General Engineer

Richmond, Virginia
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The incumbent has dual role responsibilities and functions as an Engineer and Resident Engineer on delegated construction projects.
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Under the general direction of the Project Section Supervisor, Engineering Service, the incumbent serves as a General Engineer responsible for the engineering analysis, development, design of and the preparation of complete plans and specifications for new work and improvements. Incumbent is a key member of the Engineering Service having authority to accomplish projects with a great deal of latitude, drawing from his/her professional training and experience. Assignments include all engineering design phases of complex construction, extension, alteration, maintenance and repair projects for th1 Medical Center. The incumbent is independently responsible and held accountable for determining the action necessary in the development and completion of design projects, coordination of a project staff that may include architects, engineers, engineering technicians, draftsmen, and clerk/typist and the review of the final contract documents. Procedure normally followed:

Survey the existing job conditions and confer with requesting medical center personnel to determine exact scope of project and other specific design requirements.

Research possible sources of energy conservation and incorporates them into the basic design criteria.

Prepare preliminary recommendations, sketches and cost estimates as required.

Review preliminary design with Project Section Supervisor Chief, Engineering Service, Medical Center management, and interested Medical Center Personnel.

Directs an A/E firm or complete in-house the detailed plans and specifications for projects assigned or deemed critical to the mission of the facility.

Provide final cost estimates. Submit completed design, including drawings, specifications estimate to the Project Section and supervisor.

Review equipment and material shop drawings submitted by contractors or vendors prior to installation.

Coordinate and maintain liaison with organizations having related assignments, other agencies, contractors, utility companies, state and local government authorities, and the general public.

Responsible for maintaining complete, accurate and up-to-date plans and specifications of all systems and equipment installed during a project. Supports and works closely with Maintenance and Repair Section to assist in the accomplishment of their task by providing pertinent plans, specifications and engineering consultation.

The General Engineer in the Project Section has full responsibility for assigned projects in all cost ranges. May be assigned design responsibility for projects in NRM and Minor categories depending on complexity and availability of m n- hours and other workload factors. Design requires layout, preparation of sketches and rough details for final plan preparation, and specification assembly, modification and writing. In general, most of the larger projects are designed by medical center retained A/E's. The General Engineer provides required reviews of A/E drawings and specifications at key design submission stages.

Performs field surveys and investigations to collect data to determine existing conditions and the extent of construction and repair required to provide se vices or facilities to meet anticipated needs.

Prepares cost estimates detailing individual cost of several categories of work; minor improvement, BSEA, BSER, and personal property, all totaled to give construction costs.

Investigates a variety of problems that the contractor experiences in construction, such as design errors or omissions - hidden conditions due to excavation of existing utilities or structures. Evaluates other specifications or other modifications in original design that contractor feels necessary due to quality engineering ideas.

Prepares bid and contract documents for competitive bidding or negotiate processes.

Determines construction operations and methods involved and time require complete each phase of a construction program.

Determines material types and quantities, contractor overhead, profit, tax other costs.

Provides justification and cost estimates if changes are expected to modify the contract amount.

Participates in final on-site inspection.

Though incumbent's principal duties are of a project nature, he/she will be expected to function in the multi-disciplined areas of the Medical Center Facilities Management Service.

Incumbent coordinates contract work with using services and associated services.

Coordinates and conducts project planning meetings.

Performs other directly duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. Must have the flexibility to outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description/PD#: General Engineer/PD02508A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/11/2021.

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-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level. 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. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified the following minimum educational requirements for this position: (PLEASE NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts or other supporting documents to verify your claim).

Degree: Professional Engineering . To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree 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.


A 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

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.

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.

Additional Experience: In addition to the basic requirement above, you must have specialized experience.
    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized professional engineering experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Professional Engineering experience is defined as non-routine 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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

Documents Accepted:
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Documents Required:
  • Resume

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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