GENERAL ENGINEER
Department of Veterans Affairs - West Haven, CT

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Vacancy ID: 889500

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise

- “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans . The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES: This position is located in the Engineering Service at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Overseeing, directing, and administering the construction, major maintenance, repair, and alterations of facilities, structures, and landscapes;
  • Preparing designs, specifications, and estimates;
  • Evaluating baseline data and incorporating salient factors into design considerations and solutions;
  • Serving as consultant on committees dealing with special project initiatives;
  • Preparing scopes of work and assisting Architectural & Design (A&E) firms with design criteria and specifications;
  • Negotiating A&E design pricing and completion schedules with the Contracting Officer;
  • Providing professional engineering advice to peers, subordinates, administrators, and managers;
  • Reviewing plans and specifications submitted by architects, engineers, and designers;
  • Inspecting the materials, methods, and equipment used in construction and repairs;
  • Preparing detailed cost estimates to obtain project funding;
  • Preparing correspondence, technical reports, fact sheets, status reports, and schedules;
  • Performing related duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A professional engineering degree in a school of engineering whose curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or whose curriculum 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) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. If you answer yes to this question, you must submit transcripts with your application.

OR

A combination of education and specialized experience, i.e., college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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? To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Only education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level is qualifying. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. If you answer yes to this question, you must document your experience in your application/resume and submit transcripts with your application.

AND

GS-11 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: One year of specialized experience in general engineering that equipped you 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, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: performing engineering tasks associated with complex and diversified design and construction projects; applying knowledge of the various disciplines of engineering (civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, architectural and electronic); evaluating equipment, buildings and structures; providing technical support by developing solutions to engineering problems; performing technical calculations; knowledge of regulatory requirements; and compiling information to write a variety of technical reports. To receive credit for these skills they must be detailed in your resume.

OR

GS-11 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in an accredited institution that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-11 level. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, you must submit transcripts with your application.

OR

GS-11 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and higher level graduate education as described for the GS-11 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-11 level. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. For the GS-11, only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours (2 years) may be used to qualify. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented and you must submit transcripts with your application.

GS-12 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: One year of specialized experience in general engineering that equipped you 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, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: managing highly complex and diversified design and construction projects; applying knowledge of the various disciplines of engineering (civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, architectural and electronic); overseeing the construction, major maintenance repair and alterations of facilities, structures and landscapes; evaluating design objectives; performing complex technical calculations; providing technical support by developing solutions to engineering problems; knowledge of regulatory requirements; providing professional advice to peers and managers; and compiling information to write a variety of technical reports. To receive credit for these skills they must be detailed in your resume.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
· Knowledge of various engineering concepts and construction trades.
· Skill in designing complex construction projects.
· Ability to work under pressure.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required while walking, standing, climbing, and carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as hospitals, offices, training rooms, and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. There may be occasional exposure to moderate risks or discomforts in storage areas, in mechanical rooms, or on construction and/or hazardous waste sites.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference :

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: 950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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