Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-12
Department Of Homeland Security
 Oakland, CA
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This position is located in in U.S. Coast Guard, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC), Civil Engineering Unit Oakland in Oakland, CA.

NOTE: This announcement has the following cut-off date.

October 23, 2019.

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In this position, you will act as a project manager/leader of a multi-discipline team to accomplish design objectives. You will build project teams and collaborate closely with others throughout the federal Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) Oakland community.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Answering for design, layout, and construction of new and/or extension, conversion, or modernization of existing Coast Guard modern or historic facilities.
  • Performing or directing survey and investigations at projects sites to determine facility condition and obtain necessary data before initiating design.
  • Evaluating design and construction objectives, performs complex technical calculation, identifies the most economical and efficient procedures for project design and performance after considering all influencing factors.
  • Coordinating with other engineers' architects in design development to ensure coverage of all technical areas, resolving overlapping intra-disciplinary responsibilities concerning attention to design, and meeting all project objectives and schedules.
  • Preparing correspondence, technical reports, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project development.
  • Meeting with contractors, manufacturers and unit representatives to establish materials and test requirements.
  • Preparing drawings and specifications for Architect Engineer (A/E) service contracts.
  • Evaluating shop drawings, catalog outs, certificates of compliance, samples, laboratory analyses, proposal for modifications and other submittals from contractors for compliance with contract requirements.
  • Performing on-site inspection support to ensure the contractor is using the specified materials and method to accomplish the work.
  • Developing and evaluating Scope of Services (SoS) for the construction contract by conferring with construction contractors and Contracting Officer's Representatives to resolve diverse, complex and unforeseen problems or latent conditions that may arise during construction.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Require to travel 1 to 5 nights per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0830 Mechanical Engineering

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess one of the following:

Basic Requirements:

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


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:

  • 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. 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. (Must provide with your application.)
  • 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. (Must provide with your application.)
  • 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above:

You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing duties such as:

  • Developing new engineering approaches that advance current engineering concepts to apply analytical techniques to validate and resolve processes
  • Providing in-house design to meet project objectives; evaluate planning, design and construction objectives
  • Identifying the most economical and efficient procedures for design and construction
  • Formulating and reviewing; approving and implementing engineering solutions to complex technical problems

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer 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.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here