Engineering Technician (Mechanical)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 23, 2020
Closes
Oct 31, 2020
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

THIS IS NOT A FULL-TIME TELEWORK POSITION.

Location of position: U.S, General Services Administration, Pubic Buildings Service, White House Service Center Complex, 725 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20503.

This office is responsible for overseeing the delivery and/or execution of operational management and maintenance services.

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Responsibilities

(Condition of employment): This position requires the candidate to be reached during non-assigned working hours, with a reasonable expectation, in order to facilitate the running of the White House Service Center Complex that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Incumbent is subject to being called at any time for emergency situations involving buildings managed.

Potential for varied shift (AM/PM) schedules.

This position is a Critical Sensitive National Security Position. To work in this position, you must undergo a background investigation. Selection to this position is contingent upon you being determined to be eligible for a National Security Clearance Top Secret required for access to the White House Center Complex by the Executive Office of the President. Reinvestigations are conducted periodically after appointment. Retention in this position is contingent upon you maintaining eligibility for a National Security Clearance Top Secret for access to the White House Service Center Complex with the Executive Office of the President.

An Engineering Technician (Mechanical) is responsible for performing nonprofessional high priority technical work in functions such as development, design, evaluation, construction, inspection, application, standardization, testing, or operation of engineering facilities, structures, systems, processes, equipment, devices, or materials.

As an Engineering Technician (Mechanical), performs the following duties:
  • Supports projects budget activities both above and below prospectus funding levels. Ensures construction estimates, balanced cost control, and completion of estimates are met. Estimates are reviewed for accuracy. Participates in (a) construction operations and methods involved and the time required to complete each phase or feature, (b) various types and capabilities of construction equipment required and cost of operation and maintenance, (c) material types and quantities, and (d) overhead and other costs.
    Participates in repair, alteration and systems replacement project concepts, designs, costs, benefits, and priorities.
  • Assists with tracking short and long-term repair and alteration programs for the facilities. Performs long range engineering planning studies and recommends benefit to cost actions for the facilities.
  • Serves as either a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) on contracts for construction projects, building services, design and construction projects. Makes sketches and working drawings of improvement projects. Prepares statements of work for the contract specialist's use when engineering specifications are required.
    Updates and revises mechanical, electrical, controls and piping schematics and drawings as systems. Assists in resolving contract disputes and provides technical determinations to support the government's position for disputes. Participates in evaluation of energy conservation techniques and equipment and in the analyses of energy load .
  • Performs quality assurance inspection of maintenance work, including preventative maintenance work. Develops and carries out random sampling of items to be inspected. Records findings of inspection of each item (or sample of items) of maintenance work inspected using Agency Form, or other software database programs. Records inspection findings in computerized maintenance management database systems. Re-inspects to verify completion and acceptability of remedial maintenance work performed. Participates in efficiency determinations involving heat balance computations and measurements at equipment and in the performance of overall system efficiency field tests, using state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • Maintains good customer relations and communications with customers both external and internal to the Agency. Responds to inquiries and resolves complaints. Creates a relationship with customers that builds trust, exhibits a positive, caring and professional attitude.
  • Manages and makes small purchases via government credit card to facilitate Operations and Management (O&M) activities above and beyond the O&M contract thresholds.   


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for meetings and training purposes.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959


If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 5 investigation level). You must be granted this clearance before you can start the job.
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Submit to periodic and random drug testing where a urinalysis will be used to screen for illegal drug use. A negative test result is required before you start.
  • Participate in the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which includes attending meetings and planning activities; and carrying out mission-critical work at a designated location other than your primary work site (which may be outside of your commuting area).


Qualifications

For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-09 salary range starts at $59,534 per year.

The GS-10 salary range starts as $65,561 per year.

The GS-11 salary range starts as $72,030 per year.

The GS-12 salary range starts as $86,335 per year.

To qualify for the GS-09, all candidates must have one of the following: possess one and half years of graduate education in the electrical/electronic field OR possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the Federal service as defined below. Specialized experience is experience applying a practical knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents and may have been gained by assisting with technical work in functions such as development, design, evaluating, construction, inspection, testing or operation of engineering facilities, structures, systems processes, equipment devices, or materials. Such experience includes assisting with maintaining/updating reports, contracting records and/or documents.

To qualify for the GS-10, all candidates must have one of the following: possess two full years of graduate education or a master's degree in the electrical/electronic field OR possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service as defined below. Specialized experience is experience in the operation of high pressure steam, refrigeration and boiler systems to include monitoring, operational servicing and troubleshooting of plant mechanical and electrical systems.

To qualify for the GS-11, all candidates must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-10 grade level in the Federal service as defined below. Specialized experience Specialized experience is work that has provided a practical knowledge of mechanical engineering principles regarding boiler plant and refrigeration plant systems and associated distribution systems; and a working understanding of trade practices, accepted safety policies, and use of protective equipment.

To qualify for the GS-12, all candidates must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service as defined below. Specialized experience is work that has provided expert knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and concepts regarding boiler plant and refrigeration plant systems and associated distribution systems; and a working understanding of trade practices, safety policies, procedures and guidelines to work conditions, work practices and protective equipment used in the facilities.

Education

Note: 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. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: This position IS covered by a bargaining unit.

If you are selected at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without having to re-apply or compete against other applicants.

Relocation-related expenses is not covered.

Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentive may be approved:

• Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

1. Knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and practices. Ability to understand life cycle costs, equipment reliability and operational contingency analyses.

2. Ability to develop and evaluate maintenance procedures, repairs and changes in systems and operation to assure safe, reliable, cost effective, efficient, environmentally acceptable operations.

3. Skill with computer software databases, spreadsheets and word processors.

4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

GSA OIG Employees: Submit latest SF 50 (other than award SF 50)

If you are CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

Superior Academic Achievement: Submit transcripts as described above. If you qualify based on your class rank or honor society membership, submit documentation of it.

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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