Civil Engineer
Government of the District of Columbia 23 reviews - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-810-12

Agency: District Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Project Management Administration

Area of Consideration: Open to the General Public

Opening Date: August 13, 2013
Closing Date: August 30, 2013

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1975 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Permanent

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential

Salary Range: $69,628 to $89,077 per annum

Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday, 8:15AM - 4:45PM


Brief Description of Duties: Serves as a technical specialist to management concerning advanced and/or complex civil and related engineering matters. Participates, as requested, in the development of scope, goal setting, budget processes, multi-year and long and short range work plans, for diverse special projects as they relate to engineering concerns and performs professional civil engineering assignments. Manages the design, delivery and completion of complex construction projects which typically require the knowledge of the physical sciences, mathematics underlying engineering, and specialized knowledge of mechanics of solids, particularly of soils, hydraulics, theory of structure, strength of materials, engineering geology, and/or surveying. Participates in the preparation and maintenance of comprehensive project plans and schedules, especially concerning the engineering designs and plans. Participates in the oversight and inspection of construction contractors engaged in completing specified projects and review preliminary scope of work, field inspection and provide supervisor with recommendations of basic characteristics and desirable changes. Utilizes design software and drawing tools to complete/address advanced planning or design problems in compliance with construction and government standards. Identifies and defines the nature and scope of obscure problems, project assumptions and derives criteria from inconclusive or variable data. Reviews proposed construction project plans and specifications prepared by consultants for adequacy, accuracy, suitability, economy and conformance with Federal, District and agency guidelines and long range facility plans. Reviews contract bids, investigates bidder qualifications to provide bid analysis and recommendations.

Candidates must be experienced in managing, coordinating, and administrating transportation construction projects from conceptual design thru punch-list closeout. Demonstrate understanding of complex construction within an urban environment with accelerated schedules, ability to engage and manage stakeholders. Candidates should be a self-starters, able to demonstrate initiative, take direction and execute the vision and program of the DC Streetcar Program Manager. Transit experience, especially with electrical and communications is a plus. EIT and PE are preferred.


Basic Requirements for Engineers: Candidates must meet the basic requirements described under A or B: (A) Bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering in an accredited college or university. The curriculum must have been in a school of engineering with a least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR must have included 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) static, 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 physics, such as optics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, or electronics. --OR-- (B) Combination of Education and Experience: college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (a) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (b) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. Any one of the following is acceptable as a demonstration of meeting the qualifications required. (1) Current registration as a professional engineer by any state, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; (2) Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Board of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; (3) Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering courses that are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph (A) above; or (4) Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant had a least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Comprehensive professional knowledge of civil engineering theories, principles, practices and techniques, as well as pertinent laws, regulations, standards related to assigned projects, sufficient to provide technical guidance related to the management of programs, policies, and business practices used in initiating, designing, and management of engineering projects.

Ranking Factor #2: Ability to read construction plans, including but not limited to: site plans, architectural and engineering design floor plans, cross sections, details, riser diagrams and shop drawings of systems to be able to ascertain compliance with relevant codes and standards, and suggest appropriate changes as necessary for compliance.

Ranking Factor #3: Demonstrated skill in operating a variety of computer software programs, i.e., word processing, messaging systems, presentation software, spreadsheets, and accessing and utilizing web based applications.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, to prepare and present reports, correspondence, presentations and proposals involving complex engineering issues and processes to people with varied levels of understanding.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors: This position has been designated as an emergency employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual Chapter 12. As such, your service maybe required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, e.g., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication. These duties maybe performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

Other Information: This position maybe subject to criminal background checks and/or driving record checks, as well as random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to DC Act 15-620.

Participation in a program and ability to acquire industry standard certification/registration/ licensure, such as: National Society of Professional Engineers, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, for particular engineering discipline is desirable and may be required. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Architecture, or other appropriately related field, and one (1) year of experience performing related engineering duties. Must obtain an Engineer in Training (EIT)/Engineer Intern (EI) certification within a year of employment. Failure to obtain and maintain such certification will result in the termination of employment.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the
Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required
to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide
District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the District Department of Transportation Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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