Naval Architect, GS-0871-07/09/11/12

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Norfolk, Virginia
Posted
Oct 24, 2020
Closes
Nov 02, 2020
Function
IT, IT Architect
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Surface Forces Logistics Center, Medium Endurance Cutter Product Line, Norfolk, VA.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position serves as a naval architecture specialist in performing critical aspects and projects of the Section. These functions are associated with the construction, modernization, overhaul, conversion, maintenance and repair of a wide variety of vessels.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

At the GS-7 level, the incumbent will perform a variety of naval architecture duties for professional development related to hulls, structural systems and machinery on vessels within the jurisdiction of the SFLC. At the GS-9, GS-11, and GS-12 levels, the incumbent will be responsible for:

- Developing complete designs, specifications and cost estimates for the alteration, repair, and maintenance of hull and structure systems and machinery on board Coast Guard vessels.

- Reviewing specifications prepared by other engineers and recommends revisions and improvements to meet Coast Guard requirements.

- Evaluating, critiquing, and approving contractor's technical proposals and drydocking plans and identifying inconsistencies, potential errors or ambiguities.

- Providing technical advice to field personnel and representatives of the Navy and maritime industry concerning the intent and application of maritime safety regulations pertaining to dry docking.

- Performing extensive weight and moment calculations.

- Witnessing and conducting inclining experiments, stability tests and deadweight surveys in the field on all types of Coast Guard vessels.

- Conducting training and developing training aids for personnel in the fields of dry docking and ship stability.

- Determining the best repair, writing specifications and developing cost estimates for assigned cutter classes scheduled maintenance availabilities and emergency repairs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 - 5 days per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements: All applicants must possess knowledge of professional engineering principles, methods and procedures through the following: completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering from an ABET accredited school or that included courses in differential and integral calculus and courses (beyond 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 registration as a professional engineer by a state, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. OR successfully passed the EIT examination, or the written test required for professional registration that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from an ABET accredited program. OR a combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph A above. (NOTE: The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.) OR 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) AND have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience under the guidance and supervision of a professional engineer.

IN ADDITION applicants for position above the GS-5 level must also meet the additional qualification requirements shown below: Candidates at the GS-7 level must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service) defined as nonroutine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. Candidates at the GS-7 level may also meet the additional qualification requirements through the following: 1. Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum. 2. Completion of all the requirements of a Federal baccalaureate level student-trainee program, including 1040 hours of work experience, 320 hours of which was at the GS-5 level. 3. Applicants with an engineering degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for- month basis up to a maximum of 12 months. 4. Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering. Candidates at the GS-9 level must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service) providing engineering support for projects of limited scope associated with the design, construction, modernization or maintenance of vessels or marine equipment covered by established methods and techniques. Candidates at the GS-09 level may also meet the additional qualification requirements through the following: 1. Possession of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to the duties of this position. 2. Possession of a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. Candidates at the GS-11 level must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least GS-09 level in the Federal service) performing independently projects of limited scope associated with the design, construction, modernization, developmental and operational testing, and maintenance of vessels or marine equipment covered by established methods and techniques. For example, feasibility studies, analyses, final drawings, specifications, design plans and criteria, technical reviews, compliance and costs. Candidates at the GS-11 level may also meet the additional qualification requirements through the following: 1. Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that is directly related to the duties of this position. 2. Possession of a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. Candidates at the GS-12 level must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least GS-11 level in Federal service) performing duties associated with the construction, modernization, overhaul, conversion, maintenance and repair of a variety of vessels including determining dimensions/hull type, powering requirements, layout, structural and stability analyses, design plans, specifications, hydrostatics, testing, technical reviews of contractor designs and specifications, and feasibility studies.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

This position does have a positive education requirement. **YOU MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION** If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-3504. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.

The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and management of shipbuilding and repair as applied to hull, mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of naval architecture and marine engineering.
  • Knowledge of various machinery, equipment and materials in use and available in the marine industry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in order to inform and obtain desired projects results.


  • If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required
    No

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

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
    3. If you are qualifying based on education, submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here.
    4. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
    5. If you are claiming veterans' preference, please submit the following documents. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail.
    a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submit legible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. 5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.
    b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
    c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. If claiming 10 point preference, you must provide required documentation described on the back of the SF-15 which proves that you are entitled to such preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.
    d. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.
    6. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is U.S. Coast Guard, Attn: Office of Civilian Human Resources (Jobs), CG-123NE, 2401, Hawkins Point Road, Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4, Baltimore, MD 21226.

    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.