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This position functions as a Project/Resident Engineer on delegated construction projects at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, Richmond, VA. The General Engineer is responsible for the engineering analysis, development, design of and the preparation of complete plans and specifications for new work and improvements.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages engineering design phases of complex construction, extension, alteration, demolition, maintenance and repair projects for the Medical Center;
  • Surveys the existing job conditions and confers with requesting medical center personnel to determine exact scope of project, phasing, impact on other medical services and other specific design requirements;
  • Performs electrical, mechanical, civil, and utility designs/layouts, complete with specifications;
  • Reviews A/E drawings for fire, safety, OSHA, and other external reviewing authority standards;
  • Develops and prepares cost estimates for competitive bidding for a variety of multiยญcomplex construction projects;
  • Checks and analyzes submitted drawings of contractors for completeness, correctness, and compliance with contract specifications and drawings;
  • Performs field surveys and investigations to collect data;
  • Studies contract plans and specifications;
  • Investigates a variety of construction problems;
  • Writes inspection reports, proposal requests, memos, and letters relating to the construction contracts;
  • Prepares and reviews monthly progress reports and processing payment estimates, reviewing and recommending approval of contractor's submittals and numerous other tasks involved in contract supervision and administration; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays, when required for project management and/or educational purposes.
Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer/ 02508A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized. Up to $10,000
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/16/2021.

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 GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level. 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. 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. 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified the following minimum educational requirements for this position: (PLEASE NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts or other supporting documents to verify your claim).

Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum 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.


A 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 demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

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 has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

Additional Experience: In addition to the basic requirement above, you must have specialized experience.

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized professional engineering experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Professional Engineering experience is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

Physical Requirement. The duties of the position require visits to all areas of the medical center environment. Physical agility and manual dexterity are essential in that the incumbent must be able to climb. lift, push, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, and work in close quarters during project inspections and gathering of project design information. Inspections of hazardous environments require the use of respirators and protective clothing. Incumbent spends a significant portion of each day conducting field inspections; may often be required to personally oversee delicate or dangerous work in the field for long hours each day, such as overhead crane work, confined space entry, excavation and trenching, and high voltage field connections.

Working Environment. The incumbent usually works indoors in an office environment, although there are frequent visits to construction sites. The incumbent is often required to work and conduct field inspections inside and outside, at high elevation {above 100 feet), such as: rooftops, roof-top HVAC equipment, antennae and satellite arrays, water towers, etc. Furthermore, the incumbent often works with confined space entry projects, such as: boiler projects, manholes for electric/water/sewer, underground storage tanks, and other safety-restricted areas. Inspections are conducted under buildings, and in areas which are often dirty, dusty, greasy, hot, cold, damp, and unsanitary. Inspections are performed in hazardous environments comprised of asbestos containing materials and lead paint. There is also potential exposure to high voltage, high noise levels, ultraviolet and x-ray radiation, and the possibility of broken bones, electrical shock, burns, cuts, and bruises.


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:

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Central Virginia VA Health Care System 1201 Broad Rock Blvd

A 23249 Richmond , United States