General Engineer - GS - 0801-12 / 13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) ARC
Department Of Transportation - Washington, DC

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

This position is located in the Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development, Office of Engineering and Project Development, in Washington, D.C.

Under the supervision and general administrative direction of the Division Chief, you will provide engineering services, program management and technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of passenger and freight rail projects. The work will require you to apply engineering judgment and principles as well as project management and administrative skills to perform engineering studies and operations oversight of projects funded by grants or loans, including progress reviews, site visits, and managing oversight contractors. The work will also require you to interface with diverse public, industry and Government (U.S. and foreign) groups who have interests and concerns with the planning and implementation of rail infrastructure investments. The work also often requires basic understanding and use of several engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, as well as engineering economics.

The ideal candidate has experience in providing engineering review, program and project management, and providing technical guidance and oversight of passenger and freight rail projects.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date

Position is telework eligible.

Job also advertised Merit Promotion: FRA.RPD-2013-0013

Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:
At the full performance level, you will:
Review and comment on engineering documentation detailing project scope, schedule and budgets; including analysis of engineering reports and design drawings for railroad track, structures, and vehicles.

Apply engineering judgment and principles; project management and administrative skills to engineering studies and operations oversight of projects funded by grants or loans.

Work closely with the staff in the Environmental and Systems Planning Division to ensure strong integration among projects and to provide technical assistance with engineering, design and environmental requirements.

Provide technical support for the development and review of project scoping and development of statements of work.

Assist in the development and maintenance of infrastructure operations planning and simulation methods including railroad capacity modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other resources for railroad project development and planning.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the Education Requirement for the series, provide a copy of transcripts for verification, and meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL
To qualify, your experience should include at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:

GRADE 12

Experience applying engineering principles and practices as they relate to project development, standards and procedures in the transportation industry.

Experience providing advice and guidance in various internal and external meetings, conferences or training sessions on issues related to transportation project development.

GRADE 13

In addition to meeting the specialized experience at the GS-12, this level requires:

Experience providing program and/or project management oversight and monitoring of transportation programs.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college. OR

Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration as an engineer.

Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.

Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM

Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications .

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.

SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec. 31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb. 15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over nonveterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.
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BENEFITS:
Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here . This position is telework eligible.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .

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