Civil Engineer (Highway Design) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Federal Highway Administration

Job Description

Summary

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has Civil Engineer (Design) positions available in the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) in Vancouver, Washington. Projects occur primarily on Federal Lands managed by other Federal agencies (e.g., National Park Service & U.S. Forest Service) & include multi-state areas.

This establishes an open continuous, NTE 6 months, vacancy announcement for Civil Engineer (Highway Design). Applications will be reviewed on an as needed basis.

Responsibilities

As a Civil Engineer (Highway Design) at the mid-level, you will: Develops the design and monitor the budget and schedule for assigned projects and has responsibility for the project from initial scoping through construction support. Manages workload by setting and adjusting short-term priorities, as required, to meet changing project needs and information.

Generates and evaluates geometric design alternatives and develops sound design concepts. Assesses the impact of standard exceptions/compromises to established engineering principles and practices and conceptualizes acceptable design exceptions and mitigation strategies, as necessary, to meet customer needs.

Develops plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) packages that clearly define the work, are biddable, and emphasize context sensitivity, safety, and constructability. Identifies appropriate bid items, performs quantity computations for all facets of highway design, and develops summary tables for project plans and price estimates for all work items for assigned projects. Prepares appropriate design documentation, provides quality control reviews on PS&Es prepared by other designers.

Interprets, applies, and communicates the laws, regulations, policies and guidance related to highway design. Assists in the development of plans for accomplishing business objectives and implementing quality initiatives, including assisting in the formulation and establishment of policies, standards, guidelines, and priorities for team operations.

Identifies, recommends, and/or uses appropriate technologies for gathering data during PS&E development. Improves the quality of highway design work through the use of new technologies and process improvements. Collaborates with internal staff and outside agencies.

Ensures financial accountability and management of funds for assigned projects. Reviews and updates project work steps, resources, and budget as required. Projects involve critical engineering constraints, strong public interest, environmental or other constraints, and many specialty design items and/or critical time frames. The employee applies technical expertise in highway design to address context-sensitivity, sustainability, and livability issues, including safety, economics, environmental issues, and impacts to local landowners. At the senior level, mentors, trains, and assists in the distribution of project work tasks to other designers on the team and assists in quality control on design work products.

The ideal candidate is a design engineer with experience working both independently and with multidisciplinary teams in developing, monitoring, and adhering to the design, budget, and schedule for assigned roadway construction projects, providing technical assistance from initial scoping through construction support, and addressing design engineering issues with a wide range of external contacts.

RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE MAY BE OFFERED TO SELECTEE(S) OF THIS POSITION.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must meet specialized experience to qualify for each grade.

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

Applicable documents are required for the Mandatory Education requirements.

You must be a U.S. Citizen and eligible for consideration

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: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures 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.

If recruitment incentive is offered, selectee will be required to sign a service agreement.

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for each grade. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:

(1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to 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: Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).

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 which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A 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 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 additional information, 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 purposes.

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

(3) Qualifications:

To determine which grade(s) you are eligible for, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.

For theGS-07:

OnExperience,you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level,which included: Experience assisting design engineers performing simple projects or portions of projects, such as developing Plans Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) packages or performing quantity computations, and

Experience applying mathematical, physical science, and engineering practices. Or onEducation,you must have at least 1 year of graduate-level educationORsuperior academic achievement.

You can also have acombinationof graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

For theGS-09:

OnExperience,you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level,which included: Experience as a design engineer performing a variety of highway design activities such as,developing portions of Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) packages, identifyingappropriate bid items, performing quantity computations, developing summary tables forproject plans and price estimates, selecting and assembling special contract requirements(SCRs), or developing critical path diagrams for determination of construction contracttime. Or onEducation,you must have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.

You can also have acombinationof graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. For all types of consideration,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.

Education

See the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education Requirements.

Additional Information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.This announcement will be opened continuously for 6 months. Given our continuing need for professionals in this field, we will routinely review applications and refer candidates for potential interviews multiple times during the open period of the announcement. Following these dates, we will contact qualified applicants to schedule interviews. We will give equal consideration to all applications we receive.

This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.

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