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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer in Northport, New York

General Engineer

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Northport VA Medical Center
Overview
  • ##### Open & closing dates

09/02/2019 to 12/31/2019

  • ##### Service

Competitive

  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 7 - 11

  • ##### Salary

$48,375 to $93,077 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location

-

Northport, NY Few vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

- Duties
Summary

The incumbent functions as a Project Engineer, assigned to the Office of the Chief, Engineering Service. He/she is responsible for managing all facets of the design and construction activities for the Northport VA Medical Center. The incumbent will integrate new and existing Medical Center projects with the VAMC Energy Manager and GEMS Coordinator to ensure compliance and conformance with the current and new Energy Conservation and Environmental initiatives on a local, VISN and national basis.

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Responsibilities

**Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Performs Planning/ Design Work:** Determines requirements, reconnaissance, location, and prepares designs, specifications and estimates. Applies a broad knowledge of methods, precedents, and standards to significantly diverse and intense work complexities. Work complexities require not only adaptation or modification of precedents but a versatile and innovative approach to solve problems where serious conflicts exist between management requirements and engineering principles. Performs or directs surveys and investigations to establish baseline data necessary to initiate design, Evaluates baseline data and incorporates salient factors into design considerations and solutions. Evaluates design objectives, performs complex technical calculations, identifies most economical and efficient procedures for project design and performance considering all influences.

Provides Professional Engineering/Architectural Advice:Provides professional advice to peers, subordinates or non-professional administrators or managers. Reviews or directs the review of plans, specifications, and analyses of design as submitted by subordinate engineers. Provides professional advice to improve such plans, specifications and analyses. Directs necessary changes and furnishes assistance required. Advises subordinate personnel on methods and procedures to be used in special studies on highly complex projects. Provides professional oversight and/or project management for construction or maintenance efforts. Incumbent must be knowledgeable in the areas of Professional Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering degree preferred) practices involving construction, energy applications, planning, cost factors and standard construction trade practices.

Performs Construction Administration Work:Performs scheduling and layout of operations, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, and equipment used in construction. Plans specific objectives for the program, including. required innovations and improvisations. Prepares detailed cost estimates for use in obtaining project funding and bid evaluation. Prepares correspondence, technical reports, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project assignments. Consults with contractor personnel to resolve difficult and complex unforeseen problems and latent conditions developing during construction. Prepares sketches or changes drawings and specifications solving the problem and incorporates these change documents in to the contract performance documents. Reviews and evaluates shop drawings, samples and material certifications submitted by contractor for contract and performance requirements, recommending approval, rejection or receipt.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer/PD#2908A, PD#2907A, PD#2906A Physical Requirements: The work requires periods of walking, climbing, and inspections in cramped spaces. At times incumbent is exposed to high places and scaffolding. Work at times in "hard hat" areas. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

  • #### Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:1. 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

2. 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), 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. (Copy of current registration required) - 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 paragraph 1. - 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.)

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following:

GS-7 LEVEL GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience: Must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent next lower grade (GS-5) that equipped you 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. Specialized experience includes: professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principals, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the design, layout, and construction of facilities; knowledge in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or functions related to engineering; and knowledge of A/E contract procedures.

OR

GS-7 Education: Must have successfully completed 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

**OR

GS-7 Combination:** Must have successfully completed an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above.

GS-9 LEVEL GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

Specialized Experience: Must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent next lower grade (GS-7) that equipped you 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. Specialized experience includes: professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principals, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the design, layout, and construction of facilities; knowledge in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or functions related to engineering; knowledge of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering concept, principals, and methods applicable to varied and complex facilities engineering assignments; knowledge of construction methods, procedures, and materials including procedures and standards of medical center construction; and knowledge of A/E contract procedures.

OR

GS-9 Education: Must have successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

**OR

GS-9 Combination:** Must have successfully completed an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above.

**GS-11 LEVEL GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

Specialized Experience:* Must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent next lower grade (GS-9) that equipped you 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. Specialized experience includes: professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principals, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the design, layout, and construction of facilities; knowledge in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or functions related to engineering; knowledge of Codes, NFPA Guidelines, JCAHO Standards, OSHA/EPA regulations, and policies which effect facility operations and construction; knowledge of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering concept, principals, and methods applicable to varied and complex facilities engineering assignments; knowledge of construction methods, procedures, and materials including procedures and standards of medical center construction; knowledge to adapt standard practices and designs to local trade practices and materials; knowledge of government contracting procedures, regulations, and guidelines; broad understanding of state and local jurisdiction over the use of land and natural resources, the construction of facilities and utilities, and the distribution of utilities services; and knowledge of A/E contract procedures*.

OR

GS-11 Education:* Must have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree*.

OR

GS-11 Combination:** Must have successfully completed an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

- Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript

Documents Required: - Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/31/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10587929.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

Agency contact information
Devendra Sankar
Phone

631-261-4400

Email

DEVENDRA.SANKAR@VA.GOV

Address

Northport VA Medical Center 79 Middleville Road Building 200 Northport, NY 11768 US

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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