General Engineer, GS-801-12/13

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Norfolk, Virginia
Posted
Jan 12, 2021
Closes
Jan 20, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4), Office of Civil Engineering (CG-43), Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC), Engineering Services Division, Facility Operations Branch - Norfolk, VA.

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Responsibilities

You will serve on the Energy Management Team focused on energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, renewable energy generation, and water conservation programs. You will develop proposals impacting legislative authority, budget proposals, policies and procedures impacting energy consumption. You will identify, develop, evaluate, and recommend projects to implement energy and water conservation measures in CG shore facilities. You coordinate with program managers, budget personnel, and other engineering/architectural professionals to scope and gain approval for new programs and projects. In addition, you will also provide consulting services to field units nation-wide on how energy and water conservation can be identified and incorporated into both new construction and rehabilitation projects

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:
    • Uses innovative professional engineering concepts and problem solving techniques to develop Energy and Water Conservation Measures, analyze data, conduct surveys, audits, and special studies to reduce the energy and carbon footprint across Coast Guard shore facilities
    • Evaluates and makes recommendations on all matters concerning energy management to ensure compliance with federal/state statutes, Executive Orders, Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard policy, and prevailing codes and standards
    • Drafts and interprets legislative change proposals and Coast Guard policies related to energy management
    • Administers complex Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Savings Performance Contracts (UESCs) with cumulative construction costs of $300M requiring auditing, quality assurance, sound financial analysis, and strong negotiation skills in order to maximize energy and financial savings for the USCG.
    • Developing plans, proposals, procedures, standards, and policies for CG-wide implementation including, but not limited to, facilities management procedures to support ongoing energy efficiency through commissioning, retro-commissioning, and continuous commissioning, strategies and standards to reduce impervious hardscape, limit disruption of natural hydrology, and control storm water runoff quantity and quality.
    • Identifies requirements, develops feasibility studies, evaluates analysis of alternatives, and provides technical oversight for facility utility infrastructure projects including energy planning, building sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, renewable energy, chiller plant operations, boiler plant operations, steam generation, domestic hot water, building envelope, facility water usage and irrigation, lighting and HVAC controls, electricity/natural gas/fuel oil/water consumption, tracking and reporting of all energy/water metrics, fleet electrification, and new technology pilot programs.
    • Coordinating complex environmental permitting for energy projects including, the identification of floodplains, critical habitats, land use designations, zoning, archeological and historical site designations that impact permit processing.
    • Serves as a subject matter expert on shore facility energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity vehicle infrastructure, and water conservation compliance, policy and planning.
    • Chairs meetings/briefings and coordinates with all levels of management within the Coast Guard and key personnel in other Government agencies


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • State Driver's License is Required.


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

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-0801: 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: statics, dynamics; strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields and circuits; nature and properties of materials and any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR
Combination of education and experience-college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 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:
  • Professional registration -Current registration as a professional engineer by any State. 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the ABET may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing duties such as:
  • Analyzing preventative and corrective maintenance data trends and make sound engineering decisions.
  • Managing the life-cycle of shore facilities ranging from property acquisition, design, construction, and eventually demolition; performing facility condition assessment surveys to determine program planning and budgetary requirements; and participating in conceptual design review conferences to discuss execution plans.
  • Planning specific objectives, milestones, and phases for complex engineering projects.

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing duties such as:
  • Applying extensive, in-depth knowledge of engineering principles, practices and concepts; technical and administrative responsibilities that include engineering management, program planning.
  • Performing personnel supervisory and management duties in engineering.
  • Planning specific objectives, milestones, and phases for complex engineering projects.

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.

Education

This position does have a positive education requirement. 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.

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 202-795-6284. 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, you will be referred for consideration. The following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to perform this job:

  • Knowledge of structural and civil engineering principles, as well as building systems (HVAC, electrical, gas piping, potable water and sewage systems, boilers, etc.), in order to evaluate technical proposals to modify buildings and systems to reduce energy and water consumption and improve sustainability.
  • Knowledge of related disciplines (i.e. economics, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental, engineering, construction, and interior space planning, etc.) to ensure interdisciplinary considerations and total project objectives are met.
  • Ability to interpret and match program requirements with shore facility needs; conduct site planning; prepare/analyze preliminary engineering cost estimates and economic benefits to the government.
  • Knowledge of energy, water, and sustainability disciplines and doctrine to identify facility needs and opportunities and engineering solutions to meet these laws and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

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    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
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), 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.
    3. 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 COMMANDANT (***BRANCH***), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912 (***UPDATE PER BRANCH***).

    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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