General Engineer
Department of Veterans Affairs - Palo Alto, CA

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812584

The

Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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. 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 at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System under the Planning Section of the Director's Office in Palo Alto, CA. The General Engineer - Project Manager - is a staff position in the Planning Section, and you will work under the general supervision of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System/VAPAHCS Facility Director and VAPAHCS Facility Planner. You will be responsible for construction and project management. Your duties will include:

PERFORM DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT FOR MAJOR A/E DESIGNED PROJECTS

SERVE AS A LIAISON BETWEEN FACILITY LEADERSHIP, PLANNING AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS AND A/E AND CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

PERFORM SCHEDULING, PHASING, AND COORDINATION OF MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

RESOLVE PROBLEMS DURING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

EVALUATE CHANGE ORDERS, AND REVIEW SUBMITTALS FOR APPROVALS

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

***RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
This position includes a

Selective Placement Factor

(skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The

Selective Placement Factor

for this position is

:

"

Experience in coordinating construction projects, buildings, building additions, major utility systems, and major building utility in a hospital environment."

(

This experience must be substantiated in your resume

.)

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR THIS POSITION:
Possess a bachelor's degree in professional engineering from an accredited college or university. To be acceptable, the curriculum must, (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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.

(TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR

Possess a combination of college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished you with; (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.

(TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by

ONE

of the following:
Professional registration

  • Current registration as a professional engineer 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.
(COPY OF CURRENT REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

OR

Written Test

  • Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
(DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

OR

Specified academic courses

  • Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described above.
(TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR

Related curriculum

  • 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 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.
(DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)

(The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

PLUS

In addition to meeting the above basic requirements for this position, you must also

: Possess one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include project oversight; coordinate with leadership, facility planner and engineering to determine scope, budget and schedules for major construction projects; coordinate project Architect/Engineer-A/E and construction firms, consultants, service chiefs, and staff to achieve project objectives; serve as project liaison/manager for dedicated major construction projects; monitor and manage construction projects to include design and construction process; ensure that projects are completed in compliance with life safety code requirements; prepare Scope of Work for Architect/Engineer-A/E service contracts; perform review, evaluation, and adequacy of project submittals; administer major construction contracts; evaluate and determine compliance of shop drawings, certification, and other submittals from contractors; evaluate technical data pertaining to materials, equipment, proposals, and methods of installation; conduct investigations of project sites to determine essential site information; evaluate data to incorporate into design considerations and solutions; present technical requirements to physicians, nurses, and healthcare system leadership; perform feasibility studies for changes in use of space and function, and strong writing skills and strong experience with the use of the following software applications: access, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project and Word.

Note: Definition of Professional Engineering Experience:
The professional engineering experience required for grades GS-7 and above is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.

Professional knowledge of engineering is defined as the comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent.

Professional ability to apply engineering knowledge is defined as the ability to (a) apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception; (b) adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and (c) organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.

Professional work in engineering, like that in other professions, is marked by continuing personal effort to keep abreast of the advancing and changing discipline. Continuing education in engineering and related fields is an important element of full professional competence as an engineer that should be considered in evaluating the qualifications of applicants for professional engineering positions.

In some situations, experience may be creditable even if it is not clearly professional engineering work. In such cases, the experience must have been preceded by prior responsible professional engineering experience and must contribute directly and significantly to the applicant's engineering competence. For example, an engineer might be assigned to a management-type position in preparation for assumption of higher-level responsibilities in engineering project or program management.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

SKILL IN LEADING MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMS

SKILL IN COORDINATING CONCURRENT COMPLEX PROJECTS

ABILITY TO MAKE ENGINEERING DETERMINATION OF PROJECT NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS

SKILL IN STUDIES OF COMPLEX UTILITY SYSTEMS

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing using automated systems, programs and applications

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to climb, lift, push, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and reach. Must be able to carry light equipment, and must have good hearing, eyesight, depth perception, and use of all limbs to perform at optimal level. Work hours will often extend beyond the normal 8 hour day and may include night and evening work. Work environment is usually indoors, in an office. Frequently visits all areas of the Health Care System where there is possible exposure to contagious diseases. Frequently visits construction sites where there is exposure to physical hazards such as falling objects, tripping, falling, electric shock, burns, dust, debris, noise, chemical and other hazards.

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 (go to

http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this

checklist

or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 3801 Miranda Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94304

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/ctap/index.asp

.

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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