Engineering Technician (Architecture/Drafting)

Richmond, Virginia
Nov 27, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Duties include, but are not limited to:

-Coordinating, technical overview, and inspection of construction projects and programs, as well as other technical assignments involving application of engineering principles using judgment and accepted engineering design and construction practices.

-Performing work of a broad scope and complexity in practices related to scientific and engineering fields and has demonstrated the ability to interpret, select, adapt, and apply many guidelines, precedents and engineering principles and practices.

-Construction quality assurance and contract administration activities to assigned construction projects.

-Assists in long range planning, design, and cost estimating of recurring and non-recurring construction and maintenance, and preparation of facility five-year comprehensive plan and five-year energy management plan.

-Reviews shop drawings and submittal from contractors during construction of new structures or renovation of existing structures for compliance with contract drawings and specifications.

-Accomplishing various technical and construction management functions relating to construction and facility management, energy management, and operation of building utility systems.

-Investigates the need for construction contract changes, completing field measurements and computations, recommending elements of change in designs.

-Prepares detailed cost estimates for competitively bid construction projects and maintenance and repair work.

-Analyzes whether physical obstructions or other construction difficulties have been anticipated.

-Screens projects to eliminate design problems related to space access limitations, fire, and safety requirements.

-Architectural design, mechanical and electrical design, fire sprinkler design, lighting design, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation design and asbestos abatement design.

-Incumbent will be the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for construction projects.

-Maintains record drawings of all station structures and grounds utilizing AutoCAD programs: Makes necessary changes to keep drawings current as remodeling occurs.

-Performs assessments in areas of maintenance and repair or remodeling to help determine the presence of asbestos.

-Coordinates all assigned design projects from conception to completion: Works with service chiefs to prepare project applications, conceptual plans, scope of work and construction documents, etc.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
Position Description/PD#: Engineering Technician / PD#2784
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives/Expenses: Not Authorized


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • 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
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/07/2021.

-Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-10 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: comprehensive, practical knowledge of, and skill in applying, technical engineering design and geometric principles related to complex design and construction sufficient to monitor the work for compliance with contract requirements; review designs for conformance with current industry practices; ensure designs fit field conditions and comply with performance based contract requirements; and use a variety of contracting processes to provide oversight for construction, architecture, and engineering contracts.

-Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-10. 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.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Customer Service
  • Decisiveness
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Oral Communication
  • Organizational Stewardship
  • Technical Competence

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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of sitting in one position, climbing up ladders and crawling under buildings, and sometimes being exposed to the elements.


There is no educational substitute for this grade level.

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.

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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