Mechanical Engineer

Department of Defense Fort Peck, MT
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About the Position: The position is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located at the Fort Peck Project in Fort Peck, MT. Fort Peck Project is located in northeastern Montana on the Missouri River about 17 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana. The Project encompasses Fort Peck Dam and Lake and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facilities. Authorized purposes include flood control, navigation, hydroelectric power, fish and wildlife, recreation, irrigation, public water and water quality. Fort Peck Dam is the largest hydraulically-filled dam in the world. It was constructed during the Great Depression of the 1930's as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The Dam is approximately four miles long and has a maximum height of 250 feet. The reservoir measures 134 miles long and has over 1500 miles of shoreline. Fort Peck Lake has some of the best fishing along the Missouri River and offers an excellent array of game fish including Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Chinook Salmon, Sauger, Northern Pike and Paddle Fish. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR) surrounds Fort Peck Lake with over 1.1 million acres of land, including the 245,000-acre Fort Peck reservoir. CMR boasts a vast array of wildlife and is noted for its excellent hunting and outdoor opportunities.

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* Perform office and field mechanical engineering duties associated with the operations, maintenance, repair and installation of mechanical equipment and systems for multipurpose dams and reservoirs.

* The work includes the mechanical features pertaining to hydroelectric power plants, switchyards and their associated water control structures.

* Develop and direct an effective and comprehensive operating maintenance and repair program.

* Make periodic field visits and furnish technical direction and assistance concerning the methods and procedures to follow in improving the preventative maintenance, repair, operation, modification and alteration of mechanical systems and equipment.

* Provide technical assistance to field personnel in regard to unusual operating and maintenance problems.

* Prepare detailed plans and specifications for equipment procurement, installation drawings and instructions, checkout procedures, tolerances, criteria for inspection, operation, installation of new equipment and modification to existing equipment.

* Develop and submit Operations and Maintenance criteria and requirements to District personnel for the planning of mechanical systems and equipment upgrades or replacements including submitting work order requests, cost estimates, and project ranking.

* Review design memos, A-E contracts, supply, service, and construction contracts for adequacy, accuracy, and completeness.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for Temporary Duty (TDY) will not exceed 10%.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0830 Mechanical Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

Basic Requirement for Mechanical Engineer:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); 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.


B. 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 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) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

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, or Puerto Rico.

3. 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 A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

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 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-11 - Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience assisting with the design of projects, involving mechanical equipment related to power generating plants or industrial plants.. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

GS-12 - Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Experience in the design, construction, or operation and maintenance (O&M) of mechanical equipment in power generating plants or industrial plants; and 2) Experience with project management managing projects through the design and construction phases coordinating the scope, design tasks, schedule, and budget. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11 or above).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

* Current Civilian Employees of the Organization

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Reinstatement

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Engineering and Technology

* Mechanical Engineering

* Project Management

* Technical Competence

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-9 or GS-11).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: