Mechanical Engineer (Senior Mechanical Engineer)

Washington, D.C
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Full Time


WHAT IS THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY SERVICES DIVISION? FACILITIES MANAGEMENT & SECURITY SERVICES (FMSS) DIVISION customers are IRS employees. FMSS identifies and delivers value-added, cost efficient, shared service solutions, that facilitate the success of the IRS mission.

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WHAT DOES A MECHANICAL ENGINEER DO? As a Mechanical Engineer at the IRS you will use your design skills and technical background to provide expert technical advice to the IRS on a variety of infrastructure projects. You will manage design projects and advise management concerning major aspects of technical alteration and construction projects.

As a Mechanical Engineer you will:
  • Serve as the senior mechanical engineer and is responsible for creating, managing, coordinating, reviewing, and providing broad engineering technical advice relative to all aspects of mechanical-related design of IRS facilities throughout the United States. Apply expert professional mechanical engineering knowledge together with extensive practical knowledge and experience of design and construction methods and techniques related to buildings/space occupied by IRS employees. Review and resolve complex mechanical engineering designs for facilities and issues. Provide guidance to lower-graded mechanical engineers.
  • Maintain a continuous overview of the building systems program to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of mechanical engineering policies, procedures, and plans. Compile and analyze design approach methodology and other design support requirements, and advise management on the adequacy of the design process.
  • Serve as liaison with the General Services Administration (GSA) and other federal authorities and private architectural/engineering firms in establishing and maintaining a highly reliable level of performance within statutory and regulatory conditions.
  • Develop and implement the IRS's design and construction standards and policies. Also, develop procedures and instructions to be used throughout field offices by other engineers and Analysts with regard to special programs that require broad knowledge of IRS policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Present the IRS's views and requirements on mechanical engineering designs, specifications, estimates, and related matters for site and building investigations and space development. Serve as the technical authority for mechanical design and construction matters with other agencies.
  • Conduct a review of all assigned construction and alteration project plans to include scope of work, designs, specifications, functional impact analysis, feasibility studies, budget and cost estimates, and scheduling. As a technical expert in construction; review, evaluate, correct, and approve design submissions, contract specifications, and cost proposals, submitted by contractors under IRS or GSA contracts for completeness, accuracy, adherence to the IRS standards, code compliance, and effectiveness for the project.
  • Conduct field investigations and inspects construction in progress to ensure compliance with the contract, IRS rules and regulations, and legal requirements.
  • Develop the IRS's overall long-range facilities plans, including the determination of the best method to provide required facilities and identification of special expertise or technology for the design and/or construction requirements related to mechanical engineering issues.
  • Use expert skill to communicate effectively by graphically developing visual representations and presenting them in a persuasive fashion. Utilize Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) in order to produce design intent plans including computer graphics software and applicable peripherals (i.e. scanners, plotters, etc.) used to produce visual products. Employ AutoCAD and similar industry standard software programs in order to prepare and/or review and comment on contractor prepared design documents.

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Travel Required

25% or less - 1-5 Nights per Month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments

The work is primarily sedentary, but may require considerable walking on hard surfaces and standing for long periods of time.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher professional engineering degree. The curriculum must: 1) be in a school of engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 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. OR A combination of education and experience. The education must include courses equivalent to a major in engineering, as shown above. To be qualifying your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate: Thorough 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.
This must be demonstrated by meeting one (1) of the following:
1. Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
2. Written Test showing evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration.
3. Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.
4. 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 degree in engineering, provided that you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience applying broad professional knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, concepts, methods and techniques in order to develop, plan, design highly technical alteration and construction projects; Knowledge of a variety of architectural and engineering functions (i.e., mechanical, electrical, structural), terminology, practices and policies in order to review, evaluate, and assist with negotiations on submittals from design and the ability to integrate all architectural and engineering disciplines to ensure that technical concerns and issues are coordinated and resolved in the preparation of drawings, and specifications. Qualifying specialized experience is experience that demonstrates accomplishment of technical expert/consultant work for an organization. Responsibilities include projects, contract oversight, directing, managing, coordinating, reviewing, and providing expert engineering and technical advice. Project assignments should have required a wide range of knowledge of the overall identification, planning, acquisition, design and installation of mechanical (i.e., heating, ventilation, air conditioning, energy conservation) systems. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant analyzed a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning technical aspects of alteration and construction projects.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).



Additional information

Position is located in Facilities Mgmt & Sec Services, Off of the Deputy Director, Facilities Support, A&E Field Design Support. 1 vacancy to be filled at any one of the Locations below:

1160 W 1200 S, Ogden, UT
1111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
401 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA

A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at:

      • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
      • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
      • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
      • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
      • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 7:00am- 3:30pm
      • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
        If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas: Building Construction, Mechanical Engineering, Planning and Evaluating, Oral Communication/Speaking, Writing, Design, Technology Application, Problem Solving, Leadership, Project Management, Team Work, and Influencing and Negotiating.

Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at

Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order.

If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of category HIGHLY QUALIFIED or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

IRS employees:
if a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

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.