Mechanical Engineer (Deu-Mw)

Bureau Of Reclamation Boulder City , NV 89005

Posted 3 months ago



Reclamation is seeking a career professional Mechanical Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

LOCATION: This position is in the Lower Colorado Region, Engineering Services Office, Analysis and Design Mechanical/Electrical Group, Boulder City NV.

For living conditions visit: Boulder City is a short drive from the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.
Additional vacancies may be filled.


Serves as mechanical engineer with responsibility for preparation of plans, specifications and engineering estimates covering repairs, maintenance and improvements of mechanical equipment used for hydro-electric generation and water conveyance facilities.
Prepares preliminary design studies, design memoranda, final design calculations and plans, technical specification provisions and labor and material estimates.
Preconstruction design responsibilities consist of compiling information and design data to be utilized in creating final designs. Functions as the principle designer in the preparation of specifications to meet the Offices needs concerning mechanical designs. Recommends amendments to the specifications if the requirements to the specifications are incorrect, incomplete or are too restrictive for the equipment actually required.
Provides guidance to technical personnel involved in field tests such as governor maintenance and adjustments, vibration analysis, unit monitoring and testing after up rating, and/or installation of mechanical equipment.
Accomplishes inspection in the installation of enclosed motors, pumping plant auxiliary mechanical equipment, mechanical control, crane mechanical systems, heating and air-conditioning and ventilation systems, bearings, heat exchangers, valves, instrumentation, vibration, oil analysis, balancing, alignments, governors (tune up), wicket gates (physical), penstocks, waste water pipes, pumps and valve, flow measurements, strip chart recorders, dynamic signal analyzers, breakers, compressors and other contractor or Government-furnished mechanical materials. Checks methods used and materials furnished with specifications and other data to insure the adequacy and accuracy of the final installations. Secures corrective actions from contractor personnel on any deviations from standards or specifications.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship or National;
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
You must pass pre-employment physical; Applications accepted on-line;
See Qualifications; Transcripts required and meet Specialized Experience
If selected, required to file OGE Form 450-Financial Disclosure
Your resume must show months/years of employment and hours worked per week.
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Requirements:
Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelors 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.


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 -- 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 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.

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 in basic education requirements above.

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 bachelors 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.)
For more information on Basic Requirements for the Engineering Series, please .

GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as professional engineering experience designing, re-engineering, testing and modifying mechanical systems and equipment for powerplants, industrial facilities, utility systems, or military installations. Your resume must reflect experience improving safety, reliability and efficiency for powerplants; and must demonstrate experience in project management practices and techniques.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants 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.

Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For information visit: .
Pre-employment Physical: If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical is required. Periodic (annual or biennial) physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment.
Physical Demand: The work includes field and site work requiring walking, bending, climbing during frequent surveys and inspections of turbines, extended travel and exposure to extreme heat of the desert climate.
Work Environment: Work is performed both in an office and at active construction sites and includes surveys and evaluations of turbines require the employee to be exposed to hazardous conditions and chemicals, working around energized power lines, large machinery, and heavy equipment. Involves exposure to adverse weather conditions and noise, and some minor risks due to equipment movement, etc.
Financial Disclosure: If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty.
Drivers License/History: Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess a valid state drivers license. A driving history check is required.
Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.
Background Investigation/Security Clearance: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in this position. A background investigation will be required for all new hires AND current employees who are not currently covered by a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigationcommensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. Full time telework is not available.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: A recruitment or relocation incentive may be offered, however it is not guaranteed.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.

KSA 1: Knowledge of mechanical engineering concepts, principles, and practices to accomplish assignments involved with design, construction, installation, and testing of mechanical systems, equipment, and devices.
KSA 2: Ability to monitor mechanical construction projects of various scales (large, medium, or small), complex design, and from a project management perspective to ensure compliance with contract specifications and drawings.
KSA 3: Knowledge of other engineering disciplines to include electrical and mechanical to provide guidance in the installation, testing, and operation of mechanical equipment which integrates with other systems.
KSA 4: Knowledge of safety standards, guidelines, and procedures sufficient to ensure project and equipment compliance and safety of personnel.
KSA 5: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to evaluate alternatives and prepare final designs and cost estimates for the repair, replacement, and re-engineering of projects associated with hydroelectric power plant and water conveyance facilities.

Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Resume: For qualifications determinations, your resume MUST contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment in months and years. If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

The following link provides general resume formatting instructions: .

Transcript(s): You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, and you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required

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