Civil Engineer (Highway) Direct Hire

US Department Of Transportation Helena , MT 59624

Posted 3 weeks ago

  • Duties

Help

Duties

Summary

The employee assists in managing and promoting assigned Federal highway programs within the State or, as a shared resource, in multiple states. Provides engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery of Federal aid infrastructure projects within the state (s). Exercises approval authority in line with Division delegations of authority.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

As a Civil Engineer (Highway) at the full performance level, you will:

  • Serves as a key technical advisor in meetings, telephone contacts, public hearings, field reviews, and visits with State DOT officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies regarding assigned program areas and in assisting in the implementation of leadership initiatives. Communicates and applies Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal aid projects within the State DOT project development process.

  • Monitors highway and other infrastructure improvements to determine if they are constructed to a desired quality and whether Federal aid construction funds are being expended in a manner consistent with applicable Federal laws and regulations.

  • Participates in assessments State programs for effectiveness and compliance. Provides to partners recommendations for performance and operational improvements and guidance on corrective actions.

  • Provide review of projects in accordance with the Division's risk-based stewardship and oversight plan. This may include review of plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) for appropriate application of design standards and criteria, conformance with policy and regulations, eligibility for Federal participation, traffic safety features, reasonableness of estimated unit prices, fulfillment of requirements from the transportation planning and NEPA process, and proper standard an special specifications and contract provisions.

  • Participates in and contributes to Division program management activity including development of stewardship and oversight plans, conducting risk assessments, development of strategic operations and business plans, promotion of the implementation of a performance-based planning and programming process to partner agencies, and identification and tracking of performance measures and the associated reporting process.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-career engineer with experience monitoring Federally funded highway programs or delivering highway projects from initial scoping through construction support and maintenance; and experience conveying ideas and concepts in meetings and discussions, and in writing.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional travel is required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

  • Job family (Series)

0810 Civil Engineering

  • Requirements

Help

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date

  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.

  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements. Please review the following information for the details:

(1) MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR

B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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:

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

2.Written Test

  • 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.

3.Specified academic courses

  • Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.

4.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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

For more specifics, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf.

(2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification.

AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade you wish to apply to:

To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include:

  • Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:

  • Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods; AND
  • Experience in consultation with others, developing alternatives and helping to resolve engineering issues or conflicts that arise with processes or outcomes.

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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Please see the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education requirements.


icon no score

See how you match
to the job

Find your dream job anywhere
with the LiveCareer app.
Mobile App Icon
Download the
LiveCareer app and find
your dream job anywhere
App Store Icon Google Play Icon
lc_ad

Boost your job search productivity with our
free Chrome Extension!

lc_apply_tool GET EXTENSION

Similar Jobs

Want to see jobs matched to your resume? Upload One Now! Remove
Bituminous Civil Engineering Specialist 40085

State Of Montana

Posted 6 days ago

VIEW JOBS 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM 2020-06-30T00:00 Job Overview: This position is responsible for the oversight of the Departments Bituminous Materials Program. Major duties include managing the Profiler Calibration program, coordination and oversight of bituminous materials and mix design testing protocols, project review, and aiding HQ, District, and Construction personnel in all matters related to bituminous materials and construction practices. This position is also responsible for conducting professional bituminous engineering research and analysis and developing processes to implement new technologies, materials, and construction practices into the program. The incumbent evaluates project plans and provisions; establishes guidelines, procedures, and parameters for evaluation of current bituminous quality assurance testing and mix design verification practices. Provides advanced technical assistance to a variety of individuals, contractors, and consultants involved with ongoing road construction and maintenance projects; and performs other duties as assigned in support of the Department goals and Division objectives. The incumbent reports to the Testing Operations Supervisor, Physical Test Engineer and Materials Engineer. Essential Functions: Bituminous Material and Plant Mix Program Evaluation and Oversight This position is responsible for evaluating and overseeing various aspects of the Department's bituminous materials program as well as serving as the Departments subject matter expert related to bituminous materials. This program includes materials such as asphalt binders, aggregates, emulsified asphalts, plant mix additives, recycled materials, etc., and also finished products such as microsurfacing, plant mix surfacing, seal coats, and cold and hot in-place recycled pavements. The incumbent is also responsible for evaluating paving and construction practices, testing procedures, acceptance criteria, plans and specifications, and based on that information, incorporating best practices into the Department's plant mix materials program and ensuring statewide consistency. This includes developing and implementing complex sampling and testing protocols statewide for various bituminous materials. The position: * Designs, develops, and implements testing programs that ensure all components and processes affecting bituminous materials and mixtures meet industry standards and quality criteria. This includes testing protocol for mix design and project level quality assurance. * Reviews engineering designs, specifications, standards, and contract administration policies related to bituminous materials to develop recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Also, the position evaluates inspection practices to keep them current with material and industry standards. This involves research and assessment of professional standards and industry developments, assessing past project experience and contractor input, and developing new standards based on input from a broad range of MDT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and national experts. * Provides engineering oversight and guidance to Districts and design staff on bituminous material requirements to identify how they relate to project needs and activities. This involves conducting research into project alternatives and requirements to develop responses and identify suitable product or service alternatives that may be more cost-effective. * Evaluates and analyzes test results, completed pavements, and other sources of information in an attempt to identify trends or areas to improve practices or improve quality relative to bituminous mixes or the component ingredients. * Researches and develops specifications for various bituminous materials and related construction practices. Works closely with Construction and Specifications sections to develop and implement new specifications. The position also relies on nationwide contacts through the FHWA, other state agencies, and industry to develop and implement mixture design and acceptance processes or refinements. * Oversees and evaluates material testing and certifications while documenting pertinent information to ensure accuracy, completeness, and the required level of compliance with contract plans, specifications, and quality assurance measures. * Coordinates and leads pavement industry meetings with contractors, consultants, MCA, and other industry professionals. Presents information to industry to keep them abreast of new technologies and changes the Department may consider implementing. Analyzes, compiles, and presents annual test data and disincentive/incentive information to industry. Acts a liaison between industry and MDT for all bituminous material related topics. * Evaluates assigned projects through field reviews during bituminous operations and provides professional and technical assistance to department staff and contractors to ensure compliance with established policies, regulations, plans, and project specifications. * Coordinates with construction personnel, district lab personnel, materials engineers and design personnel to conduct investigations of actual or potential construction materials deficiencies during bituminous surfacing phases as necessary to rectify deficiencies. This includes coordinating forensic analysis/testing, reporting on findings, and recommending corrective and/or acceptance actions. * Serves on and contributes to claims avoidance and claims teams when subject matter expertise is required related to bituminous materials. * Serves on a variety of materials committees relative to bituminous materials to stay abreast of the latest research and technologies emerging nationwide. Provides feedback on MDT's experiences involving new technologies and communicates MDT's concerns with emerging technologies. Fosters effective communications and establishes critical contacts with leaders in developing technologies. * Attends and reports on various national meetings relative to bituminous materials including Rocky Mountain Asphalt User/Producer group, Western Cooperative Test Group, Asphalt Institute, etc. Works in close contact with nationally recognized experts within these groups to incorporate research, technology, best practices, specifications, etc. into MDT's bituminous materials program. * Provide bituminous material related training to department personnel through different means such as hands-on instruction, presentations, contracting industry experts, etc. Ensure that all training objectives are proactively managed to meet compliance and regulatory requirements. Bituminous Material and Plant Mix Testing Program Coordination This position coordinates efforts of laboratory testing throughout the state including district/area labs and multiple labs within the Helena Materials Bureau. This includes gathering, compiling, reviewing, analyzing, and distributing important information related to MDTs bituminous materials program. It is done in a concerted effort to document and ensure applicable, accurate, time sensitive, and project critical information is made available to all parties involved through the life of a project. This position: * Ensures all necessary documentation and materials are submitted for detailed mix design review and verification. This includes close coordination and communication with contractors and field, district/area, and HQ staff to ensure chain of custody, proper line of communication, and representative materials all meet established Department policies, plans, and specifications. * Reviews documentation, test results, and materials certifications related to mix design submittals to verify all material and design properties conform to applicable project plans and specifications. The incumbent is responsible for all coordination and communication related to mix design testing, acceptance/rejection, and related information including relaying appropriate timelines and test results to project staff and industry. * Coordinates, oversees, and, evaluates assigned research projects. This includes working with various laboratories within the Department to execute a testing regime efficiently and effectively in order to produce accurate and dependable results. * Coordinates and oversees laboratory mix design and quality assurance/acceptance testing (Hamburg) based on a multitude of factors including, effect on traveling public, project criticality, intended use, arrival date, etc. The incumbent must possess thorough knowledge of MDT's specifications related to bituminous mix design and acceptance protocols including specified deadlines. * Identifies, troubleshoots, and communicates any possible testing deficiencies within the program including sampling, preparing, and testing bituminous materials. * Serves as the main point of contact for all questions and communication of test results originating from the Mix Design laboratory for field and district personnel such as consensus properties, production Hamburg's, and forensic analysis's. * Oversees and evaluates overall work flow, priorities, and procedures related to bituminous materials and monitors progress through meetings and consultations. Conducts meetings, disseminates data, and promotes information exchange to support and advance the goals and objectives of the laboratories. Manage MDT's Ride/Profiler Program This position manages, coordinates, and oversees administration of MDT's ride program. This program effects contractors pay through incentive/disincentive in the interest of providing the traveling public with superior riding surfaces. Managing this program involves researching current technologies and specifications, coordinating profiler equipment calibration and operator training, and identifying and implementing program, test method, and specification revisions. The position: * Requires thorough knowledge of Inertial Profiler equipment, reference standards (Surpro), software, and specifications related to ride quality. The incumbent requires the ability to train District staff calibration and maintenance procedures, proficiency in software operation, proper interpretation of data, and proper execution of applicable specifications. * Coordinates and schedules venue and dates for equipment calibration and operator certification. Requires communication with all 5 districts in order to efficiently and cost effectively calibrate equipment and certify operators. The incumbent must also coordinate with MDT Survey, maintenance staff, and calibration site owners to properly prepare and maintain calibration surface. * Works with equipment manufacturers routinely to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair any malfunctioning equipment and/or software. Requires working with reference standard manufacturers to establish calibration master curves. * Oversees purchases and is the point of contact for all parts and services needed to properly maintain equipment and calibration site. Records and reports expenses in order to properly project a budget for the program year to year. This requires working in conjunction with District Supervisors to determine where fiscal responsibility falls. * Routinely works with District staff to analyze and validate quality assurance test results and troubleshoot any encountered issues. Aides in communicating and recording any anomalies in test results to ensure quality assurance incentive/disincentive is properly applied to contracts. Minimum Qualifications: The required knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Technology, or an applicable related degree. This position requires a minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in materials lab testing, highway or pavement design, or roadway construction with at least 2 years involving testing, mix design, or construction of plant mix or bituminous materials. Certifications, licensure, or other credentials include: Proof of passage of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE) is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Montana is preferred. Alternative qualifications include: A Master's degree may be considered as a partial substitute for work experience eon a case-by-case basis. Other Important Information: The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. For a full copy of the job description, please contact MDT Human Resources. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program, our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace. Only electronic applications will be accepted. All required additional materials must be submitted by midnight on the closing date. If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact your local job service. If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office at MDT. All documents required for establishing preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents. If the successful candidate has passed the FE and holds current EIT Certification or PE Licensure, he/she will be hired as non-union. If the successful candidate has passed their FE but does not hold current EIT certification or PE Licensure, he/she will be part of the MFPE (formerly MPEA) union. Depending on the successful applicant's qualifications, this may be an MFPE (formerly MPEA) union position. This position is being posted in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement. Non-bargaining unit employees, or employees of another bargaining unit, may apply. If the position is not filled with a bargaining unit applicant, the non-bargaining unit applicants may be considered. However, bargaining unit applicants will have preference. The Montana Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Women and minorities are underrepresented and are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406.444.6054. State Of Montana Helena MT

Civil Engineer (Highway) Direct Hire

US Department Of Transportation