Mechanical Engineer

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Woodlawn, Maryland
Posted
May 02, 2021
Closes
May 10, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

******* READ THE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION BEFORE YOU APPLY *******

REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Plans, develops and conducts complex comprehensive agency-wide facilities planning and engineering. Provides coordination of stakeholders, planning and design consultation on sophisticated requirements for facilities with state-of-the-art technology and electrical and mechanical equipment for buildings occupied by SSA personnel.

See additional responsibilities below.
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

  • Serves as authoritative source for all mechanical guidance and consultation for SSA facilities nationwide.
  • Provides expertise for a wide range of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other engineering services.
  • Serves as project engineer on the mechanical aspects of building design, planning, modifications and upgrades.
  • Keeps up with state-of-the-art of building technologies and mechanical and electrical engineering requirements.
  • Reviews requests for proposals to assure compatibility with building capabilities and provides data for the preparation of Request for Proposals (RFP), which are issued to potential bidders.
  • Serves as resource expert to component task forces and consulting firms performing studies of approaches and methods used to accomplish specific processes such as modernization retrofitting, troubleshooting and changes.
  • Formulates strategy in planning for new and retrofitted space to meet new program equipment needs for general office space, computer areas and other special areas; taking into account reliability, energy conservation, security and health and safety.
  • Prepares standard and technical reports, administrative memos, letters and other forms of correspondence.
  • Serves as agency wide expert on mechanical engineering techniques to SSA components and assists in and/or provides solutions to complex facility planning and engineering problems as they relate to program needs.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Will be required to make onsite investigations of repair, improvement or construction activities.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • May be required to walk, bend and/or climb when inspecting buildings at various stages of construction.
  • May be subject to constructions hazards, including those associated with rotating machinery, high voltage and electrical switch gear during onsite investigations of repair, improvement or construction activities.
  • Successful performance of Fire Protection Engineer work and adherence to conditions of the position will be assessed during the 1-year probationary period served by all new appointees.


Qualifications

READ THIS SECTION IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO SUBMITTING A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION.

Resumes that are lacking information specific to the Specialized Experience required for this position will not receive further consideration.

See Required Documents for more information on demonstrating your eligibility and qualifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for this position include specific (1) education as well as (2) specialized experience. You must meet and demonstrate both requirements.

(1) Education : Degree in Engineering -- must be from a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET OR 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 ( those courses must be highlighted on your transcript )

Applicant's without a degree in Engineering can meet the educational requirement with a combination of education and experience comprised of college-level education, training AND technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering AND (2) a theoretical and practical understanding of engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

This claim can only based on one of the following and appropriate supporting documents must be be submitted:

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

(b) Written Test -- evidence of successfully passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.

(c) Specified academic courses -- successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences that included the courses specified in (1)(a)-(g) above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program and must be highlighted on your transcript(s).

(d) 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 you have 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.

(2) Specialized Experience : You must have at least 52 weeks of Specialized Experience as described below. This experience must have been gained in a federal position at or above GS-12 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal payscale or outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to those performed in a federal position at or above GS-12. This specialized experience must have provided you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of this GS-13 Mechanical Engineer position.

Specialized Experience is work that primarily consists of planning, developing and conducting complex large-scale facilities planning and engineering projects and applying engineering theories, principles and practices to solve difficult and/or unique problems affecting large-scale facilities operations.

EXPERIENCE OF THIS NATURE MUST BE EXPLICITLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME - IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO NAME PROJECTS ON WHICH YOU'VE WORKED - YOU MUST PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE DUTIES YOU PERFORM AS THEY RELATE TO THE QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE. RESUMES THAT ARE VAGUE OR DON'T ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

ANY EXPERIENCE NOT SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME CANNOT BE ASSUMED - IF YOU PERFORM SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS YOU WANT CONSIDERED DURING THE EVALUATION PROCESS, THAT INFORMATION MUST BE STATED IN YOUR RESUME.

If your experience is in a federal position, you must state the grade and pay scale of that position in your resume, along with the full (month/day/year) start- and stop-dates of each position you are using towards meeting the Specialized Experience requirement.

If you are a federal contractor, do not identify yourself as a federal employee.

Performance of duties that do not meet the requirements of the Specialized Experience statement (above) will result in a rating of ineligible.

Experience must be clearly described in your resume or you cannot be considered for this position.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

If you have federal status and are applying for promotion, you must have at least 52 weeks at GS-12 (OR 52 weeks in a position equivalent to GS-12 as determined by this office) -- you must clearly demonstrate this time-in-grade requirement to ensure you receive proper credit for it.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

As stated above, this position has an educational requirement that must be met by all applicants.

You must submit a transcript that demonstrates this education and/or documents that support a combination of education and experience.

Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts will be accepted for application purposes, but original transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position. Transcripts (copies included) must show your name, the name of the educational institution and the degree you earned. If you are claiming specific credits, highlight the relevant courses on your transcript.

Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

More information on the educational requirements for this job series can be found at: all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf (opm.gov) .


Additional information

VACANCY OPEN TO federal employees as follows:

(1) Current competitive service -- permanent OR conditional tenure

(2) Current excepted service and certain non-tenured appointments, including:
(a) agency with competitive service compatibility (Foreign Service, US Postal Service, etc)
(b) agency with Interchange Agreement
(c) Schedule A (block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg 213.3102(u) AND you have not been converted to competitive service)
(d) time-limited veteran appointment (block 5 of APPOINTMENT action shows Reg. 316.402(b)(4) AND you have not been converted to competitive service)
(e) not described above (Attorneys, Pathways [PMFs, Recent Grads, Interns] or term appointments) who have prior competitive service OR veteran's status)

(3) Former competitive service -- voluntarily separated (resigned or retired)
(a) with permanent tenure (separation at any time)
(b) with conditional tenure (separation within previous 3 years)
(c) with conditional tenure AND veterans preference (separation at any time)

(4) ICTAP/CTAP -- separated from competitive service due to RIF or received notice that you will soon be separated due to RIF - (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf )

(5) AND certain applicants WITHOUT FEDERAL STATUS, including:
(a) Military Spouses -- no federal status ( https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ )
(b) VEOA -- Veterans with no federal status eligible under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/veoa/

VEOA is a means of eligibility and will not result in priority selection. VEOA cannot be used to circumvent provisions of the merit promotion process.

Veterans who have federal competitive status should apply using federal status as your ELIGIBILITY (not VEOA) and must submit the documents required for federal employees.

Veterans WITHOUT federal competitive status should apply using VEOA as your ELIGIBILITY (not Promotion).

See REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to ensure you the documents needed to support your claim.

OTHER NOTES:

See CONDITIONS for important information pertaining to this position.

Position is eligible for telework consideration.
Telework may be approved after all conditions for telework have been met.

This is a non-critical sensitive position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless previously certified to occupy a position at this level.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan.
Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date of the initial selection.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay if selected for this position.

Location of position:
SSA-HQ
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management
Office of Realty Management
Division of Architectural and Engineering Services

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

Preview questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11089525 Use APPLY link to submit responses.

You may not be credited for federal experience unless you clearly show your grade at the time the experience was gained, as well as the complete dates you were in each position.

SEE QUALIFICATIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RESUME MUST DEMONSTRATE.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your qualifications. You must clearly describe duties you perform that meet the Specialized Experience required for this position, as well as duties that demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities as they pertain to the Specialized Experience requirement . Since Specialized Experience also has a grade component, it must be evident that the duties you describe are at the required grade for at least 52 weeks. Duties that are not clearly described cannot be credited.

-- Skill in facilities mechanical engineering (possible 15 points)
-- Ability to apply mechanical engineering requirements (possible 15 points)
-- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing (possible 15 points)
-- Knowledge of advanced mechanical engineering concepts and principals (possible 15 points)

Follow instructions. Experience is subject to verification by the selecting official. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation to support your answers or to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability.

Ratings will consist of the following: first, eligibility will be determined based on responses to questions 3 and 4. Responses will be verified using your supporting documents - choose carefully. If you provide a response that indicates you are not eligible, fail to provide documents to support your claim OR you are otherwise found ineligible during this part of the review, you will not receive further consideration.

Eligible applicants will receive a score based on responses to the remaining online questions.

If you are among the highest-ranking applicants based on that score, your resume will be reviewed to determine if you demonstrate the required experience at the indicated grade level. See QUALIFICATIONS to understand what your resume must demonstrate. Resumes without this information will not be considered.

You cannot be credited for federal experience unless you clearly show your grade at the time the experience was gained, as well as the complete dates you were at each grade. If you combine career-ladder experience into a single description of duties, you may be eliminated from consideration based on failure to clearly document the required experience at the required grade level for the required period of time.

If you remain among the highest-ranked applicants (e.g., your resume clearly demonstrates that you meet the specialized experience at the indicated level for the required period of time), your name will be referred to the selecting official and your applicable documents will be forwarded for further review.

Applicants eligible for Priority Selection will receive the first consideration (see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp ).

Veterans' Preference eligibles will not receive consideration for priority selection.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Resumes must describe duties you perform as they relate to the Specialized Experience required for this position. Include your employer, work schedule (hours per week), full start/stop dates for each position and (if your position is or was federal) your federal pay scale and grade .

SEE QUALIFICATIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RESUME MUST DEMONSTRATE.

Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement or rating criteria will not be considered and may cause you to be ineligible.

Transcripts (or other documents specified under QUALIFICATIONS) must be submitted.
(ALSO see EDUCATION section for information on acceptable transcripts)

SF-50s must show grade, type of service and career-tenure. SF-50s should coincide with the information in your resume. If you are applying for noncompetitive referral based on grade, include the SF-50 showing your placement in a permanent GS-13 position.

Performance Appraisals are required for every applicant who has federal status, except as specifically stated below. Itmust be for a period that ended less than a year ago, must be completed and signed and must indicate a rating of satisfactory or better. Do not substitute a 'Performance Plan. ' VEOA-applicants and Military Spouses without federal status are not required to submit a federal performance appraisal.

SEE INFORMATION BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR YOUR SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY -- eligibilities not fully supported may result in a determination of ineligible.

COMPETITIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES -- (1) current SF-50 documenting competitive status, grade and career tenure; (2) additional SF-50s (if necessary) to document highest grade held and/or time-in-grade, (3) performance appraisal AND (4) if applicable, a current payscale.

EXCEPTED SERVICE EMPLOYEES (USPS, Foreign Service, agencies with interchange agreements, etc) -- (1) current SF-50 documenting grade and career tenure; (2) additional SF-50s (if necessary) to document highest grade held and/or time-in-grade; (3) performance appraisal; (4) (if applicable) a copy of your agency's Interchange Agreement and payscale AND (5) (if applicable) an SF-50 that documents your prior competitive service (e.g., a resignation, retirement or other termination action that shows WHEN you left the competitive service [block 4] AND if you separated with career or career-conditional tenure [block 24]. See Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.

SCHEDULE A/TIME-LIMITED VETERAN -- (1) SF-50 you received when you were hired; (2) current SF-50; (3) additional SF-50 (if necessary) documenting highest grade held and/or time-in-grade, (4) performance appraisal and (5) if applicable, a current payscale.

FORMER COMPETITIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES -- (1) separation SF-50 showing that separation was not for performance or conduct reasons, (2) (if different) SF-50 showing highest grade and career tenure. You must have served in the competitive service AND have permanent tenure OR have separated less than 3 years ago with conditional tenure (or at any time with veterans preference -- include vet documents). You are not required to submit a federal performance appraisal.

VEOA - without competitive status: (1) DD-214(s) (Member 4 ONLY) showing honorable discharge after serving 3+ years of continuous active duty OR (2) if applicable, documents demonstrating preference (such as a disability letter). If you are still on active duty, you must submit a recently dated official statement of service from your command. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

NOTE: applicants with federal status who apply under VEOA are bound by the requirements for federal employees and must submit vet documents, as well as appropriate SF-50s and Performance Appraisals, if required.

CTAP/ICTAP -- for displaced (or soon to be displaced) competitive service employees (does not apply if you voluntarily left your federal position) -- must receive a rating of 85% or higher AND must provide (1) separation notice, agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has terminated, OPM notification that your disability annuity has terminated OR Military Department/National Guard Bureau notice that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 OR (2) SF-50 documenting your separation. For complete information see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

MILITARY SPOUSES : see https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ . NOTE: applicants with federal status who also apply as a Military Spouse are bound by the requirements for federal employees and must also submit appropriate SF-50s and Performance Appraisals, if required.

If your federal payscale is not "GS" "WG" "WL" or "WS" please provide a copy of your agency's payscale.