• Job Announcement

    Job Title:General Engineer

    Department:General Services Administration

    Agency:Public Buildings Service

    Job Announcement Number:1509008EEDE


    $75,603.00 to $106,955.00 / Per Year


    Thursday, October 23, 2014 to Thursday, November 6, 2014




    Full-time – Permanent




    1 vacancy – Los Angeles, CA View Map
    1 vacancy – San Diego, CA View Map
    1 vacancy – San Francisco, CA View Map


    All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


    Public Trust – Background Investigation




    About the Agency

    GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in the Federal Government’.

    As a General Engineer, you will be serving as an engineer with emphasis on overall construction management and administration of all construction work performed by contractors/subcontractors for assigned projects.

    This position is located in the Public Buildings Service, Office of the Regional Commissioner, Design and Construction Division.

    This position will be filled in one of the following locations:

    San Diego ($75,603 – $98,281 per year)

    San Francisco ($82,275 – $106,955 per year)

    Los Angeles ($77,411 – $100,632)

    GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

    • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
    • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules and teleworker
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Training and development

    At this time we are only filling one vacancy, however additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed.

    This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 1509007EEMP under Merit Promotion regulations. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion Procedures. Note: You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


    • 50% or Greater
    • This position requires frequent travel.


    • No


    • U.S. Citizenship or National
    • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)


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    • Responsible for overall construction management and administration of all construction and construction management work performed by contractors/subcontractors for assigned projects.
    • Provides input on various phases and stages of construction schedules, costs and budgetary analyses, and constructability reviews for design documents.
    • Evaluates construction objectives and identifies the optimal procedures for renovation and construction.
    • Conducts site investigations to determine feasibility, topography, and site configuration or condition of structure, and essential data prior to initiating design. Administers repair and alteration type A/E contracts as well as major alteration and new construction contracts and recommends approval or rejection of all or parts of the proposals. Confers with contractors to resolve any problems.
    • Assists in administering of construction projects and makes recommendations to contracting officers concerning contract modifications. Issues technical recommendations for contract interpretations, clarifications, directives, for contract documents, or as required by the Contracting Officer.
    • Represents the Design and Construction Division, assigned branch as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR/COR) for executing contract actions in accordance with authorized limits.
    • Interprets construction plans and specifications for GSA; oversees quality assurance inspection, testing, and approval of construction materials, equipment, and workmanship. Maintains awareness of submits and shop drawing responses and schedule. Responds to GSA issues for Requests for Information (RFI’s) and submits.
    • Inspects construction operations for compliance with the intent of the plans and specifications. Rejects work not in compliance and takes action to generate corrective actions.
    • Completes progress payments and other reports to detail the work progress in relation to schedule, inspections, testing, relationships between contractor, architect (A/E), construction manager (CM), clients, and GSA, labor issues affecting the project, and potential disputes and claims.
    • Resolves potential disputes in a timely manner to maintain schedule and cost. Motivates contractor to perform cooperatively. Investigates and reports on situations in dispute. Documents the Government position for issues.
    • Coordinates construction operations with contractors, other agencies, utility companies, clients, and keeps everyone updated.


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    Carefully read A through G which states the various ways to meet the basic eligibility requirements for all engineering positions:
    A) Degree: Professional Engineering.
    B) Degree: Professional Engineering including differential & integral calculus & courses (more advanced than 1st yr. physics & chemistry) in 5 of the following areas: statics, dynamics; strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields & circuits; nature & properties of material (relating to particle & aggregate structure to properties) & any other comparable area of engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
    C) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
    D) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by successfully passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination.
    E) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences & techniques, and their applications to one of the branches of engineering, evidenced by successfully passing the written test administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, D.C., Guam or Puerto Rico.
    F) College level education, training and/or technical experience — evidenced by successful completion of at least 60 semester hrs. of courses in the physical, mathematical, & engineering sciences & in engineering that included the courses specified in Option B above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.
    G) College level education, training & or technical experience evidenced by successful completion of a curriculum leading a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), AND at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision & guidance.

    In addition to the basic requirements stated above you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience which demonstrates applied knowledge of engineering practices and principles to perform construction management and provide project oversight and guidance involving construction of new facilities and major repair, renovation, and modernization of buildings and facilities. This experience must involve the review and analysis of project work to identify effective and efficient engineering solutions and to ensure compliance with engineering principles and contract requirements.
    You must meet the education requirements listed in the Qualifications Section. A degree in professional engineering or the equivalents described must be possessed by qualified applicants. Transcripts must be submitted.

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
    • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
    • Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
    • Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
    • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


    The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans’ preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans’ preference.

    You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Knowledge of professional engineering principles, concepts and practices.
    • Knowledge of project management practices.
    • Knowledge of A/E contract administration.
    • Knowledge of construction management.
    • Ability to review and evaluate a wide range of drawings, samples, certificates of compliance, laboratory analyses, paint certifications and material proposals.
    • Ability to draw conclusions from inspections and identify deficiencies.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
    • Ability to negotiate and resolve disputes.

    A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

    If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP

    To preview questions please click here.


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    You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure/federal_employ/index.asp


    Bargaining Unit status: AFGE Professional

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.


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    You must submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. A description of the online process is provided below. For more information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visitApplying for a GSA Job.

    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. Once you have completed this step, select “Apply for this Position Now!”
    2. Complete your personal information within GSAjobs. Once you’ve been redirected to GSA’s automated system, follow the prompts to create, review, or update your personal information. This information is used to determine your eligibility to apply for this position so be sure that it is up to date.
    3. Respond to all of the vacancy specific questions.
    4. Submit any required documents. A “Vacancy Documents” page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Review the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which apply to you. You may choose one of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload; USAJOBS, or FAX. We strongly recommend you read the “Fax Instructions” provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
    5. Respond to any Additional Assessment Questions. If you are presented with additional assessment questions, be sure to respond to them or you may not be considered.
    6. Click the “FINISH’ button. Finally, you’ll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your application by selecting the ‘Save PDF’ button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE ‘FINISH’ BUTTON to complete and submit your application.

    Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.


    Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.

    ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating.

    Veterans: In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment. If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form.

    Active Duty Military Personnel – In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. This document must include rank, dates of active duty service, and type of discharge.

    College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If slected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See OPM’s General Policies for information on crediting education.

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