General Engineer, GS-0801-13
Department Of Homeland Security - Alameda, CA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1107-SE-AM-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC), Product Line Division, Portfolio Management Branch, Alameda, CA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required.

This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

This position requires travel.

DUTIES:
The incumbent acts as the engineering Subject Matter Expert for an integrated cross-functional staff of community planners, engineers, real property specialists and environmental protection specialists.

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Applying broad understanding in a specialized area of planning to new programs that are in the process of being defined, and therefore, include problems lacking in precedents.
  • Managing and carrying out planning studies, collects data, and takes full responsibility for all phases of the project, including providing technical and procedural guidance, economic, and environmental analysis, and interpretation of these findings.
  • Serving as senior engineer in coordinating and integrating the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi-phase projects.
  • Developing regulations, position papers, and instructions related to community planning aspects of Coast Guard programs.
  • Serving as a technical specialist guiding and evaluating contractor efforts and assessing technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted.
  • Ensuring that a progress schedule is maintained and takes remedial action to ensure the proper relationship between work efforts and total project development.
  • Leading, planning, scheduling, evaluating, monitoring and preparing reports and schedules, presents recommendations to managers within and external to Coast Guard, and generally oversees completion of assigned team projects.
  • Serving as project manager or assistant project manager for projects, contractors, etc.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS : Degree: 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.

OR

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:

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.

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.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of 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 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements. 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.

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.

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS : AT THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-12 in the federal service performing concepts and principles of general engineering as it relates to land use planning; resolving novel or obscure problems; extending and modifying techniques; developing new approaches that guide other engineers or planners who solve a variety of technical problems; applying new, innovative, or experimental engineering theories, developments, or practices to problems or studies not susceptible to treatment by acceptable methods.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

This position does have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

***KSAs***
1. Knowledge of the concepts and principles of general engineering as it related to land use planning, to resolve novel or obscure problems.

2. Ability to develop new approaches that guide other engineers or planners who solve a variety to technical problems.

3. Ability to apply new, innovative, or experimental engineering theories, developments, or practices to problems or studies not susceptible to treatment by acceptable methods.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
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BENEFITS:
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:
Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6287. Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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