General Engineer
Department of Veterans Affairs - Salem, VA

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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?


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








espect and


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America's Veterans need you!

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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

This position is located at the VA Medical Center in Salem, VA.

You will serve in a dual role of responsibilities and functions as the Project/Resident Engineer on delegated construction projects.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Uses knowledge of the various disciplines of engineering including, civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural, electronic and biomedical engineering sufficient to identify a wide range of complex problems and exercise competent engineering judgment and practices sufficient to design an inspect new, demolishing or renovation construction within the unusual needs and special demand of a healthcare facility.


Develops and prepares cost estimates for competitive bidding.


Maintains complete, accurate and up-to-date records.


Monitors all engineering design phases of complex construction, extension, alteration, demolition, maintenance and repair projects for the Medical Center.


Review architectural /engineering drawings for fire, safety OSHA and other external reviewing authority standards to assure compliance with all applicable requirements.


Coordinates and maintains liaison with organizations having related assignments, other medical centers, other agencies, contractors, utility companies, state and local governments etc.


Participates in final on-site inspections.


Writes inspection reports, proposal requests, memos, and letters relating to construction contracts.


Performs electrical, mechanical, civil, and utility designs/layouts, complete with specifications.


Interprets construction drawings, specifications, and building codes, ability to evaluate architectural/engineering contracts as they pertain to engineering service.


Uses Computer Assisted Design Drawing (CADD) system and a wide variety of software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access etc. to extract and organize data, produce letters and prepare specific working documents.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:45am -4:30pm



You must first meet Basic Education Requirements for this position as described below. Transcripts are


Basic Education Requirements

Degree in professional engineering:
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.



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 professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their application to one of the branches of engineering.

The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:


Professional registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by an State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.


Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration.


Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering.



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 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 prior professional engineering type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.



In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must have specialized experience or directly related education as described below.

1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of General Engineer? To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-11 grade level. Examples of Specialized experience are: professional experience of various disciplines of engineering including civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural, electronic and biomedical engineering sufficient to identify a wide range of complex problems and exercise competent engineering judgment and practices sufficient to design, and inspect new, demolishing or renovation construction needs within a large facility; evaluating or recommending the work of architectural/engineering firms; interpreting construction drawings, specifications and building codes; preparing cost estimates for competitive bids; and using computer systems to extract, organize data and prepare working documents for engineering projects. NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed 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.

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

Ability to function as a project engineer and resident engineer on delegated construction projects without supervision

Knowledge of all of the technical aspects of the engineering functions

Skill in analyzing current and projected programs

Ability to manage budgeted resources, establish priorities and adjust and respond to changing issues, requirements, and situations in a manner that contributes to the needs of the entire organization

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of the position require visits to all areas of the medical center environment.

Physical agility and manual dexterity are essential in that the incumbent must be able to climb, lift, push, balance, stoop, knee, crouch, crawl, reach, and work in close quarters during project inspections and gathering of project design information. Inspections of hazardous environments require the use of respirators and protective clothing.

You spend a significant portion of each day conducting field inspections.

You may often be required to personally oversee delicate or dangerous work in the field for long hours each day, such as overhead crane work, confined space entry, excavation and trenching, and high voltage field connections.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


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


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

) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at

. 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: 1970 Roanoke Blvd

Salem, VA 24153

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.


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


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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