As a Civil Engineer (Structural) at the GS-12 level; you will serve as a technical advisor for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division office with responsibility for managing and promoting the Federal highway programs applicable to bridges and other structures within the State. You will also coordinate and evaluate the structural programs and assist coworkers within the Division office in addressing technically complex or controversial issues on project specific applications related to structures.
The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned mid-career structural engineering professional with diverse experience in bridge design, bridge construction inspection, and bridge program management.
As a Civil Engineer (Structural) at the GS-13 level; you will serve as the Division Bridge Engineer in a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division office with responsibility for managing and promoting the Federal highway programs applicable to bridges and other structures within the State. You will also coordinate and evaluate the structural programs and assist coworkers within the Division office in addressing technically complex or controversial issues on project specific applications related to structures.
The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned mid-career structural engineering professional with project management experience in bridge design, bridge construction inspection, and bridge program management.
PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.
Serving as a Civil Engineer (Structural) you will:
- Evaluate and promote improvements in the State’s administration of Federal programs for bridges and structures and encourage the use of enhanced planning, design, and construction, preservation, inspection and maintenance practices for structures.
- Provide oversight of State compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and recommend improvements.
- Participate in maintaining and conducting an oversight program for bridges and structures under design and construction and coordinate with responsible Division staff and State representatives.
- Play a key role in reviewing structural plans for suitability of structural adequacy, economy, safety, aesthetics, hydraulics, foundation, and overall concept. Perform construction reviews/inspections and evaluate and render a decision relative to the State’s proposed remedial actions, making recommendations associated therewith.
Occasional travel - Some travel is required.
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Job family (Series)
0810 Civil Engineering
- Bridge Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Construction Engineers
- Engineers, Bridge
- Engineers, Civil
- Engineers, Construction
Conditions of Employment
- You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
- Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
- Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
- Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FHWA.FO-2018-0234.
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.
- DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for 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:
1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 more specifics, please see 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
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
To qualify for the GS-12 , you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include performing work such as or related to ONE OR MORE of the following:
- Experience developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E)packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND inspecting bridges under construction.
- Experience developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E)packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND inspecting in-service bridges using National Bridge Standards (NBIS).
- Experience developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E)packages for bridges related to transportation projects AND assessing compliance of bridge condition inspections with National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).
To qualify for the GS-13 , you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include performing work such as or related to ALL of the following :
- Experience developing and/or evaluating the quality of plans, specifications, and estimates for bridges related to transportation projects; AND inspecting bridges under construction; AND
- Experience inspecting in-service bridge conditions; AND
- Experience with compliance of bridge condition inspections with National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).
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.
For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4
Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.
Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .