, looking for trends (under/over utilization), monitor control and alarm set points within computerized energy management systems, work with energy plant personnel to monitor/improve efficiencies, monitor natural gas prices for utilization, determine local set back parameters, evaluate existing energy savings systems, review and monitor contracts/contractors performance for utility systems/equipment, manage building/energy management systems and utility metering initiatives, establish set points and monitor performance of variable frequency speed drives, inspect and monitor steam condensate return piping system and appurtenances.

-Maintains energy consumption and utility billing related records. Analyzes to determine energy consumption trends and prepares monthly energy reports. Prepares quarterly energy consumption data and enters it into various databases. Chairs monthly meetings. Develop facility support for program initiatives, develops consumption trends, program initiatives and implements strategies for reducing energy consumption. Develops energy conservation policies.

-Works closely with logistics and other services in the selection of the most energy efficient equipment to meet program requirements. Coordinates energy conservation improvements with environmental, safety and occupational health professionals to ensure any associated benefits are captured and risks are assessed and controlled.

-Conducts HVAC, lighting, building, steam generation system, domestic hot water and other energy audits using industry standard energy analysis tools.

-Must have experience in Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) or have attended ESPC training conducted by the Department of Energy.

-Manages and supports the Medical Center's Energy Savings Performance Contract.

Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Telework: Not Authorized
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer (Energy)/ 022940
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives/Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)


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 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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

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. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

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, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 (or equivalent) level in order to qualify for the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the General Engineer (Energy) position, and that is typically in or related to the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes, knowledge in various energy systems, including building envelopes, HVAC, controls, steam distribution, and lighting and their retrofit potential for energy conservation and/or energy recovery in a Medical Center environment. Ability to effectively communicate with contractors, professional engineers, public officials, and professional medical and administrative staff. Authority in the design, construction, maintenance, and inspection of the installation of all utility systems. Utility systems include electrical power distribution, electronic, plumbing, water distribution, steam generation and distribution, vacuum, medical gas, fire alarm, fire sprinklers, pneumatic and other electrical and mechanical systems. Knowledgeable in the evaluation of utility rate structures, computation of energy consumption and energy savings associated with multiple utility systems (COTR) for construction/service contracts. Knowledge in the evaluation of alternative fuels and fuel consumption for vehicles. Ability to use energy and project management software, such as construction estimating, scheduling, life cycle cost analysis and work processing. This specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Preferred Experience: Significant Energy Project Management and LEED certification is preferred

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Capacity Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Technical Competence

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Work is generally performed in an office environment. However, inspections and other field work require frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing ladders, etc.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in administrative and patient care areas as well as outside in inclement weather or in areas that are wet, very hot (boiler plants), cold (walk-in-freezers) or unventilated, such as crawlspaces and mechanical rooms or energy plants. May also be exposed to contagious disease(s) when working in patient care areas or asbestos containing materials/lead when performing inspection work. Safety procedures must be followed and appropriate protective safety gear must be worn, when appropriate, for the specific work area or task.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: .

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

-CV or Resume. (Required)
-Unofficial copy of college transcripts. (Required)
-Any other documentation verifying that you meet the education/experience requirement for this position. (Required, if based on a combination of education/experience.)
-If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (Required, if claiming veterans preference). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at ).
-If currently/previously employed in the VA system or any other Federal agency (except current Richmond VAMC employees), include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required, if current/prior federal employee)

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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