Civil Engineer

Department Of Energy Los Alamos , NM 87544

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

The Department of Energy is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for exciting positions available in multiple locations throughout the United States.

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

To learn more about the Department of Energy, please visit the website at www.energy.gov.

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Responsibilities

This series covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving:

  • construction, renovation, inspection, decommissioning, and/or demolition of structures, infrastructures, and their environmental systems above or under the earth's surface;
  • investigation and evaluation of the earth's physical, natural, and man-made features; and/or
  • transportation, utilities, building and construction industries.

Civil engineering work involves the generation and/or application of theories, principles, practical concepts, and processes related to:

  • The science of civil engineering (including its materials, methods, systems, industry codes, and procedures) and the other traditional engineering science disciplines (e.g., mechanical, electrical, chemical);

  • The art, techniques, and engineering design standards for the building, transportation, public works, and construction industries;

  • Physical science disciplines (e.g., physics, chemistry, and materials science), advanced mathematics, and social science disciplines (e.g., economics and community planning); and/or

  • Critical inquiry and scientific methodology.

As a Civil Engineer, at minimum you will:

  • Provide advisory services in the planning and design process, and engineering management services for design, construction, sustainment, and decommissioning projects.

  • Interpret design documents and oversee the proper execution of construction work.

  • Involved in original and applied research activities conducted in laboratory settings or for organizations primarily concerned with testing, technology transfer activities, materials and instrumentation development, and modeling and computational analysis.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional travel may be required, however, dependent upon the program office some positions may require a higher percentage of travel.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
15 - Vacancies filled under this public notice may have varying levels of promotion potential and supervisory level, if any.

  • Job family (Series)
    0810 Civil Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

  • Telework may or may not be eligible depending on the position requirements

  • May be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority Certain STEM Positions for grades GS 11-15. This serves as a public notice for the use of the Direct Hire Authority in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3327 and 3330 and 5 CFR 330. Under this recruitment procedure, applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

Positions are located agency-wide and may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

Appointments made with this authority are processed as a new appointment into the Civil Service.

The vacancies filled through these appointments have varying levels of background investigative requirements, up to a Top Secret

  • DOE "Q" clearance.

Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected under this authority are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

All positions are subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

Positions may be designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and subject to testing for illegal drug use. A negative drug test must be obtained prior to being appointed into these positions and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

You must meet the Basic Requirement listed in the "Education Requirements" section and the "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this series as described below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-11: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-09) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience performing such duties as assisting and/or participating in design work for new construction, renovations, and improvements to real property facilities, including utility systems, small, routine projects or portions of large, complex projects; participating in technical review of design calculations, analyses, drawings, and specifications; prepares or participates in the preparation using computer/computer aided software, etc., to solve engineering problems, statements of work; reviews system design calculations, costs estimates, analyses, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with project requirements.

OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree

OR

Ph.D or Equivalent doctoral degree

OR

A combination of education and experience.

GS-12: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-11) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience such as applying engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards and methods; assisting in preparing specifications and guides related to technical program data; preparing technical reports as it relates to engineering sites, facilities, equipment, and components; performing duties as providing project management services for infrastructure maintenance, construction, and improvements for diverse projects (.i.e. irrigation system, animal waste management system, runoff water control measures, sediment control structures, irrigation water reservoirs and distribution system, bioengineering work, and land grading jobs) .

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.

GS-13: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-12) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience such as performing duties that demonstrate ability applying comprehensive engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; producing detailed designs and provide advice on concrete and reinforcing designs (e.g. hydraulic designs, and soil and foundation mechanics); negotiate cost of minor changes with contractor representatives; and anticipate, evaluate, and resolve problems and issues affecting the quality, scheduling, budgeting, or progress of work performed in completing projects; etc.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.

GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-13) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Specialized experience is providing on-site assistance in resolving engineering problems such as difficult foundation conditions, challenging waste management systems, complex drainage and irrigation systems, etc.; interpreting technical policy, procedures, design criteria, payment schedules, standards and specifications for field office personnel and engineers of a lower grade; leading engineering surveys and soil mechanics investigations required for the planning, design, and construction of very complex engineering structures and systems implemented for natural resources programs; advising program management personnel involved in the development of the project requirements for complex services, construction and supplies.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.

GS-15: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-14) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Specialized experience is applying new developments and experienced judgement to solve novel or obscure problems; ability to extend and modify existing techniques; and developing new approaches for use by other technical experts in providing structurally sound an secure facilities and infrastructure; performing technical review of design calculations, analyses, drawings, and specifications; prepare project time schedules and costs estimates; and reviews system design calculations, costs estimates, analyses, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with project requirements.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0810 series can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/civil-engineering-series-0810/

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.

Education

Basic Requirement

Degree: 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.

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 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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.

  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

  • Related curriculum -- 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 bachelor's 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.)

This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements.

If selected, official transcripts may be requested.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


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