After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:
KSA 1 - Professional knowledge of a wide range of civil engineering concepts, theories, principles, and practices applicable to a broad range of engineering duties concerned with design and design data requirements for complex projects.
KSA 2 - Skills in applying computer software and programs, including CADD and/or AutoCAD, to perform design and drafting assignments.
KSA 3 - Ability to use personal computer and automated programs to develop, review, approve, or change construction documents, engineering designs, specifications, databases, schedules and reports.
KSA 4 - Ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external customers from various backgrounds and experiences.
Basic education requirement: A) Degree: professional engineering. 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.
B) 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 in accordance with the Qualification Standards set by OPM. Please use the following link in order to view the requirements: Engineering Requirements.
Selective Placement Factor: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
1) Have a valid state driver's license.
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.
In addition to the basic education and selective placement factor, to qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet one of the following:
Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Civil Engineer. At this level, experience examples include: performing professional engineering work in the coordination and review for survey, design, construction & maintenance of structures, roads, recreation facilities, public water systems, water control structures, storage facilities, range projects, bid draft review, & contract administrative overview. Establishing inspection requirements, schedules & control methods, and hazard reduction programs. OR Education: To qualify based on education you must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with coursework directly related to Civil Engineering. OR Combination of Graduate Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements if it has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. When substituting, you cannot use the first 54 semester hours that you earned.
Please see “Required Documents” of this announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.