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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa


This position serves as the General Engineer assisting the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Units under the general supervision of the Assistant Chief Engineer with direction provided by the Chief, Maintenance and Chief, Operations Sections.


Duties include, but are not limited to: Providing professional engineering support to all maintenance and operations activities. Determines requirements reconnaissance, location, and prepares designs, specifications, and estimates. 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. Provides professional advice to improve such plans, specifications, and analyses. Advises 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. Performs scheduling and layout of operations, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, and equipment used in construction. Prepares detailed cost estimates for use in obtaining project funding and bid evaluation. Reviews and evaluates shop drawings, samples and material certifications submitted by contractor for contract and performance requirements, recommending approval, rejection or receipt. Provides guidance, development and coordination for the planning, design, and oversight of maintenance projects. Reviews and evaluates shop drawings, samples and material certifications submitted by contractor for contract and performance requirements, recommending approval, rejection or receipt. Conducts and/or provides professional advisory services pertaining to the observation, examination, measurement, analysis, mapping and description of physical and cultural features and phenomena. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: General Engineer/PD30363

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/01/2020. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Basic Requirements:

The basic qualifications for this position are in the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: Education: Degree in Professional engineering (or higher). 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 the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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. OR Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 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 Written Test Specified Academic Courses Related Curriculum In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement (as indicated above), you must also possess the following specialized experience and or education:

GS-11: Specialized Experience: In additional to the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience may typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge/experience in preparing and administering project designs and layouts, specifications, and estimates; preparing original designs and preliminary/final layouts; performing surveys and investigations to establish baseline data necessary to initiate design, evaluate design objectives, perform technical calculations, and identify the most economical and efficient procedures; performing scheduling and layout of operations, and inspection and surveillance of materials, methods, safety and equipment used in construction; and providing professional advice to peers, non-professional administrators, or managers. OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree for the experience required for the GS-11 level. Transcripts Required. OR Combination of Education/Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

General EngineeringOral CommunicationPlanning and EvaluatingProblem SolvingTechnical CompetenceTechnology Application 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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: 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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.