Civil Engineer

Department Of Agriculture Milwaukee , WI 53201

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

This position is located within Region 9. Duty location will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability and the Unit manager's approval. See Additional Information section for list of possible duty locations.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Richard Kell at (906) 428-5875 or at Richard.kell@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

  • Provide technical advice and input to others performing bridge inspections, using regulatory requirements for a wide variety of bridge types and other drainage structures.

  • Perform or review analysis of existing structures to determine the safe load capacity for bridges (load ratings) as required by regulation for other structures as the need arises.

  • Use computer programs to prepare drawings using AutoCAD and/or Civil 3D for design and accomplish work.

  • Apply federal regulations and agency supplements to plan, prepare and administer architectural engineering Contracts for structural engineering projects.

  • Serve as subject matter expert to Regional leadership for bridge and major culvert designs, contract drawings, specifications and government estimate for application within the region.

  • Provide designs to the region for new and rehabilitated buildings, towers, platforms, docks, retaining walls, and other similar structures.

  • Review and conduct hydraulic and hydrologic studies, geotechnical soil studies and analysis, structural design plans, specifications, and estimates to analyze appropriateness of site plans for structural adequacy.

  • Use information to determine the preliminary design data, site surveys, foundation investigations, and engineering reports for proper design.

  • Use standard computer programs to include Mathcad, and structural analysis-based software for design and accomplish work.

  • Apply analysis to aquatic passage standards and morphology of streams for desired results in regards to transportation system components like culverts, bridges, and retaining walls.

  • Conduct evaluations of condition surveys preparing technical reports and recommendations for a variety of complex structures.

  • Work with the Forests to develop a detailed engineering prospectus required for the negotiation of A and E contracts for structural inspections and designs.

  • Review and approve engineering reports, design specifications, and cost estimates submitted by A and E contractors are adequate and meet the technical requirements of the contract.

  • Inspect construction and maintenance projects to ensure safety of the public.

  • Determine products or construction methods to meet the specified requirements and recommends acceptance, conditional acceptance, or rejection.

  • Work to explain and coordinate projects with others at all organizational levels in the development of programs and program relations, techniques and principles.

  • Facilitate meetings with contract representatives to address project improvements or practices.

  • Provide advice to contractors in preparation and issuance of construction contracts.

  • Discuss projects with contractors to resolve controversial problems before and during construction.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required to attend conferences, and meetings

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

0810 Civil Engineering

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov

  • Must possess Professional Engineer License.

  • Salary is determined by duty location.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirement:

GS-0810:

A. A successful completion of a degree in Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.

B. 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 current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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.

C. 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 evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

D. 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 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 program.

E. 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 successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g. engineering technology, 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.)

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the G-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Examples include: Preparing original designs, or preliminary and final layouts, for facilities, systems, transportation systems, or equipment with difficult/unusual components, or characterized by a variety of conditions; Monitoring work of contractors by reviewing progress charts, conducting field surveys, verifying fulfillment of obligations on moderate complexity projects, and providing technical assistance; Developing programs for maintenance of facilities or transportation systems varied in type and purpose, but had ample precedents for planning, design, and construction; and/or Performing studies of considerable scope/complexity with elements from related disciplines, such as systems engineering mathematics, operations, research, and/or computer science

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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