Civil Engineer - Structural (0810)

Department Of Transportation Denver, CO
* Duties

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This position is located in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Central Federal Lands Division Office and Serves as a senior level structural engineer developing, promoting, and applying sound design, plan development, construction support, and maintenance for the structural components of Federal Lands Highway projects. As a technical resource to the Structures Office, other agency professionals, agency officials, field employees, and private A/E firms, the employee provides structures support over the life of the project from preliminary planning through construction for Federal Lands Highway projects. The projects occur primarily on Federal lands managed by other Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, and cover a multi- state area. Work encompasses the design and repair of a wide variety/range of structures and the application of advanced structural theories, state of the art technology, and innovative structural construction techniques. As delegated, serves as a lead designer for the project.

The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned mid-career structural engineer with experience independently and effectively working in multi-disciplinary teams; providing bridge design services as well as developing or leading the development of Plans,Specifications, and Estimates packages; and using CADD and design software programs in detailing structures.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.

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As a Civil Engineer (Structural), you will:

* Interpret and apply relevant structural codes and guidelines for design, construction, testing, and maintenance of structures, including seismic design and retrofit; determine structural design parameters; design approved structures using appropriate mathematical analysis for loading

* Develop Plans, Specifications & Estimates (PS&E) for bridges and other highway structures that comply with FLH Bridge Design Manual, AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, AASHTO Construction Specifications, and other appropriate standards and

* Use MicroStation, CADD, and structural analysis computer programs/software to design structures.

* Use advanced analysis including concrete, steel and prestressed concrete design for both new construction and rehabilitation to address project needs.

* Use the most current technologies, standards, and practices in the development of projects.

* Provide technical assistance in the review of structures construction submittals or proposals, issue resolution, and field support.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

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* Job family (Series)

0810 Civil Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must have status and meet specialized experience.

* Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

* Provide all required documents by closing date.

* Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FHWA.CFL-2018-0045.


* SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

* DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

* GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.


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 either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


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


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

* Experience providing engineering design support services to a project team in the development of structures or structural components for highway improvement projects such as culverts, bridge superstructures, bridge substructures, short single span bridges,

and/or simple and continuous span bridges; AND

* Experience using design software programs to design bridges or

structural components and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software in detailing bridge structures for highway projects.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Education 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 education and experience.

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

* Experience providing engineering design services, construction support, and technical assistance in the development of multi-span bridges that entail horizontal and vertical curvatures and skewed geometry for highway improvement projects (e.g. producing Plans, Specifications, and Estimates packages (PS&E) and layout drawings, reviewing contractor submittals, and resolving construction issues); AND

* Experience communicating and coordinating the design and detailing of bridge structure projects with internal teams; AND

* Experience using design software programs to analyze and design bridges and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software in detailing.

There is no education substitute at the level, you must have experience.

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.

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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.


Please see the Qualifications section.

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