GENERAL ENGINEER
Department Of Veterans Affairs - San Juan, PR

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Vacancy ID: 912528

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 ”).

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Subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:
LOCATION: VA Caribbean Healthcare System, San Juan, PR

The primary function of this position Is to serve as Project Managed General Engineer for the Project Section of Facility Management Service at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS), San Juan, Puerto Rico and as such is delegated primary responsibilities related to two or more professional engineering trades, for assigned short and long range capital asset management program key elements such as supervising, leading and performing professional engineering work involving utilities, construction, building service equipment projects and service contracts at the Medical Center. Serve as a Project Manager/General Engineer in several VA Caribbean Healthcare System facilities which includes San Juan VAMC, outpatient clinics (POPC, MOPC), Community Based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), PR National Cemetery, St. Thomas and St. Croix Vet Centers. Responsible for the overall planning, management, supervision, controls, coordination and execution of his/her assigned Station Level, and Minor design & construction projects. Responsibility for the evaluation and the determination of method, means and technology to be used in a strategically solution for the planning and developing design and specifications for all facilities deficiencies to include renovations, repairs, new medical building facilities /structural construction projects; and replacement .

Work Schedule: Other- 7:30am - 4:00pm

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS ALL GRADES - EDUCATION (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): A 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. Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

OR

BASIC REQUIREMENTS ALL GRADES - COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Transcript and/or Documentation Required): A 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 applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Current registration as a Professional Engineer; (2) Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration; (3) 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 from an accredited university or (4) 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. Professional Engineering Experience is 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.

AND

GS-11 : One full year of specialized experience that equipped you with
the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the
duties of the General Engineer, GS-11 position, and that is typically in or
related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this
specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 in the
Federal service to qualify at the grade 11. Examples of specialized experience
include: providing professional consultative advice to management on the
engineering problems and responsibilities involved in the maintenance and
improvement of buildings, grounds, utilities, and equipment of a large and
complex medical center/hospital; conducting continual program reviews;
formulation of conceptual designs of major alterations, improvements, and
additions including determination of the size and scope of work and detailed
engineering cost estimates; predicting, developing, planning, and budgeting on a
long-range plan and equipment needs of a large and complex medical
center/hospital.

OR

A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in professional
engineering. To receive credit for education completed, degree must have been
obtained from an accredited school and/or institution. (Unofficial transcripts
required if qualifying solely on education)

GS-12 . One full year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the General Engineer, GS-12 position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service to qualify at the grade 12. Examples of specialized experience include: providing professional consultative advice to management on the engineering problems and responsibilities involved in the maintenance and improvement of buildings, grounds, utilities, and equipment of a large and complex medical center/hospital; conducting continual program reviews; continuous supervision, determination of day-to-day work assignment priorities, review of quality and quantity of work products, and performance evaluation of supervisory subordinates; oversight of a preventive maintenance program and recurring and non-recurring maintenance programs of a large and complex facility; formulation of conceptual designs of major alterations, improvements, and additions including determination of the size and scope of work and detailed engineering cost estimates; predicting, developing, planning, and budgeting on a long-range plan and equipment needs of a large and complex medical center/hospital; application of new developments and experienced judgments to solve engineering related problems.

AND

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: Proficiently communicate verbally and writing both Spanish and English.

English and Spanish Language Proficiency Requirement: Applicant must possess the ability to speak and write fluently and proficiently in Spanish and English in order to receive consideration for this position. Applicant's inability to proficiently speak and write in English and Spanish will result in an ineligible rating. The hiring facility will interview or test to evaluate the applicant's ability to write and speak in English and Spanish.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. Knowledge of a broad range of mechanical engineering concepts, principles and practices and familiarity with otherengineering disciplines.
2. Ability to perform complex engineering studies, plans and designs for implementing medical equipment, HVAC systems, processes and equipment.
3. Ability to perform complex engineering cost estimating for concept plans, designs andconstruction for implementing medicalequipment, HVAC systems, processes and equipment.
4. Ability to perform complex engineering construction contract documentation and serve as a contracting officer technical representative in the evaluation of construction process, schedule and execution, as well for any type of edification and for all safety related issues.
5. Ability to perform complex engineering written oral project status reports, presentations, and time tables with schedule milestone for implementing medical equipment, HAVC systems, processes and equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work involves substantial walking, and occasionally requires work during evenings, weekend hours and Holidays. Occasional physical activity Is required that ranges from considerable walking, long periods of standing, sudden stops, bending, crouching and climbing during regular and periodic construction activities, field inspections, site assessments and sub-basement areas to observe and evaluate pipe space conditions and to assess excavation sites for underground utilities installation. Work also includes frequent lifting of moderately heavy items such as equipment and construction/renovation materials as necessary to accomplish emergent needs.

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 Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (787)641-7582. 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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