Civil Engineer (Structural) - Direct Hire

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Posted
Apr 08, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The employee serves as the Division Bridge Engineer in a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division office with responsibility for managing and promoting the Federal highway programs applicable to bridges and other structures within the State. The employee coordinates and evaluates the structural programs and assists coworkers within the Division office in addressing technically complex or controversial issues on project specific applications related to structures.

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Responsibilities

As a Civil Engineer (Structural), you will:
  • Evaluate and promote improvements in the State's administration of Federal programs for bridges and structures and encourage the use of enhanced planning, design, and construction, preservation, inspection and maintenance practices for structures.
  • Provide oversight of State compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and recommends improvements.
  • Maintain and conduct an oversight program for bridges and structures under design and construction and ensure that there is full coordination with responsible Division staff and State representatives.
  • For projects designated as full oversight, review structural plans for suitability of structural adequacy, economy, safety, aesthetics, hydraulics, foundation, and overall concept.
  • Perform construction reviews/inspections and evaluate and render a decision relative to the State's proposed remedial actions, making recommendations associated therewith.

The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned mid-career structural engineering professional with project management experience in bridge design, bridge construction inspection, and bridge program management.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 and it must include:
  • Developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND inspecting bridges under construction.
  • Developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND inspecting in-service bridges using National Bridge Standards (NBIS).
  • Developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND assessing compliance of bridge condition inspections with National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).


To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12 and it must include:
  • Developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimates for bridges related to transportation projects; AND inspecting bridges under construction; AND inspecting in-service bridge conditions AND compliance of bridge condition inspections with National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of bridges, tunnels, hydraulics, geotech, and other structural engineering topics to serve as the technical review authority for the full range of structural engineering programs and projects including the layout, design, construction, maintenance, preservation, safety inspection, and management of highway bridges, tunnel, and other structures. This includes providing authoritative interpretations of guidelines and practices; providing expertise and recommendations to other engineers on complex, unusual issues and situations; and evaluating, advising on, and promoting the latest developments related to structural design and construction activities.
  • Knowledge of Federal-aid programs applicable to bridges, tunnels, hydraulics, geotech, and other structures related processes to provide effective program stewardship and oversight. This includes criteria related to project eligibility; development processes of NEPA; value engineering; plans development, specification writing and cost estimating; bid documents; contract administration; construction inspection; safety inspection and load rating, and special and discretionary programs.
  • Knowledge of structural safety considerations and bridge and tunnel inspection principles and techniques to manage and administer the FHWA structural inspection program(s) (e.g., National Bridge Inspection Program and National Tunnel Inspection Program) within the State. This includes inspection, load capacity determination, traffic barrier requirements, and safe preservation and construction practices.
  • Knowledge of the different types of structures suitable to a given geographical terrain, relevant design codes, practices, and regulations as well as the interrelationship of geotechnical, hydraulic, material type, environmental, aesthetic and cost considerations to review and approve structure type, size, and location documents.
  • Knowledge of the State and Local policies, codes, and requirements affecting structure location or construction to provide program stewardship and oversight and technical assistance.


  • 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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

    Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Education

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    (1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position.

    A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR

    B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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:
    1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
    2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
    4. 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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

    For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    (2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes.

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    (3) Qualifications:

    To determine which grade(s) you are eligible for, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.

    Additional information

    This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

    Applicants will not be rated or ranked. Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.

    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

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

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    A USAJobs built resume is required to apply

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. Formatted resumes can be uploaded when you arrive at the DOT application system. For assistance with the resume builder, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.

    RESUME - Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder. It must show relevant experience, education and fully support the required specialized experience.

    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience . The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. Provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    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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