Supervisory General Engineer (Assistant Chief)

Richmond, Virginia
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 27, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

The Supervisory General Engineer (Assistant Chief) support the policies and objectives of the Chief Engineer, and shares fully in the duties, responsibilities, and authorities of the Chief. This position requires a complete range of engineering disciplines that consists of constructions projects, modernization, maintenance and repair in all areas of the medical center. Duties and responsibilities of the Supervisory General Engineer (Assistant Chief) are but are not limited to:
  • Provides assistance to the Chief, Engineering Service with authority, responsibility, and accountability on all issues affecting Engineering Service. The Assistant Chief collaborates with the Chief and operations and program managers to ensure integrated goals and priorities are met. Works closely with peers in other services to meet their needs as internal customers and the needs of external customers as well. Incumbent is knowledgeable of overall VISN and medical center goals, missions, and priorities to ensure a positive impact on other programs and resources.
  • Evaluates and provides recommendations to the Chief, Engineering Service on organizational changes in key positions within the service/division; assists with internal personnel-related programs to ensure they are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner; along with the Chief, communicates agency and local policies and priorities to all employees within the service; with the Chiefs concurrence, delegates to each section supervisor the authority and responsibility to carry out assigned tasks; follows progress of each and recommends improvements to the Chief to be made where warranted; supports the Chief ensuring labor/management relations are maintained in accordance with medical center policy and procedures, and that other requirements such as effective use of performance standards, EEO policies, and other personnel-related rules and regulations are effectively enforced.
  • Assists the Chief on facility, environmental and public safety concerns, and is inherently involved with the total medical center mission. Serves on standing committees in support of the Chief. Provides assistance to the Chief on resolution of a wide variety of facility problems since activities take him/her throughout the physical plant.
  • Assists in long and short range planning, establishing policy, and advises the Chief on budgeting for the medical center, as well as for all Engineering Service programs.
  • Possesses a mastery of the concepts and principles of general engineering to resolve novel or obscure problems; extend and modify techniques; and/or apply new, innovative, or experimental general engineering theories, developments, or practices to problems or studies not susceptible to treatment by acceptable methods. The position requires extensive knowledge of construction and safety codes and regulations, including a working knowledge of all The Joint Commission Environment of Care standards.
  • Possesses extensive administrative abilities combined with considerable experience in facility systems and equipment.
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of biomedical engineering. Incumbent has knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of management to establish goals and objectives and to control and assist in the coordination of various programs.
  • Possesses a demonstrated ability to assist, administer, and coordinate complex programs with business and clinical support groups while maintaining effective working relationships, as well as thorough knowledge of all regulatory standards such ,as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The Joint Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), and federal and state codes such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), etc.
  • Performs other directly related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm or Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory General Engineer (Assistant Chief)/PD027540
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Is authorized and may be offered to highly qualified candidates.

Physical Requirements: Work is generally performed in an office environment. However, inspections and field work require frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing ladders, etc. and inspections in cramped spaces.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • 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.

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-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

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.

Individual Occupational Requirement: The Engineering Series, 0800 has an Individual Occupational Requirement. In order to be appointed into this position, applicants must meet one the following:

A. Degree: - Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must:(1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by 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
B. 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 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. 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. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 2 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.
  • 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.
  • GS-13 grade level : One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: planning, design, and supervision of project renovation, modernization, and construction work; all interior design work and services; all maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, building service equipment, utility systems, medical equipment and personal property; initiates molds and sets policy, procedures, standards and goals for the Engineering Program. Specialized experience is defined as:
    • (1) Professional knowledge of engineering, (Mastery of several specialized disciplines); such as engineering concepts, principles and practices; worked with the design, construction, replacements, operation, maintenance and layout of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, medical gases and other systems for use in hospitals, clinics, multistory office buildings, steam plants, chilled water plants and similar structures; managing renovation or new construction projects from conception to completion; reading, preparing, and interpreting architectural, structural, civil, industrial hygiene, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans and drawings; ensuring compliance with contracts and regulatory requirements; working on design teams, using flow diagrams, conceptual layouts, and construction estimation; making decisions regarding alternatives and adaptations of engineering principles; and using of computerized drafting, equipment, and full-size drawing production/reproduction. Interpreting blueprints and possess knowledge and understanding of national codes, federal specification, trade practices and standards. Experience developing, overseeing, monitoring, enforcement of policy and procedures to comply with The Joint Commission, Federal, State and local requirements, (while ensuring consistency in various energy construction programs and energy conservation projects in the facility).
    • (2) Professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; Directs and oversee engineering and facility station level projects and construction programs, including formulating and managing budgets engineering concepts, principles and practices; a wide variety of building codes and energy conservation measures; worked with the design, construction, replacements, operation, maintenance and layout of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, medical gases and other systems for use in hospitals, clinics, multistory office buildings, steam plants, chilled water plants and similar structures. Manage/ leading a team of engineers and engineering technicians in a health care setting that requires application of a wide variety of building codes and energy conservation measures.
    • (3) Positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability; Resolves various complex technical and professional facility management problems. Worked and communicated with a diverse population, proving a working knowledge of engineering, construction, cost estimating, and project management on highly complex projects.


    There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level

    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; religions; 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.

    Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-13 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Additional information

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.
    As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22. VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Please contact the Human Resources Point of Contact listed at the top of the JOA.

    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.

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