Civil Engineer Highway Direct Hire Job

Vacancy No. FHWA.FO-2020-0108 Department Federal Highway Administration
Salary $64,009.00 to $115,251.00 Grade 11 to 12
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/9/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
JUNEAU, AKMONTGOMERY, ALLITTLE ROCK, ARPHOENIX, AZ
LOS ANGELES, CASACRAMENTO, CAGOLDEN, COGLASTONBURY, CT
WASHINGTON, DCDOVER, DEORLANDO, FLTALLAHASSEE, FL
ATLANTA, GAHONOLULU, HIAMES, IABOISE, ID
SPRINGFIELD, ILINDIANAPOLIS, INTOPEKA, KSFRANKFORT, KY
BATON ROUGE, LACAMBRIDGE, MABALTIMORE, MDAUGUSTA, ME
LANSING, MISAINT PAUL, MNJEFFERSON CITY, MOJACKSON, MS
HELENA, MTRALEIGH, NCBISMARCK, NDLINCOLN, NE
CONCORD, NHTRENTON, NJSANTA FE, NMCARSON CITY, NV
ALBANY, NYCOLUMBUS, OHOKLAHOMA CITY, OKSALEM, OR
HARRISBURG, PAPROVIDENCE, RICOLUMBIA, SCPIERRE, SD
NASHVILLE, TNAUSTIN, TXSALT LAKE CITY, UTRICHMOND, VA
MONTPELIER, VTOLYMPIA, WAMADISON, WICHARLESTON, WV
CHEYENNE, WY


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 03/09/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11 - 12

  • Salary

    $64,009 to $115,251 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules - Full Time & Part Time schedules depending on location

Locations

Many vacancies in the following locations:

  • Juneau, AK
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Lakewood, CO
  • Glastonbury, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Dover, DE
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Ames, IA
  • Boise, ID
  • Springfield, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Topeka, KS
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Augusta, ME
  • Lansing, MI
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Jackson, MS
  • Helena, MT
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Bismarck, ND
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Concord, NH
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Carson City, NV
  • Albany, NY
  • Columbus, OH
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Salem, OR
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Columbia, SC
  • Pierre, SD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Richmond, VA
  • Montpelier, VT
  • Olympia, WA
  • Madison, WI
  • Charleston, WV
  • Cheyenne, WY
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation expenses may be authorized.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position. The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

Announcement number

FHWA.FO-2020-0108

Control number

561837400

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The employee assists in managing and promoting assigned Federal highway programs within the State or, as a shared resource, in multiple states.  Provides engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery of Federal aid infrastructure projects within the state (s).  Exercises approval authority in line with Division delegations of authority.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Civil Engineer (Highway) at the full performance level, you will:

    • Serves as a key technical advisor in meetings, telephone contacts, public hearings, field reviews, and visits with State DOT officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies regarding assigned program areas and in assisting in the implementation of leadership initiatives.  Communicates and applies Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal aid projects within the State DOT project development process.
    • Monitors highway and other infrastructure improvements to determine if they are constructed to a desired quality and whether Federal aid construction funds are being expended in a manner consistent with applicable Federal laws and regulations.
    • Participates in assessments State programs for effectiveness and compliance. Provides to partners recommendations for performance and operational improvements and guidance on corrective actions.
    • Provide review of projects in accordance with the Division’s risk-based stewardship and oversight plan.  This may include review of plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) for appropriate application of design standards and criteria, conformance with policy and regulations, eligibility for Federal participation, traffic safety features, reasonableness of estimated unit prices, fulfillment of requirements from the transportation planning and NEPA process, and proper standard an special specifications and contract provisions.
    • Participates in and contributes to Division program management activity including development of stewardship and oversight plans, conducting risk assessments, development of strategic operations and business plans, promotion of the implementation of a performance-based planning and programming process to partner agencies, and identification and tracking of performance measures and the associated reporting process.

    The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-career engineer with experience monitoring Federally funded highway programs or delivering highway projects from initial scoping through construction support and maintenance; and experience conveying ideas and concepts in meetings and discussions, and in writing.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0810 Civil Engineering

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
    • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
    • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
    • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

    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: Applicants 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.

    Qualifications

    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. Please review the following information for the details: 

    (1) 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 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. 

    AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade you wish to apply to:

    To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include:

    • Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods.


     To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:

    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience.  This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.  

    To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:

    • Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods; AND
    • Experience in consultation with others, developing alternatives and helping to resolve engineering issues or conflicts that arise with processes or outcomes.

    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.

    Education

    Please see the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education requirements.

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you are hired for this position; you will not receive additional consideration from 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.

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

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

    This announcement establishes an open continuous (12 month) Standing Register for Civil Engineer (Highway) positions.  This Register will be used to fill Civil Engineer positions as they become vacant.  Duty locations will vary.  The difference in the salary at the GS-11/12 levels is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ 

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. 

    Applicants will not be rated or ranked.  Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.

    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    A USAJobs built resume is required to apply

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. Formatted resumes can be uploaded when you arrive at the DOT application system. For assistance with the resume builder, please visit:  https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/


    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  

    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED.  The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. Provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.  

    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy and provide all of the following documents:  

    • your most recent performance appraisal,
    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

     
    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at:  Transjobs@dot.gov

    Agency contact information Automated Staffing Office Automated Staffing Office
    Phone

    000-000-0000

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

    Address

    DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
    Submit Application and Documents Online
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
    Washington, District of Columbia 20590
    United States
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    Next steps

    As needed, a Human Resources Specialist will issue certificate(s), or list(s) of applications, which will then be forwarded to the selecting official for further consideration. At this point, you may check online to see if your application was referred by logging into USAJOBS and clicking on "Applications."

    From this point on the selecting official determines all aspects of the hiring process. If they wish to contact you for an interview or for hire, they will do so directly. Otherwise, when a selection is made, we will update your application status online and the Human Resources Specialist for the vacancy will notify you by email.

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