Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)
Department of the Army - Huntington, WV

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.


This position is also being announced under SWGJ13267411789512 for "Status Candidates". If you are currently a permanent Department of Army employee with status or have other appointment eligibility(s), ensure to review this announcement to determine if you are eligible to apply and receive consideration.

About the Position:
You will serve as a senior team member with primary responsibility for hydraulic and hydrologic engineering investigations supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (Center). The work will include unique and complex projects throughout the Region, and will occasionally include projects outside the Region and international projects.

Who May Apply:
US Citizens

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government interest.


You must be a U.S. citizen.

Travel, including international, may be required 20-30% of the time.

You will serve as a staff hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) engineer in the Center. You will:

Direct and review the work of intermittently assigned technicians, lower graded engineers, and/or AEs in the development of Center-related products for dam safety projects;
Serve as project hydraulic and hydrologic engineer for dam safety modification work;
Develop hydraulic and hydrologic models and tools to be used for risk reliability analyses to suport risk-informed decisions for periodic assessments, issue evaluations, alternative formulation, and dam safety modifications;
Provide hydraulic and hydrologic engineering input for dam safety risk assessments, potential failure modes analyses, etc.;
Produce or contribute to dam safety modification reports, design documentation reports, and construction contract plans and specifications;
Provide internal Center review or similar peer review;
Develop AE design contracts and construction plans and specifications; and
Oversee and ensure success of all facets of contracted design and service contract work.

Specialized Experience :
In order to qualify for this position, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 position in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is demonstrated through developing hydraulic and hydrologic models to be used for risk and reliability analysis to support risk informed decisions AND developing hydraulic dam break analysis.

Education Requirement:
This position has a minimum education requirement. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet one of the following education/experience requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree or above in professional engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY. (You must submit transcripts with your application package).
  • A bachelor's degree or above in professional engineering. The 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 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. (You must submit transcripts with your application package).
  • Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. You must also have college-level education, training, and/or technical expertise 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. (You must submit transcripts and a copy of your professional registration with your application package).
  • Successful completion of the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. You must also have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the ABET (You must submit transcripts with your application package).
  • A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical expertise that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph B above. The courses are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. (You must submit transcripts with your application package).
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g. physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology) and at least one (1) full year of professional engineering experience that was acquired under a professional training program or under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (You must submit transcripts with your application package.)
Other Requirements:
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if he or she attains an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance -
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs - or
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

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